External Scholarship Searches

Many scholarships are offered each year by a variety of non-university affiliated community and private organizations such as fraternal organizations, civic or religious groups, professional, trade or governmental organizations, or private foundations. The award criteria for these scholarships are as varied as the number of organizations offering them and the award amounts range from small annual scholarships to multi-year awards worth thousands of dollars.  If you are looking for instructions on how to submit scholarships from an outside organization to the University of Nevada, Reno, please review our Information for External Organizations

Applying for external scholarships can be time-consuming but the students who take the time to fill out applications are the students who are most likely to get the most money. In order to be successful, start your search as early as possible and search often. Do not pay for any financial aid or scholarship applications or search services; all scholarship applications are free.

If you are successful, be sure to send a copy of the award email with your NSHE ID to finaid@unr.edu as early as possible.


The links below are to 3rd party websites, or contain links to 3rd party websites. If you experience issues accessing the content, please notify the agency directly as well as finaid@unr.edu (please include a copy of the specific web link with issues).

A listing of external and community scholarships reviewed by our office with those frequently awarded to our students near the top.  Many of our students receive scholarships administered by Scholarship AMERICA so please check their scholarship offerings and apply!

Another way to search for scholarships is to use specialized scholarship search sites on the web. FastWeb is among the most popular search sites.  We remind you that you should never pay for a scholarship search or to apply for any scholarship.

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