Types of Scholarships

There are different types of scholarships, including:

  • College Scholarships –  are given by a specific college. Check a particular college or university for potential scholarships.
  • Local Scholarships – Specific to your town, school, etc.
  • State Scholarships – Many states offer a limited number of scholarships to students who attend post-secondary schools in-state. Nevada offers the Millennium Scholarship, UNLV Tuition Plus Scholarship, and Nevada Promise Scholarship – which may be used at one of the state’s four community colleges.
  • National Scholarships – These are competitive scholarships offered on a national level, such as the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. For details, please see below.

Recent Scholarship Announcements

Current Scholarship List

UNLV Freshman Scholarships

UNLV is currently re-evaluating our merit-based scholarship awarding process for the fall 2022 semester. As we update this process, please note that our priority deadline remains Nov. 15, 2021. Be sure to complete the FAFSA or Alternate Need Form and be admitted to UNLV by this date for priority consideration.

We look forward to sharing our revised merit-based scholarship awarding process with you soon!

  • Entering first-year students are automatically considered for scholarships based on admission to the university and the completion of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Alternate Need Form.
  • The priority deadline for financial aid and scholarship consideration is Nov. 15. Students must have completed a FAFSA or Alternate Need Form and be admitted to UNLV by the Nov. 15 deadline to receive priority consideration for scholarship awards.
  • The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships will notify students who receive a UNLV scholarship through MyUNLV.

UNR Freshman 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.


Nevada State College

State Scholarship Information

  • Millennium Scholarship: $10,000 scholarship for Nevada high school graduates with a minimum 3.25 grade point average.  Graduating classes of 2009 and later will also need 4 years of math including Algebra II and 3 years of natural science.
  • UNLV Tuition+ Award Program: This award provides Nevada residents, DACA or undocumented Nevada residents, whose Expected Family Contribution (EFC) are Federal Pell Grant eligible, the equivalent of 12 credit hours of tuition and fees each semester, plus another $1,000 for books for the school year.

More Scholarship Sites

  • PEF Scholarships PLUS: The Scholarships PLUS program provides an extensive variety of scholarships to increase student access to post-secondary opportunities in support of their educational goals.
  • Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE): As an interstate compact, WICHE partners with states, territories, and postsecondary institutions to share knowledge, create resources, and develop innovative solutions that address some of our society’s most pressing needs. 
  • Student Athlete NCAA Guide: The following link should be utilized by any student who plans to attend an NCAA Division I, II or III school to participate in an NCAA sponsored sport. For further information regarding requirements, please see your counselor.
  • provides students with the tools they need to make informed decisions about obtaining financial aid for college.
  • The Scholarship for Military Children program is designed to reach out to the military community. The scholarship program is administered by Fisher House Foundation and is funded by the manufacturers and other vendors that sell groceries and perform services in the commissary system.
  • The Gates Millennium Scholars is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and administered by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF).
  • The Davidson Fellows Award: From$10,000 to $50,000, The Davidson Fellows Award recognizes the achievement of young people who can demonstrate the development of their talents with a significant piece of work in one of the following submission categories: Science, Technology, Mathematics, Music, Literature, Philosophy or “Outside the Box”.
  • My Mozaic: MyMozaic serves as an on-line scrapbook, helping you display your son or daughter’s accomplishments and talents. Using our digital platform, you can create a highly detailed snapshot to “market” your graduate to potential college recruiters, counselors and coaches.
  • Bold : Bold is a scholarship platform that was founded in 2019. The premise of the platform is simple: companies, nonprofits, and even individuals can create a custom scholarship, fellowship, or grant opportunity for students.
  • Scholarship America: Scholarship America works directly with students, parents, colleges, businesses and communities to help students fulfill their college dreams. Since it was founded in 1958, Scholarship America has distributed $4.5 billion to more than 2.8 million students … and counting.
  • American College Foundation: Annual Visionary Scholarship