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Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The HSF Scholarship is designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a university degree. Scholarships are available, on a competitive basis, to High school seniors, Undergraduate students (all years), Community college students transferring to four year universities, Graduate Students. Awards are based on merit; amounts range from $500 to $5,000, based on relative need, among the Scholars selected.

La Unidad Latina Foundation

La Unidad Latina Foundation offers scholarships of $500 to $1,000 to scholars pursing academic excellence in higher education. Scholarships are available on a competitive basis to undergraduate four-year college, and graduate students who meet the following criteria and abide the requirements.

McDonald’s HACER Scholarship

McDonald’s HACER® National Scholarship, which counts on the exclusive support of McDonald’s Corporation and McDonald’s Hispanic owner/operators, awarded a total of $500,000 to 30 outstanding Hispanic high school seniors to help finance their tuition. The HACER scholarship winners are selected based on their academic achievement, community involvement, and financial need. The rigorous selection process includes a completed application, a personal questionnaire and interviews with a distinguished panel of judges representing academia, business, media, and McDonald’s.



Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, providing them with skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity. The Institute of International Education has administered the program since its inception in 2001. The Gilman Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies and interns abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. The program aims to encourage students to study and intern in a diverse array of countries or areas and world regions.

Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program

The Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program is open to underrepresented, low-income and first-generation college-bound students. Students must be pursuing an undergraduate degree full-time in transportation, math, science, engineering, architecture, environmental design, PreMed, psychology, Spanish language/literature. The applicant does not have to be a U.S. citizen but must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and proof of attending college beginning in the fall semester. Recommendation by a faculty member is optional but highly suggested. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s website.

Project Yellow Light

Project Yellow Light is a scholarship competition designed to bring about change. People know texting and driving is dangerous, but they do it anyway. As an applicant you have one clear mission: create a PSA to encourage your friends to avoid distracted driving, specifically texting while driving. Together, we can spread the message that texting and driving is unacceptable for all of us. No one is special enough to text and drive. You must be a high school junior or senior between the ages of 14 and 20; or a full-time undergraduate college student between the ages of 15 and 25. If you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian must sign an eligibility form.

Lime Connect Pathways Scholarship for High School Seniors

Lime Connect believes strongly in the potential of high school students who happen to have all types of disabilities, and is committed to supporting their future. In 2019, we were pleased to launch our inaugural Pathways Scholarship designed for current high school seniors who are pursuing a degree at a four-year university or college in either the U.S. or Canada. Recipients of the Lime Connect Pathways Scholarship each receive $1,000 in support of their university/college studies. The awards are merit-based, but financial need will be taken into consideration.



Millenium Scholarship

Millennium Scholars at a NSHE state college will receive $60 per enrolled credit hour. Millennium Scholars at all other eligible institutions will receive $80 per enrolled credit hour. Millennium Scholarship funding is limited to a maximum of 12 credits per semester (24 per academic year), counting all coursework at all institutions. Scholarships are available for up to six academic years following high school graduation for up to a maximum life time total of $10,000. There is no application process. Eligible Nevada High School graduates will be notified of their award by mail the first week of August 2020.

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

The scholarship program of the Las Vegas branch of the American Association of University Women recognizes and supports education for women.

Kenny C. Guinn Memorial Scholarship

Signed into law by Governor Sandoval in 2011, the Kenny C. Guinn Memorial Scholarship is a merit-based fund managed by the Nevada State Treasurer’s Office. Each year, the trust fund is used to bestow additional scholarships to qualified college students entering their senior year and who are majoring in elementary or secondary education with the intent of teaching in Nevada. The Kenny C Guinn Memorial Scholarship awards four scholarships in the amount of $5000 each to two students in northern Nevada and two students in southern Nevada.

Nevada’s Otto Huth Scholarship

Nevada’s Division of Child & Family Services (DCFS) established the Otto Huth Scholarship to cover tuition, on-campus housing, meal plans, and textbooks for up to $40,000 total. It’s intended for youth who’ve aged out of the foster system and wish to attend an accredited two-year trade school or four-year university.

The Public Education Foundation

The Public Education Foundation compiles local scholarships available to students of Nevada. There is a variety of scholarships with focuses on specific schools, field interests, or organizations.

Bruce Fishkin Scholarship Fund

Following the motto “Ability is Nothing Without Opportunity,” the Bruce Fishkin Scholarship Fund was created in 2010 to provide full-tuition coverage, including room and board. These large financial aid packages are reserved for residents of Chicago, Las Vegas, and Fairfield or Westport, Connecticut.



Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholars

Scholarship awards range from one-time $2,500 awards to multi-year $20,000 awards. APIA Scholars provides scholarships to underserved APIA students with a special focus on those who live at or below the poverty level, or are otherwise of low socioeconomic status, are the first in their families to attend college, are representative of the APIA community’s diversity (geographically and ethnically), have placed a strong emphasis on community service and leadership as well as solid academic achievement.

