University Scholarships

Nevada seeks to reward academically talented students

Scholarships are automatically awarded to new freshmen who complete their application to the university by February 1 of the year preceding their fall enrollment. Awards will be based on official high school transcripts received at the original admission date and test scores received in the Office of Admissions and Records prior to February 1st. The academic index is calculated using the unweighted high school grade point average and the college entrance test score (ACT or SAT I).

After February 1 scholarships are awarded only  if funds are available. This includes spring admits.  The minimum cutoffs may be subject to change pending availability of funding.

Transfer scholarship information

Students may receive only one of the following general university scholarships, including the National Merit Scholarship.

Presidential Scholarship

The scholarship awards $5,000 per year for four years of undergraduate study to new freshmen entering the semester immediately following high school graduation. This $20,000 scholarship is awarded to qualified entering freshmen who possess the following academic credentials:

  • A minimum 3.50 cumulative unweighted high school grade point average at time of admission.
  • Either a score of 31 on the ACT or a score of 1360 on the SAT (critical reading + math) reported prior to February 1.
  • Must accept admission in MyNEVADA, and provide written acceptance of scholarship by June 15th.

This scholarship may be awarded from several different donor funds totaling $5,000 annually. Retention requires 15 UNR credits each fall and spring and a minimum 3.50 UNR cumulative GPA.

Silver and Blue Level

The Silver & Blue scholarship level provides $2,500 for the academic year for students with an academic index of 90 and above.

Nevada Scholars Level

$1,500 for the academic year with an index of 89-80.

Pack Pride Level

$1,000 for the academic year with an index of 79-73. Entering freshmen students must have a minimum 3.00 cumulative unweighted high school GPA to qualify.


These scholarships may be awarded from several different donor funds totaling $2,500, $1,500 or $1,000 annually. Renewal, based on UNR GPA, may occur for one year only and requires that the annual scholarship application be completed in MyNEVADA prior to Feb. 1.

How to Apply for Scholarships

  1. Entering freshmen will be automatically considered for General University Scholarships upon admission to the University.
    Eligible freshmen are notified shortly after they have been admitted. Priority application deadline is February 1st, annually. Awards are made after February 1 pending available funds.
  2. Transfer students are considered for General University Scholarships by their admission credentials.
    Eligible transfer students are notified shortly after they have been admitted. Priority application deadline is February 1st, annually. Awards are made after February 1 pending available funds.
  3. Be sure to apply early for admission to the University. If you feel you may need financial assistance, apply for financial aid early.
    Priority for scholarships is extended to students admitted to the University by February 1. Maximum consideration for gift aid and work study is given to students completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1st.
  4. By February 1st of each year, to be eligible for any institutional scholarship, continuing UNR students must complete the scholarship application in MyNEVADA. Go to Student Center, Supplemental Forms, Scholarship Application.
  5. Scholarships that require an additional application or other action are identified at college scholarships.
  6. Seek out and apply for private scholarships not offered through the University.
    Applying for private scholarships is time consuming, so start as early as your junior year of high school. Breaks from school are good times to spend on your search. See the External Scholarships.

A calculator is available to estimate the amount of the award for entering freshmen students by entering the high school GPA and test score information

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