Every year the UNR Graduate Student Association gives ~$60,000 in awards and scholarships to graduate students at the university. The GSA Awards Program is a highly competitive process. Applications are judged by University faculty members and administrators.
The Spring 2019 Awards and applications are open as of February 1, 2019!
Completed application packets, including all supporting documentation, should be submitted online February 24 at 11:59 pm. Late and incomplete applications will not be considered - this includes letters of recommendations.
All awards are self nominated except the Vada Trimble Outstanding Mentor award and the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.
Applicants will be notified whether they have won an award by April 22. All applicants are invited to attend the GSA Awards Ceremony on April 29, 2019 in the JCSU Ballrooms. Doors will open at 6 pm with food and music available, the awards ceremony will begin at 7 pm. Winners are expected to attend.
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General Scholarships: (Students can only nominate themselves for up to 1 of the following scholarships)
Subject Area Scholarships:
Awards requiring nominations:
- Students must in good academic standing at the time of application as well as the time of accepting the award.
- Students who apply must not be graduating within the next year (with the exception being the Outstanding Graduating Graduate Student Award and the Outstanding Graduate Researcher Award).
- Scholarships are primarily awarded based on merit from donor funds with specific criteria. Therefore, satisfactory progress standards are different from those for financial aid. In most cases, scholarship recipients must meet both financial aid SAP and scholarship SAP.
- Students must be enrolled in coursework in both the fall and spring semesters.
- Students must complete the scholarship application form through the University of Nevada, Reno (found on MyNevada) in order to be eligible for any UNR scholarship, including ones offered by the GSA.
- Scholarships are limited to students who have attempted fewer than 150% of the minimum degree requirement. Generally, this is less than 45 graduate level credits for Masters candidates, 90 graduate level credits for terminal degree masters programs and 108 graduate level credits for Ph.D. candidates. In most cases, 150% of the minimum degree requirement results in a maximum credit limit of 12 thesis and 36 dissertation credits for scholarship awards.
- Cancellation of scholarships occurs under the following conditions: demonstrated continued academic deficiencies that prevented the student from earning the required minimum GPA and credits; the student has already received a probationary term for a multi-year scholarship; the academic deficiencies are so great that it is not possible to correct them prior to the start of the academic year; a change of major has been made to a field that is not allowed under the donor's award criteria; the student is no longer enrolled as a full-time student at the institution; based on a satisfactory progress report, the donor has decided to cancel the award regardless of the institution's policies. Students who, upon request, do not provide a thank you note for a scholarship donor may have future semesters of the award canceled.
- Satisfactory progress is checked at the end of each fall and spring term for students receiving scholarships. As a courtesy, notifications will be sent to those who have not met the award's minimum requirements. However, due to time constraints between terms, some notifications may not arrive in time to allow recipients to remedy deficiencies or make other arrangements for payment. Recipients are responsible for monitoring their own progress and knowing the award criteria for each of their scholarships. A student who receives a notice that they are on scholarship probation have one semester to cure the deficiency (either grade or credits) and receive the related scholarship funding during the probationary semester.