Asian Pacific Fund

The Asian Pacific Fund administers 10 scholarship programs to help undergraduate and graduate students achieve their education goals, each with unique eligibility criteria. Scholarship amounts range from $1,000 to $20,000.

Gay Asian Pacific Alliance Foundation

Provides academic scholarships to non-traditional API LGBTQ students and core funding to under-resourced and/or underrepresented local community organizations and projects. In addition to the monetary support, GAPA Foundation also seeks to nurture and support these organizations for future growth and independence through infrastructural support such as mentorship and leadership development. The application is open to students who attend community college, university, and trade/vocational school. Applicants should have a strong history of activism within the API and/or LGBTQ+ communities; however, applicants do not need to identify as either to apply.

The LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships

(Applies to all minority groups)

Thirty undergraduate students pursuing a degree in a field related to advertising, marketing or public relations will be selected to receive the LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship. This award comes with $2,000 towards tuition and fees, as well as a fully-funded trip to New York or San Francisco, where selected students will attend professional development workshops.

Asian Pacific Community Fund

APCF is excited to partner with local donors to offer scholarship programs annually to financially assist students in their pursuit of higher education. Through a competitive process, scholarship recipients are selected by a review committee based on academic merits, community involvement, leadership skills as well as recommendation from a mentor. Many of their scholarship programs are intended to support low-income youth, and several programs encourage students to study locally at a community college or state university.



Ron Brown Scholar Program

The Ron Brown Scholar Program provides Scholars with the financial resources to attend some of the finest colleges and universities in the country. Upon acceptance, Scholars are each awarded $40,000 ($10,000 per year for 4 years toward educational expenses), that may be used at the college or university of their choice. Acceptance into the Program means Scholars are also provided with the nurturing and mentorship to succeed and flourish in college and beyond.

2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Award Nomination

With the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in mind, the search committee for this scholarship is seeking a minority student who exhibits the key qualities of King’s work – compassion, cooperation and a desire for communal betterment. Applicants must write a short essay that discusses how they intend to implement Dr. King’s teachings into their lives.




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

Financial Aid/Scholarship/Grant Opportunities

Silver State Opportunity Grant Program

The SSOG Program was established by the Nevada Legislature in 2015 to provide grants to eligible low-income students who are college-ready to assist with funding a portion of the cost of attending a community or state college within the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE).  Limited funds are awarded to students enrolled in 15 or more financial aid-eligible credits in a semester on a first-come, first-served basis according to a formula established by the NSHE Board of Regents.  Students should complete the FAFSA or NSC’s Non-Federal Aid Application in order to be considered for this award.

Nevada State Access Grant

Funded from both state and institutional sources, these grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to students who also qualify to receive the Federal Pell Grant.  Award amounts are based both on a student’s EFC and number of credits taken in a term.  The priority deadline is January 15 to be considered for the upcoming academic year.

Nevada State College Grant

This institutionally-funded grant is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to students who, although otherwise eligible to receive federal student aid, are ineligible to receive the Federal Pell Grant, but still demonstrate a high level of need with an EFC of 15,000 or less.  Award amounts are based both on a student’s EFC and number of credits taken in a term.  The priority deadline is January 15 to be considered for the upcoming academic year.

Nevada State Opportunity Grant

his institutionally-funded grant is awarded to NSC students who are not eligible to apply for any type of Federal Student Aid, but who demonstrate a high level of need with an EFC of 15,000 or less according to their FAFSA or NSC Non-Federal Aid Application. Award amounts are based both on a student’s EFC and number of credits taken in a term.

NSC Foundation Scholarships

The Nevada State College Foundation funds a number of scholarship programs for students. Applications are reviewed by NSC committees which include faculty from across campus. Award amounts are determined by the Foundation based on donor agreements. Please keep in mind that Board of Regents’ policies require scholarship recipients to have at least a 2.75 GPA. The 2021-2022 application will be available from December 15, 2020 through April 15, 2021.

NSC Scholarships

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 January 15, 2020, and send your final seventh semester transcripts to the Office of Admissions & Recruitment by February 1, 2020. Scholarships will be awarded based on your unweighted GPA from transcripts received by February 1, 2020. Black & Gold level awards are based on available funding and are not guaranteed.


Students with Disabilities

OAR – The Lisa Higgins Hussman Scholarship

Supports students attending two year universities, life skills or postsecondary programs, or vocational, technical, or trade schools. Hussman applicants typically make up the pool of talented students who face daily challenges related to autism and attend programs that assist in skill-building, job-readiness, and other transition-related skills. Any individual with an established autism diagnosis and who will be attending an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education in the United States for the Fall 2020/Spring 2021 semesters is eligible to apply. Eligible individuals need to be enrolled on a full-time basis or be working toward certification or accreditation in a particular field (e.g., studying to be a paralegal, chef, etc.).

