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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 I 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 awarded WUE residency status 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.

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)
  • Either a score of 31 on the ACT or a score of 1360 on the SAT I (critical reading + math) officially reported prior to February 1 (December is the last possible test date)
  • Must accept admission in MyNEVADA, pay the $250 advanced registration fee 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.

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.

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 they offered level of funding may be comprised of several donor named accounts. For full time first year students who earn at least a 3.4 University of Nevada, Reno cumulative GPA, a second year of scholarship funding is offered to students who complete the annual Graduate & Undergraduate scholarship application 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. 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. 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.
  3. To be eligible for any institutional scholarship, continuing University undergraduate and graduate students must complete the scholarship application in MyNEVADA.  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.  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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