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University Scholarships

Nevada seeks to reward academically talented students

Scholarships are automatically awarded to new freshmen who complete their application to the University of Nevada, Reno (University) by February 1 of the year preceding their fall enrollment. Awards will be based on an academic index calculated from the official high school transcript unweighted grade point average evaluated at the original admission date and official test scores (ACT composite or SAT only) received in the Office of Admissions and Records prior to February 1st.  The final ACT and SAT test dates which report by the February 1 deadline occur each December.  Students offered a non-resident tuition discount such as WUE or Nevada Advantage are only eligible for the Presidential or National Merit Level scholarship.  A minimum 22 ACT concordant score and 3.2 unweighted high school GPA are required to receive a first year scholarship offer.  Students committed to attending the University of Nevada, Reno are encouraged to apply early and accept admission early.  Students who accept admission in MyNEVADA prior to January 30 who also wish to be considered for one of a few dozen scholarship upgrades offered to incoming students need to complete the MyNEVADA supplemental form titled Graduate and Undergraduate scholarship application prior to the February 1 priority deadline.  Students offered the Pack Pride level or Nevada Scholar level scholarships must pay the $250 Advanced Registration Deposit prior to June 1 or the offer will be cancelled.

After February 1 scholarships are awarded to students admitted to the University only  if funds are available. This includes spring admits to the University.  The minimum scholarship award level is subject to change.

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 report the following academic credentials prior to February 1:

  • A minimum 3.50 cumulative unweighted high school grade point average at time of admission (6th or 7th semester official transcripts are valid for admission purposes)
  • A score of 31 on the ACT or the equivalent SAT score officially reported prior to February 1 (December is the last possible test date)
  • Must accept admission in MyNEVADA, pay the $250 Advanced Registration Deposit and provide formal written acceptance of scholarship before June 1

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

Nevada Scholars Level provides $1,500 for the academic year to students who are not Presidential scholars who have an academic index of 80 or more and a minimum 3.2 unweighted cumulative high school GPA at admission and a minimum 22 ACT concordant score reported by February 1. This category is not available to students who have been offered a non-resident tuition discount such as WUE or Nevada Advantage.

Pack Pride Level provides $1,000 for the academic year to students with an academic index under 80 and a 3.2 Unweighted cumulative high school GPA at admission and a minimum 22 ACT concordant score reported by February 1. This category is not available to students who have been offered a non-resident tuition discount such as WUE or Nevada Advantage.

Entering freshmen must have a minimum 3.20 cumulative unweighted high school GPA at admission and the equivalent of a 22 ACT composite test score to qualify for academic scholarships. The scholarship offers are for one year and the offered level of funding may be comprised of several donor named accounts. Full time first year students who do not have a non-resident tuition discount such as WUE or Nevada Advantage who earn at least a 3.4 University of Nevada, Reno cumulative GPA during their first year will receive a second year of scholarship funding if they complete the annual Graduate & Undergraduate scholarship application in MyNEVADA prior to February 1 of their first year at the University of Nevada, Reno.

How to Apply for Scholarships

  1. Entering freshmen are 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. Students who choose to accept admission to the University of Nevada, Reno early may be considered for upgrades and additional scholarships by completing the Graduate and Undergraduate Scholarship application in the supplemental forms section of the MyNEVADA student center.  The priority deadline for completing this application is also February 1.
  2. 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) prior to February 1.  New for the 2017-18 academic year, the FAFSA opens October 1.
  3. To be eligible for any institutional scholarship, continuing University undergraduate and graduate students must complete the Graduate & Undergraduate scholarship application in MyNEVADA annually.  Completion by the February 1 priority deadline is highly encouraged. Login to MyNevada and go to Supplemental Forms and complete, sign, save and submit the Graduate and Undergraduate Scholarship Application.  There is a late Graduate and Undergraduate scholarship application available annually until May 31 for students who miss the priority deadline.  If you have questions about the application, please see our brief video.
  4. Scholarships that require an additional application or other action are identified at college scholarships.
  5. Seek out and apply for external or community scholarships not offered through the University.
    Applying for external scholarships is time consuming, so start as early as your junior year of high school. The winter break from school in January is a great time to apply for community scholarships. See 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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