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

Scholarship Sites

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • provides students with the tools they need to make informed decisions about obtaining financial aid for college.
  • Fastweb: Free computer search of more than 375,000 scholarships.
  • 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”.
  • GoodCall Scholarship Search Engine: one of the largest databases of scholarships on the web. Unlike the others, GoodCall Scholarship Engine requires no personal information and it’s free to use.