General Financial Aid Tips

  • Current Scholarships

    Updated by Ms. Ortiz 1/19/21

    All information posted here has been sent to Reno High School.  We want to make it easy for you to access, so we included the online links to go directly to the scholarships. You will need to submit most applications at the listed websites.



    DUE 01/21/2021 MORBY FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCHOLARSHIP, $7,500. This scholarship is for students for which language is an integral part of their lives. Click and open the Morby Fine Arts Scholarship and save it to your device. Applications must be typed. All applications must be submitted via email containing multiple attachments: application, essay, resume, applicant photo and three digital copies of artwork. Do not embed photo/artwork in email. NO GOOGLE DOC LINKS. For Identification, all digital files should have your name as a part of the file name. ESSAY: Type an essay, one page maximum, describing how your knowledge and the use of Foreign Languages is integral to your past, present and future. There is an emphasis on acquisition of a non-native language. Title this page “Morby Foreign Language Scholarship Essay” and type your name at the top left corner of the page. Save it as a separate document or add it after the last page of the application document. Fillable PDF application is above. 

    DUE 01/21/2021 MORBY FINE ARTS SCHOLARSHIP, $7,500. This scholarship is for students for which fine art is an integral part of their lives. All applications must be submitted via email containing multiple attachments: application, essay, resume, applicant photo and three digital copies of artwork. Do not embed photo/artwork in email. NO GOOGLE DOC LINKS. For Identification, all digital files should have your name as a part of the file name. ESSAY: Type an essay, one page maximum, describing how the Fine Arts are integral to your past, present and future. Title this essay “Morby Fine Arts Scholarship Essay” and type your name at the top corner of the page. Save it as a separate WORD document or add it after the last page of the application document. Fillable PDF application is above.

    DUE 01/21/2021 BRADY DOLAN & RICH ABAJIAN ATHELTIC SCHOLARSHIP, $2,500. Are you a RHS Varsity Athlete? Applicants must have played a varsity sport in high school. Fill out an application, include expected financial expenses, write an essay, list your awards, honors, achievements, extracurricular activities, and work experience, or submit current resume identifying each accomplishment. The fillable PDF application is posted at the top of this page. Please read the directions carelfully, incomplete applications will not be accepted, per the detailed cover sheet. You will be able to drop off your completed application copies when we come back to school in person, January 19, 2021. 

    Only 1000 applications will be accepted. DUE 03/02/21 Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards Deadline to apply: (Only the first 1000 applications will be accepted). March 2, 2021 3:00 pm CT or when 1000 applications have been received. Penguin Random House is passionate about encouraging the next generation of readers and authors and promoting diverse voices and stories. For 27 years, Penguin Random House has supported this mission through the Creative Writing Awards. Through this program, Penguin Random House will award college scholarships of up to $10,000 each to five U.S. high school seniors, nationwide.

    Creative Writing Awards winners have gone on to become professional and award-winning authors. Since 1993, this program has awarded more than $2.8 million dollars to public high school students for original poetry, memoir/personal essay, fiction/drama, and spoken-word compositions. This signature program continues to empower and celebrate hundreds of young writers each year.

    Eligibility: Applicants to the Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards Program in Partnership with We Need Diverse Books must:

    • Be current high school seniors at a public high school in the United States
    • Be 21 years of age and under
    • Plan to enroll in an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or approved vocational-technical school Fall 2021
    • Submit one original literary composition in English in one of the following genres of poetry, spoken word, fiction/drama or personal essay/memoir.
      • All submissions must be typed, double-spaced with a minimum 12 point font size and no longer than 10 pages.
      • All literary pages with multiple pages must be numbered with a page number and total number of pages (Ex. 1/3, 2/3, 3/3).
      • A four-page minimum is recommended for the fiction/drama genre.
      • Spoken word entries must upload a typed entry along with an emailed audio format file.
      • Only one entry per student may be submitted and considered.

    Only the first 1000 applications will be accepted. click here:

    CANCELED 2021 DUE 01/29/2021 SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF TRUCKEE MEADOWS. SITM is part of Soroptimist International, a worldwide organization of women that  provides women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment. YOUTH SCHOLARSHIPS Download the application: SITM 2021 Youth Scholarship Application More Information: SITM youth scholarship letter 2020-2021

    DUE 01/31/2021 USDA 1994 TRIBAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM. The USDA 1994 Tribal Scholars Program offers scholarships to U.S. citizens who are seeking a bachelor's degree at one of the 35 1994 Land-Grant Institutions in the field of agriculture, food, natural resource sciences or other related disciplines. Click here for more information:  Apply here:

    DUE 02/01/2021 THE DOYLE FOUNDATION. The Frank M. Doyle Foundation offers your community a unique and unsurpassed opportunity. There is no minimum grade point average; there is no income cap. Age is not a factor. Both need based and merit scholarships are awarded. Our recipients attend trade schools, community colleges, state universities, the University of California system, the University of Nevada system, schools outside of California and Nevada, both public and private. They school to become beauticians and graphic artists as well as doctors and lawyers. The foundation’s focus is to enable students to pursue further education in order to encourage the endurance of a productive, prosperous, and resourceful community. Applicatoins can be found by going to:

    DUE 02/05/2021 Elks National Foundation Legacy Awards applications, available only online, are due by February 5, 2021, at 5:59 AM Pacific Time. If you are a child or grandchild of an active Elk member, visit to find out more!

