Eligibility and selection criteria
The selection process has involved criteria set forth by the CREATE program faculty as well as the National Science Foundation. To be eligible for the CREATE program, scholars must
- 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
- 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
- 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+
- Demonstrate a passion for engineering as shown in your application materials, required letters of recommendation, and the general University of Nevada, Reno scholarship application.
Scholars are preferred to have participated in leadership and community-related activities and to have enrolled in mathematics and science classes in high school.
To maintain the scholarship, scholars must maintain a 2.5 engineering GPA and progress toward their degree in the College of Engineering. They must also actively participate in CREATE program activities as defined by the program faculty, and they are encouraged to live in the Engineering Living Learning Community (LLC) residential hall during their freshman year.
At the end of every fall and spring semester, each CREATE scholar’s academic performance is evaluated to determine whether they continue to meet the performance standards. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships monitors adherence to eligibility criteria.
In addition, each semester, scholars meet with their CREATE academic advisor to determine if they have met the curricular and co-curricular requirements of the CREATE program. If a scholar has not met these standards, an individual response plan (for retention) is designed, and additional academic support is provided as needed. If a scholar does not meet the performance standards for continuing in the program, they may be placed on a probationary status, and following an opportunity period to improve their performance, the scholarship may be discontinued.