First-year scholarships

All new freshmen who would like to be considered for scholarships must complete the University’s Freshman Application for Scholarships and Awards and file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Institutional Methodology for FAFSA-Ineligible Students form. You do not have to demonstrate financial need to receive a scholarship or award, but the FAFSA or Institutional Methodology allows you to be considered for supplemental funding.

Who is eligible to receive scholarships?

All new freshmen may be considered for scholarships. The general scholarship program is restricted to Nevada residents. However, other scholarship dollars may be available to non-residents.

What do I have to do to be eligible for scholarship consideration?

To be eligible for first-year scholarships, all requirements below must be met by the listed deadlines:

    1. Apply for admission. Apply for admission to the University of Nevada, Reno by February 1st of the year you will start college.
    2. Submit your high school transcripts. The University must receive your high school transcripts by February 1st of the year you will start college. Be sure to request that your transcripts are sent from your high school early enough to ensure they arrive on time.
    3. Complete the scholarship application. Complete the University's Freshman Application for Scholarships and Awards by February 15th.
    4. Complete your FAFSA or Institutional Methodology form. Complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or the Institutional Methodology for FAFSA-Ineligible Students form by February 15th.

How and when do I apply for scholarships and awards?

Students must first apply for admission. Following the receipt of the application for admission, students will receive an acknowledgement letter. This letter provides instructions on how to activate their MyNEVADA account and how to access the scholarship application. Students must activate their MyNEVADA account in order to access the Freshman Application for Scholarships and Award, which is found by clicking on the tasks tile in MyNevada and locating the heading “supplemental forms.”

Applications for scholarships and awards are available in MyNEVADA beginning on October 1.

  • How are scholarships awarded?

    Eligibility to receive scholarships and awards is determined after a holistic review of the application for admission, the scholarship application, and FAFSA or Institutional Methodology. Applications are evaluated on a competitive basis. Award decisions are based upon a combination of grade point average and other factors, including but not limited to the following:

    • Participation in leadership activities such as student government, service organizations or student activities
    • Community service
    • Work and family obligations
    • Special talents
    • Potential for success based upon academic performance through the completion of an academically rigorous program, e.g., class rank, AP credits, honors classes, IB program, foreign language, weighted GPA, number of academic core classes
    • Completion of a writing sample (this is required for the Presidential Scholarship but is optional for all other awards)
  • When will I be notified of my scholarship and award?

    Students will be notified of their financial aid and scholarship package beginning in April. 

  • How do I accept my scholarship?

    If awarded, you accept your scholarship by accepting admission (non-binding) in MyNEVADA by June 1.

  • What is the award amount for most scholarships?

    Scholarships amounts range from $500 to $2,000.

  • What is the required grade point average for scholarship and award consideration?

    A 3.2 unweighted GPA is recommended to be competitive.

  • What is the FAFSA and when is it available?

    The Free Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) allows the University to consider you for a variety of need-based scholarships and awards. You do not have to demonstrate financial need to receive a scholarship or award, but the FAFSA allows you to be considered for supplemental funding.

    The 2021-22 FAFSA is avaialble beginning on October 1.

  • What is the Institutional Methodology form and when is it available?

    The Institutional Methodology for FAFSA-Ineligible Students form is for students, including international students and other non-citizens, who are not be eligible to file a FAFSA. You do not have to demonstrate financial need to receive a scholarship or award, but the Institutional Methodology form allows you to be considered for supplemental funding.

    The 2021-22 Institutional Methodology form is available beginning on October 1.

Presidential Scholarship

The Presidential Scholarship is awarded to those who demonstrate a combination of outstanding academic performance and excellence in the criteria listed above. The minimum grade point average for consideration is a 3.5. These awards are limited and are awarded on a competitive basis. The value of this award is $8,000 per year, renewable for four years.

National Merit Scholarship

The National Merit is the University's most prestigious scholarship for entering freshman who are National Merit Finalists and who select our University as their first choice with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation before May 1. The value of this award is $16,000 per year, renewable for four years.