    DUE 02/10/2021 Reno Rodeo Foundation Scholarship This year they will be distributing $131,000 in scholarship. They also have a couple of new opportunities for students. The Reno Rodeo Foundation has opened up the opportunity for students to pursue careers in both NSHE educational institutions as well as eligible Career Colleges and Vocational Schools.

    The Reno Rodeo Foundation distributes scholarships annually. All interested applicants are encouraged to carefully review the eligibility requirements and the application guidelines before applying. The number of scholarship recipients will vary based on the number of qualified applications received and the funding designated by the Reno Rodeo Foundation Board of Trustees.

    Reno Rodeo Foundation Scholarship
    A Reno Rodeo Foundation Scholarship award supports tuition costs and school related expenses as provided by the educational institution to support the upcoming school year. Students who intend to enroll in an educational Nevada System of Higher Education College or University institution or a Career College or Vocational licensed by the State of Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education accredited as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education are encouraged to apply.

    Expanded Scholarship Opportunities
    Additional consideration will be given to applicants participating in one of more of the following: 4H, FFA, Grange, Rodeo, as well as Foster Youth currently in or have been in foster care in Northern Nevada, excludes Clark County, Esmeralda County, and Lincoln County.

    Al Evans Silver Spurs Scholarship
    The Al Evans Silver Spurs scholarship is a donor restricted contribution to honor his memory and love for the western lifestyle that has built our rich western heritage throughout Northern Nevada. In his Al’s honor two recipients will receive a $5,000 award for applicants with declared majors in Veterinary or Pre-Veterinary degrees.

    Western Arts & Culture Scholarship
    In addition to the Reno Rodeo Foundation Scholarship, a student will be selected to receive $2,500 to support the upcoming academic school year. To be considered applicants must first complete the Reno Rodeo Foundation Scholarship, meeting all the eligibility requirements, answer four additional questions and submit video links to three art samples. The recipient of the award will receive an additional $2,500 added to the Reno Rodeo Foundation scholarship award. The applicant does not have to major in an arts degree to be eligible to apply.

    DUE 02/15/2021 Nevada State Elks Association, Past Exalted Rulers NURSING Scholarship. This scholarship is to assist individuals attending a Nevada School of Nursing with a one-time award of $1,000 to be used toward tuition in a nursing field of study at a NEVADA Institution of Higher Education.  For more information and the application, visit

    DUE 03/01/2021 Sons of Italy Western Foundation Scholarship Programs The Grand Lodge of California, Order sons of Italy in America, announces the availability of scholarships for graduating seniors in the Class of 2021. 

    Scholarships are available in the following categories:Academic Awards for high school seniors

    • Athletic Award for high school seniors pursuing a degree in sports or a sports related field. 
    • Italian Language Study Grants in Italy for high school seniors for the summer of 2021

    The requirements for applying for a Scholarship or Student Grant with the Order Sons of Italy, Grand Lodge of California is as follows:

    • Applicant MUST BE wholly or partially of Italian descent
    • Applicant MUST BE enrolled in an accredited Trade School, College, University or Community College for the fall of 2021

    IMPORTANT NOTICE  Apply here: http:

     DUE 03/12/2021 ROTC, MILITARY, PUBLIC SAFETY, COMMUNITY SERVICE.  James Cathey Scholarship of Honor Application. More than 50 million brave young men and women have served our country in uniform with honor. As proud Americans we salute their efforts. We look for ways to instill in others the pride and determination of those who gave so much of themselves for others and most of all, we have made a vow to remember.  In an effort to always remember their courage and patriotism, the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation honors them with the Scholarship of Honor. Our goal, and those who contribute to this Scholarship of Honor program, is to assist you as you follow your aspirations.  This scholarship recognizes a graduating high school senior with plans to enlist in the military or pursue a career in public safety or community service. (fire safety, police science, teaching, nursing, EMT, ministry, and other noble causes.) Apply here: You will see the James Cathey Scholarship at the drop-down menu in the first line: 

    DUE 03/15/2021  Northern Nevada area Jiffy Lube “What Drives You?” Scholarship program. Your local Jiffy Lube owners are offering one $3,500 scholarship award and now two $1,500 scholarship awards  to 3 local high school students – students simply have to write about “What Drives You?” – no grade point or test score. Students attending high school in the Northern Nevada area can apply directly online NOW at:  Program Overview: Three finalists will be selected from the 500 word “What Drives You?” essays submitted.  Each finalist will be guaranteed a minimum $1,500 award if they create and submit a 1-2 minute video that expands on their essay in their own candid words, visuals, etc.  The overall $3,500 scholarship winner will be chosen from these videos.  Last year’s scholarship winners and the videos they submitted are posted on our site! 

