Every year thousands of dollars designated to assist students in pursuing a college education go unused.  The scholarship application process should be considered like a part-time job; it requires a significant amount of time and effort that results in good benefits….money!   It is very important to pay attention to deadlines and ensure that you complete the FAFSA so that you may be eligible for the most amount of scholarship and grant money.  The counselors have highlighted the most common scholarships for our state, but it is up to you to create accounts on the various search engines and apply for the scholarships.  Remember that ultimately the place to receive the most amount of financial assistance is through the institution you will attend.  If you have any questions along the way please visit with your counselor or the career center.


Students in the state of Nevada graduating 2009 or later have the opportunity to obtain the Millennium Scholarship which provides financial assistance to attend approved NV state institutions.  In order to qualify for the scholarships students must:

  • receive a diploma with a GPA of 3.25 (weighted or unweighted) or higher; OR, have an ACT Composite score of 21 or higher and/or  a combined (reading and math) SAT score of 990 or higher.

  • pass all areas of the NHSPE or EOC exams

  • be a resident of NV for at least two years of high school

  • and complete the core curriculum (4 years of English, 4 years of math [including Algebra II], 3 years of science, and 3 years of social studies.

CLICK HERE to view/download a FAQ sheet regarding qualifications and eligibility for the Millennium Scholarship.


You can also visit the Nevada State Treasurer GGMS Website for additional Millennium Scholarship facts and information.


UNLV – University of Nevada, Las Vegas

UNR – University of Nevada, Reno

NSC – Nevada State College

  • Presidential, 3.75 GPA and higher, $5,000 per year

  • Scorpion, 3.5 – 3.74, $3,000 per year

  • Black and Gold, 3.25 – 3.49, $1,000 per year

  • Leadership – Students holding leadership positions in clubs/organizations/sports with a 2.75 GPA will receive $1,000

  • Matching – NSC will match outside scholarship up to $1,000

CSN – College of Southern Nevada

  • Complete the CSN Scholarship Application online beginning mid-February to be considered for scholarships based upon academic achievement or special talents.

  • Promise Scholarship: Applicants must complete a mentor activity on or before April 30, 2019 to qualify for the Nevada Promise Scholarship. Mentor activities will be held at some CCSD high schools as well as all three CSN campuses.

SNC – Sierra Nevada College

  • Trustee, 3.75 GPA and higher, $11,000 per year

  • Presidential, 3.25 – 3.74, $6,000 per year

  • Provost, 3.00 – 3.24, $5,000 per year

  • Eagle, 2.80 – 2.99, $4,000 per year

  • Millennium Plus Scholars Award, if you receive the Millennium Scholarship you will also receive this award, $12,500

  • Visit the SNC Freshman Scholarship website to view more scholarship opportunities.


Use the following search engines to help you find scholarships and other financial aid. Remember to pay attention to the specific requirements and deadlines of any scholarship you may find. Also, remember that there are scholarships out there that are not based solely on academic achievement and/or financial need. Don't be afraid to look at those too!

  • – Offers information and registration on PSAT, SAT I, SAT II, AP Exams and college planning through "My College Quickstart". Students can create individualized study plans based upon previous PSAT or SAT scores, search college based upon desired criteria, complete personality tests and an interest inventory for career guidance and gain access to many other helpful resources. Students MUST use the code provided to them after taking the PSAT in order to login to My College Quickstart.

  • – provides registration for the ACT exam along with preparatory information

  • Finaid – A comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools including a month by month checklist for financial aid.

  • CollegeAnswer – A website that prides itself on preparing students and parents for continuing education and is created for students wondering where to go to college and how to get there, or parents trying to unravel the mystery of both the college and financial aid application process.

  • Chegg – Lists over 1 million scholarships and aloows students to create a social media page (like Facebook) with the goal of connecting with colleges and applying for scholarships.

  • Fastweb – A scholarship search engine that contains over $3 BILLION in scholarships. Take the 15 minutes to create an account so suggested scholarships are based on your interests.

  • – Offers a plethora of scholarship information and searches and aims to assist students in finding ways to find money for college. Select "scholarship search" and create an account to input your information to discover scholarships available to you. When creating an account, take the time to fill in the answers as that determines which scholarships are shown to you.

  • – A great resource for college tips and unique scholarships, such as the Chamber of Awesome scholarship for students of Asian/Pacific Island descent that want to pursue a career in Hospitality.

  • Cappex – create an account and then view more then $11 billion in scholarships.

  • Big Future – search College Board's more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion in scholarships.

  • US Army ROTC – learn how to apply for scholarships with the US Army ROTC.



  • Prior to beginning your FAFSA application, student and parent must obtain his/her FSA ID to submit the application online.  Visit FAFSA ID Site to create your FSA ID.

  • Completing the FAFSA is a requirement to receive any federal assistance for attending colleges and trade programs. It is sometimes required for scholarships as well. Be sure to use the government website only as some sites are scams and require you to pay money. DO NOT PAY to file the FAFSA!

  • Complete the FAFSA beginning October 1, and prior to February 1, to meet college priority deadlines.