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 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 offered a non-resident tuition discount such as WUE or Nevada Advantage are only eligible for the Presidential or National Merit Level scholarship. A minimum single sitting 22 ACT or 1100 SAT score and 3.2 unweighted high school GPA are required to be received in Admissions and Records by February 1 to receive a first year scholarship offer. Students committed to attending the University of Nevada, Reno are encouraged to apply for admission early. Students admitted prior to January 30 who wish to be considered for one of a few dozen scholarship upgrades need to accept admission and complete the MyNEVADA supplemental form titled Graduate and Undergraduate scholarship application prior to the February 1 priority deadline. Students offered the Pack Pride level or Nevada Scholar level scholarships must accept admission, complete the Advanced Registration Questionnaire and pay the $250 Advanced Registration Deposit prior to June 1 or the offer will be cancelled.
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.
The scholarship awards $8,000 per year for four years of undergraduate study to new freshmen entering the semester immediately following high school graduation. This $32,000 scholarship is awarded to qualified entering freshmen who apply for admission and 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)
- A composite score of 31 on the ACT or the equivalent SAT score (1420) officially reported to Admissions & Records prior to February 1 (December is the last possible test date)
- Students who wish to accept a Presidential scholarship offer must pay the $250 Advanced Registration Deposit, complete the Advanced Registration questionnaire and provide formal written acceptance of the scholarship to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships before June 1
This scholarship may be paid from several different donor funds and will total $8,000 annually. Retention requires 15 University credits each fall and spring and a minimum 3.50 University cumulative GPA.
- Nevada Scholars Level provides $2,500 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 or 1100 SAT (single sitting) score reported to Admissions & Records by February 1. This category is not available to students who have been offered a non-resident tuition discount such as WUE or Nevada Advantage.
- Pack Pride Level provides $1,500 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 or 1100 SAT (single sitting) score reported to Admissions & Records by February 1. This category is not available to students who have been offered a non-resident tuition discount such as WUE or Nevada Advantage.
Entering freshmen must have a minimum 3.20 cumulative unweighted high school GPA at admission and either a 22 ACT composite or 1100 SAT test score reported officially to the Office of Admissions & Records to qualify for academic scholarships. The scholarship offers are for one year and the offered level of funding may be comprised of several donor named accounts. Full time first year students who do not have a non-resident tuition discount such as WUE or Nevada Advantage who earn at least a 3.4 University of Nevada, Reno cumulative GPA during their first year will receive a second year of scholarship funding if they complete the annual Graduate & Undergraduate scholarship application in MyNEVADA prior to February 1 of their first year at the University of Nevada, Reno.
How to Apply for Scholarships
- Entering freshmen are automatically considered for scholarships upon admission to the University if they have a complete application for admission (application, application fee, official high school transcript, official ACT and/or SAT scores from the testing agency) submitted by February 1
Eligible freshmen are notified a couple of weeks after admission if they qualify for a scholarship. Students who are committed to the University of Nevada, Reno early may be considered for upgrades and additional scholarships by accepting admission and 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 February 1.
- 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 who complete an application for admission 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) or the Institutional Methodology for FAFSA Ineligible Students form prior to February 1. The FAFSA may be completed as early as October 1 annually.
- To be eligible for any institutional scholarship, continuing University undergraduate and graduate students must submit the Graduate & Undergraduate scholarship application in MyNEVADA annually. Submission 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. There is a late Graduate and Undergraduate scholarship application available annually until May 31 for students who miss the priority deadline.
- Scholarships that require an additional application or other action are identified at college scholarships if the department or college notified our office of a supplemental application.
- 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 each 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