Scholarships | Nevada State College



Our scholarships are awarded based on merit or financial need to help you BE EDUCATED to succeed in the world.


Nevada State College Foundation

The Nevada State College Foundation funds a number of scholarship programs for students. Learn more about offerings and how to apply.

Citizens Scholarship Sweepstakes

The Citizens Scholarship Sweepstakes is open to high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students as well as their parents or sponsors to help them pay for college. Entering is easy, all they need to do is fill out the registration form online and submit by June 30, 2021 to be entered for a chance to win a Grand Prize of $15,000 to use towards school expenses or one of the $2,500 monthly prizes.

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Scorpion Academic Scholarship Program

Nevada State College has developed one of the most attractive scholarship offerings in the State of Nevada.  The scholarship offerings described on this page reward incoming students for their prior academic performance and help put you on the road to success at NSC.

To BE ELIGIBLE, you must apply for admission to Nevada State College by December 18, 2020, and send your final seventh semester transcripts to the Office of Admissions & Recruitment by February 1, 2021. Scholarships will be awarded based on your unweighted GPA from transcripts received by February 1, 2021.

At the time of admission, new students who have met the scholarship deadline will be evaluated for eligibility to be named as a Scorpion Academic Scholarship recipient. Eligible students must graduate from high school with a minimum 3.25 unweighted GPA, or from a community college within the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) with a 3.25 GPA and an AA, AS, AB. Students must enroll as a full-time (12 or more financial aid-eligible credits†), degree-seeking student at Nevada State College the semester immediately following graduation. Freshman recipients may qualify to receive an award during the first eight fall or spring semesters of their enrollment, and transfer students during the first four. Students will be placed in one of three award levels based on their entering GPA as shown below.

Students must be enrolled full-time (12 or more financial aid-eligible credits) at Nevada State College to receive the award during a semester**. Nevada State College will confirm enrollment after the end of each semester's add/drop period, and reverse any disbursements for which a student is no longer eligible based on decreased enrollment.

Students placed on Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) suspension are ineligible to receive an award until they regain good SAP standing, which requires a minimum 2.0 cumulative NSC GPA and 70% pace of credit completion.  The full SAP policy is available here.

In the event recipients do not meet the enrollment or SAP requirements for any award in a semester, they may regain eligibility in the next fall or spring semester until their award expires, by enrolling full-time or regaining good SAP standing.

† In order to qualify for any financial aid funding, including grants, scholarships or loans, a course must fulfill an unmet requirement for a student's degree or certificate program at NSC.

*  Award levels may be met with a combination of scholarships and grants.

** Students in their final semester of enrollment who are not required to attend full-time to satisfy graduation requirements may have their award prorated according to their enrollment level. 75 percent for ¾ time, 50 percent for ½ time and 25 percent for less-than-half-time. Students should complete the Scholarship Exception form after applying for graduation.

2021/22 Award Level*
HS GPA Criteria
Minimum Award
3.75 and above
$2,000 per semester
Mount Scorpion Achievement
3.50 - 3.74
$1,250 per semester
Black & Gold
3.25 - 3.49
$500 per semester



  • Admission Application Deadline: December 18, 2020
  • Scholarship Application Deadline: February 1, 2021

Nevada State College will award a one-time $1,000 scholarship to new freshman students in their first semester of enrollment who served as an officer in their high school student government, applied for admission by December 18, 2020 with a 2.75 unweighted cumulative high school GPA  based on final seventh semester transcripts received no later than February 1, 2021 and who enroll as a full-time (12 or more financial aid-eligible credits†), degree-seeking student.  Applicants must submit the Leadership Scholarship Application including a letter of recommendation  no later than February 1, 2021For questions about this scholarship, email

Leadership Scholarship Letter of Recommendation Requirements:

  1. Must be written on high school letterhead.
  2. Must be written by high school counselor or student organization advisor
  3. Must state student's role within high school student government


This scholarship is available to new and continuing students. Nevada State College will provide a match of up to $500 total per semester total to students who receive scholarships from an outside agency (excludes any scholarships awarded by Nevada State College, NSHE, or the State of Nevada).

The match will be automatically applied during the semester to degree-seeking students with a minimum 2.75 cumulative NSC GPA who are making Satisfactory Academic Progress and are enrolled full-time (12 or more financial aid-eligible credits†).


Eligible Millennium Scholars must be enrolled full-time (12 or more financial aid-eligible credits) to receive the $60 per credit award and may be funded for up to 15 credits per semester. (Remedial courses are not eligible for funding, but will count toward the full-time enrollment requirement.) For information on the Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship, please visit the Office of the State Treasurer's website.


† In order to qualify for any financial aid funding, including grants, scholarships or loans, a course must fulfill an unmet requirement for a student's degree or certificate program at Nevada State College.

Scholarship Opportunity for DACA and DREAMer Students

Nevada State College is a proud partner of TheDream.US, a national scholarship fund for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Temporary Protective Status eligible DREAMers.

The scholarship is open to:

  • Current High School seniors who will graduate with a GPA of 2.5 or greater
  • Students who earned or will earn a high school equivalency diploma by the end of the academic year with a score that is equivalent to a GPA of 2.5 or greater
  • Current community college students who will graduate with a GPA of 3.0 or greater by the end of the academic year
  • Community college graduates with a GPA of 3.0
Applications are open November 1- March 1.

Find out if you qualify by visiting:

For more information, contact:

Pao Lee Vue, Ph.D.
Director of Community Engagement and Diversity Initiatives



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