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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 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 I only) received in the Office of Admissions and Records prior to February 1st.

After February 1 scholarships are awarded only  if funds are available. This includes spring admits.  The minimum scholarship award level is 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 I (critical reading + math) reported prior to February 1
  • Must accept admission in MyNEVADA and provide formal written acceptance of scholarship by 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.

Silver and Blue Level provides $2,500 for the academic year for students who are not Presidential scholars who have an academic index of 90 and above

Nevada Scholars Level provides $1,500 for the academic year to students who are not Presidential scholars who have an academic index of 89-80.

Pack Pride Level provides $1,000 for the academic year to students with an academic index of 79-73.

Entering freshmen students must have a minimum 3.00 cumulative unweighted high school GPA to qualify for academic scholarships. These scholarship levels are funded from many different donor funds and the scholarship aid received from all funds will total at least $2,500, $1,500 or $1,000 annually. Renewal, for students who earn at least a 3.3 University of Nevada, Reno cumulative 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.  Students who choose to accept admission to the University of Nevada, Reno early may be considered for a small number of scholarship upgrades 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. Transfer students are considered for General University Scholarships based on cumulative GPA for all attempted college coursework
    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) annually by March 1st.
  4. By February 1st of each year, to be eligible for any institutional scholarship, continuing University students must complete the scholarship application in MyNEVADA. Login and go to Student Center, Supplemental Forms, Graduate and Undergraduate Scholarship Application.
  5. Scholarships that require an additional application or other action are identified at college scholarships.
  6. 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. Breaks from school are good times to spend on your search. 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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