For six years, the University of Nevada, Reno has partnered with area high schools in Nevada Scholars Signing Days, ceremonies reminiscent of high school athletes' "signing days" to acknowledge the decision of these "best-and-brightest" scholars to pursue their college degree in Nevada.
The University's student body recently included about 220 Presidential Scholars and 46 National Merit Scholars, the largest number ever enrolled at Nevada. Scholarships awarded through National Merit programs are regarded as some of the highest academic honors attainable by U.S. high school students. The University was notified of its sponsorship status by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation five years ago.
National Merit Scholars receive a $15,000 annual scholarship, which covers tuition and fees, books, automatic entry into the Honors Program, as well as room and board in the Residential Scholars Community of the new Nevada Living Learning Community building. Presidential Scholars receive $5,000 per year for four years of undergraduate study.
University President Marc Johnson, Provost Kevin Carman, deans, department chairs and many more University representatives were on hand at these events to congratulate and welcome the scholars who will enter the University as part of the Wolf Pack family this fall.