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Award Programs

ASHA has created several programs to foster leadership and promote careers in academia and research. Programs are available to undergraduate, master’s, AuD, and PhD students enrolled in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) programs; postdoctoral fellows; as well as new and mid-career faculty.

Live Bella Soul – Anderson and Stowell Scholarship

Empowering college students with chronic illness and disability through scholarships and emotional support. Must be a college student living with a physical ailment, physical disease, and/or physical disability. Must be enrolled as full/part time student, and must not be on academic probation.This scholarship is $450!

Sertoma Scholarship for the Hard of Hearing of Deaf

This scholarship for students with a minimum 40dB bilateral hearing loss in both ears may be used to cover tuition, books and supplies. Applicants must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree on a full-time basis at a college or university in the U.S.

ABC Law Centers Cerebral Palsy Annual Scholarship

Designed to both increase awareness of cerebral palsy and celebrate the achievements of those affected by it, this scholarship is awarded to students enrolled as graduate or undergraduate students with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Applicants must write an essay reflecting on how cerebral palsy affects their lives.

National Federation of the Blind

There are more than 30 merit-based, national scholarship opportunities available through the National Federation of the Blind. To be eligible, students must attend a postsecondary institution full time and attend the NFB national convention.


Muslim Students

Scholarship for Women

This website helps Muslim students find forms of financial aid via different sources. Scholarship amount and deadlines vary.

Aziz Jamaluddin Scholarship

This scholarship, awarded to Muslim students pursuing degrees in Journalism and/or Political Science, was founded on the hope that an educated generation could communicate the true message of Islam across many forms of media. To be eligible, the student must: have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, demonstrate financial need, be an American citizen, be majoring in Journalism or PoliSci, submit two letters of recommendation, and answer a short essay question.

Islamic Scholarship Fund

The Islamic Scholarship Fund was founded in order to address the under-representation of American Muslims in certain fields and occupations, especially those that influence public policy. To be eligible, the student must: be enrolled in an accredited university, be majoring in a field supported by the ISF, such as: journalism, anthropology, law, linguistics, and public policy among others.


Veteran Scholarships

Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship Program

The Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship Program provides scholarships to fill unmet financial need of veterans after military benefits and other grants and scholarships have been packaged by their school. This financial support will allow veterans to focus on completing their education and reduce reliance on student loans. Applicants must be high school or GED graduates who plan to enroll or students who are already enrolled in full-time undergraduate or graduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the entire 2020-221 academic year.

Wells Fargo Veterans Emergency Grant Program

The Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship Program provides scholarships to fill unmet financial need of veterans after military benefits and other grants and scholarships have been packaged by their school. This financial support will allow veterans to focus on completing their education and reduce reliance on student loans. Applicants must already be enrolled in full-time undergraduate or graduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the entire 2020-2021 academic year.

Armed Forces Communications & Electronic Association – War Veterans Scholarship

Merit-based scholarships of $2,500 will be awarded to persons on active duty in the uniformed military services, to honorably discharged U.S. military veterans (including Reservists and National Guard personnel), who are actively pursuing (currently enrolled and attending classes) an undergraduate degree part-time or full-time at an accredited 4-year college or university in the U.S. who served in Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan and/ or Iraqi Freedom Combat Operations (2003-Present). Recipients must be currently enrolled and attending classes in an undergraduate program part time or full time in an eligible STEM major degree program at an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S (see eligibility section paragraph 4 for list of acceptable STEM majors).

AMVETS Scholarship

AMVETS offers scholarships through our National Service Foundation (NSF) and donations. They are for Veteran (other than dishonorable), Active Duty, Guard, and Reserves; Spouses; and Children/Grandchildren of Veterans, Active Duty, Guard, and Reserves who are currently in high school. The scholarships, up to $12,000 are only for part-time or full-time study at a four (4) year accredited undergraduate college or university leading to a non-specific degree.

Ankin Law Military Scholarship

The Ankin Law Office Annual Scholarship for Military Veterans recognizes the sacrifice our veterans and their families have made for our country. Part of that sacrifice includes delaying education and training to serve our country. We hope this $1,000 scholarship will help the award recipient transition to a civilian career. The funds will be used for tuition and books only and be paid directly to the award recipient’s educational institution. A committee will select the winner based on the essay submitted. This scholarship is open to military veterans of the United States Armed Forces and immediate family members (parents, children) who will be enrolled full-time in fall 2020 in an accredited community college or university (undergraduate or graduate), earning credits toward a degree (associate, baccalaureate, or graduate). Trade or vocational programs will also qualify.

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