About the CREATE program at the University of Nevada, Reno

The “Creating Retention and Engagement for Academically Talented Engineers” program (CREATE), at the University of Nevada, Reno is a scholarship program funded by the National Science Foundation. The program supports a total of 32 academically talented, financially eligible students enrolled in majors in the College of Engineering.

Dean Maragkis speaks to a group of CREATE scholars

CREATE scholars receive a combination of  academic and professional development support to help them be successful as engineering students, graduate with an engineering degree and enter the engineering workforce or graduate school.

The program will award a scholarship to each CREATE scholar based on eligibility criteria set forth by the program guidelines. The maximum scholarship that can be awarded is $5,000 per year for up to four years and can be offered in addition to what may be provided through other forms of financial aid, including grants and scholarships.


Eligibility and selection criteria

The selection process will involve criteria set forth by the CREATE program faculty as well as the National Science Foundation. To be eligible for the CREATE program, you must

  1. Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national (as defined in section 101(a), Immigration and Nationality Act), alien admitted as refugee under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, or alien lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence
  2. Be enrolled full-time at the University of Nevada, Reno (minimum 15 credits each semester, for graduation in four years) in an engineering major in the College of Engineering
  3. Demonstrate academic ability and potential, based on high school or transfer GPA, ACT, or SAT scores, as determined for admission in engineering programs at UNR. i.e. minimum GPA = 3.3, Math SAT /ACT for placement in Calculus 1 = 650+/28+
  4. Demonstrate a passion for engineering as shown in your application materials, required letters of recommendation, and the general University of Nevada, Reno scholarship application.

Students are preferred to have participated in leadership and community-related activities and to have enrolled in mathematics and science classes in high school. You must be enrolled in a degree program in the College of Engineering at the start of the fall semester 2020. 

Scholarship renewal

Create Scholars work on icebreaker worksheets

To maintain the scholarship, you must maintain a 2.5 engineering GPA and progress toward your degree in the College of Engineering. You must also actively participate in CREATE program activities as defined by the program faculty and live in the Engineering Living Learning Community (LLC) residential hall.

At the end of every fall semester, each CREATE scholar’s academic performance will be evaluated to determine whether they continue to meet the performance standards. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will monitor adherence to eligibility criteria.

In addition, each semester, you will meet with your CREATE academic advisor to determine if you have met certain standards of the CREATE program. If you have not met these standards, an individual response plan (for retention) will be designed, and additional academic support will be provided as needed. If you do not meet the performance standards for continuing in the program, you may be placed on a probationary status, and following an opportunity period to improve your performance, the scholarship may be discontinued.