    Due 03/15/2021 Italian Catholic Federation (ICF). Since 1964, the Italian Catholic Federation has awarded over $2,000,000.00 in scholarships to more than 6,000 high school students, of the Catholic faith, attending college. Each spring, the Italian Catholic Federation receives nearly 400 applications for its yearly scholarship awards. Applications are received from students in public as well as Catholic high schools in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Illinois. To apply, students must achieve a total cumulative GPA (3½ years) of at least 3.2 and meet one of the following:

    1. Are Roman Catholic and of Italian Descent and live within the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Arizona, California, Illinois and Nevada, only where Branches of the Federation are established; or,
    2. Are Roman Catholic but need not be of Italian Descent or live where Branches of the Federation are established if either Roman Catholic parent, guardian or grandparent is a member of the “Italian Catholic Federation.”

    First year scholarships in the amount of $400 will be awarded to approximately 200 applicants. First year scholarship winners are eligible for second, third, and fourth year awards of $500, $600, and $1,000 respectively.Applications will be judged and evaluated on:

    • Scholastic Achievement – TOTAL CUMULATIVE GPA (3½ years) and CLASS RANK
    • Financial Need
    • Leadership Role
    • Extracurricular Activities and Charitable Efforts
    • Family Membership/Activities in the I.C.F. (if applicable)

    In addition, the Mario Cugia Scholarship has been established to encourage and support majors in Italian studies. The program offers two scholarships: (1) a $600 award to a 3rd year university student declaring a major in Italian, and (2) a $1,000 award to a 4th year university student continuing his or her studies in Italian. Click here:

    DUE 04/01/2021 ROTC only, THE STAFF SERGEANT MITCHELL MCFARLAND MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP, $1,500. The SSG Mitchell McFarland Memorial Foundation will award it's annual scholarhip in the amount of $1,500 to a graduating senior who participated in the J.R.O.T.C. program one or more years. See the scholarship criteria when you pick up your application in the Feroah Center, formerly the Cube. One student at a time plese.

    Due 04/02/2021 "Young OverAchievers of Today are the Leaders of Tomorrow" OverAchievers Scholarship Program OverAchievers Scholarships are available to any graduating senior from a Northern Nevada high school and other selected high schools. Any past recipient of an OA scholarship may apply as a "Rising Star". Each scholarship will be a minimum of $1500 for one year. This is the cornerstone belief of the OverAchievers organization. We support this belief by providing scholarships to graduating seniors of No. Nevada area High Schools who exhibit leadership abilities plus scholastic excellence and community involvement. The scholarship selectees are students who have demonstrated above average achievement despite encountering obstacles. Financial need is considered as a final criteria. If you are graduating high school in 2020 and would like to apply for a scholarship, go to the Scholarship tab and download the application or contact them by email or phone. (see Contact tab).


    National Scholarhips

    DUE 04/01/2021  Elevate Mental Health Awareness Scholarship Scholarship Value: $750 The scholarship is open to students at any educational level and field of study. The only application requirement is that students have personally experienced challenges with mental health or have had people close to them who have experienced mental health challenges.

    Students applying to the scholarship will be required to write an essay about how their experience with mental health has influenced their beliefs, relationships, and career aspirations. While not required, working or volunteering at organizations that increase mental health awareness, provide mental health support, or research mental health solutions will be a plus on student applications.


    DUE 04/02/2021  The Asian Pacific Community Fund has scholarship opportunities! All must be received by April 2nd, 2021, no post marks accepted.

    Northern Nevada students may be eligible for the following scholarships.

    • Cathay Bank Foundation, supporting youth in obtaining a higher education-check requirements online
    • Robin-Hwajin Yoon Kim Foundation, Kao Kalia Yang Scholarship-Hmong students
    • Taiwanese American Scholarship Fund-Taiwanese students

    For the current scholarship programs click here:

    More details below...

    Cathay Bank Foundation Scholarship Program, $20,000 in scholarships available

    Twenty $1,000 Scholarships Available for High School Seniors
    Planning to Attend College as a Full-Time, Degree-Seeking Student in the Fall of 2021


    • High school seniors who reside in California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Texas, and Washington
    • Plan to attend a U.S. Accredited 4-Year College/University or Community College in the state of California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Texas, or Washington as a 1st year student in the Fall of 2021 (if selected, must provide college acceptance letter for verification)
    • A minimum cumulative unweighted high school GPA of 3.0
    • A household income at or below the Low Income Level (if selected, must provide 2019 or 2020 tax return for verification)
    • Open to ALL MAJORS
    • Employees of Cathay Bank and their immediate family members are NOT eligible

    Robin-Hwajin Yoon Kim Foundation, Kao Kalia Yang Scholarship for fall 2021 Five $5,000 Scholarships Available for High School Seniors Planning to Attend a University/College in the U.S. in the Fall of 2021. Scholarship Information: The Robin-Hwajin Yoon Kim Foundation which supports education, the underprivileged, and positive social impact initiatives has established ‘Kao Kalia Yang Scholarship’ to help economically-challenged Hmong American youth fulfill their dreams of obtaining higher education. The scholarship is open to high school seniors planning to attend college in the Fall of 2021. If selected, $5,000 will be awarded each year for up to four years (or upon graduation).


    • Blood descendants of Hmong race or ethnically identified as Hmong American (with a citizenship or as a permanent resident.)
    • High school senior residing in the United States
    • Plan to attend a University or Community College as a 1st year student in Fall 2021 (If selected, must submit college acceptance letter for verification.)
    • Have a minimum cumulative unweighted high school GPA of 2.0
    • Have a household income at or below the Federal/State/County Low Income Level (Must be able to show 2019 or 2020 tax return should applicant be selected for award.)
    • The scholarship is open to ALL MAJORS
    • Application Requirements: Application Form; Recommender Form; Official High School Transcript; Online interview (to be scheduled if selected as finalist)

     The scholarship awards will only be used to cover the cost of attending a University or College. What is considered cost of attendance varies by institution. For more information and to apply, please visit:   All materials must be RECEIVED by 11:59pm (PDT) – Friday, April 02, 2021. Anything received (whether mailed, emailed, or faxed) past that date and time will not be considered, regardless of postmark. Questions or inquiries? (213) 624-6400 ext. 6 or

    Taiwanese American Scholarship Fund $50,000 in Scholarships Available in 2021. 10 - $5,000 Scholarships Available for High School Seniors and 1st Year College Students Planning to Attend a University/College in the U.S. in the Fall of 2021 Scholarship Information: The Taiwanese American Scholarship Fund is focused on helping economically-challenged Taiwanese American youth fulfill their dreams of obtaining higher education. The scholarship is open to high school seniors planning to attend college in the Fall of 2021 and 1st year college students continuing their education in the Fall of 2021. Deadline: 11:59pm – Friday, April 02, 2021

     Eligibility: • United States citizen or US Permanent Resident (holders of a Permanent Resident Card) AND direct blood descendant of a Taiwanese citizen • High school senior or 1st year college student residing in the United States • Plan to attend a University or College as a 1st or 2nd year student in the Fall of 2021 (If selected, high school seniors must submit college acceptance letter for verification.) • Have a minimum cumulative unweighted high school/college GPA of 3.0 • Have a household income at or below the Federal/State/County Low Income Level (Must be able to show 2019 or 2020 tax return should applicant be selected for award.) • The scholarship is open to ALL MAJORS All awardees must submit a short YouTube video. Detailed instructions will be provided to awardees at a later time.

     Application Requirements: • Online Application Form • Three References • Official Transcript.  The scholarship awards will only be used to cover the cost of attending a University or College. What is considered cost of attendance varies by institution. For more information and to apply, please visit:  All materials must be RECEIVED by 11:59pm –Friday, April 02, 2021. Anything received (whether mailed, emailed, or faxed) past that date and time will not be considered, regardless of postmark. Questions or inquiries? (213) 624-6400 ext. 6 or


    Scholarships/Financial Aid…some facts:

    The majority of financial aid for college (80%-90% depending upon where you look) comes from the Federal Government (FAFSA/need based) or from the colleges/universities in the form of merit aid/academic institutional scholarships. According to, a report by the National Association of College and University Business Officers said that 88.9 percent of freshman at private colleges received a grant from the institution.  Rarely does a student pay the full "sticker" price of tuition. How colleges disseminate that aid depends upon the college.

    The remaining pool of funds to help with college comes in the form of outside scholarships.  Many students are under the misconception that outside scholarships are the primary source of college funding. As stated above, the majority of aid for college comes from the Federal Government (need based grants or low interest student loans) or directly from the colleges/universities.  The reality is that time in high school can be best spent by performing at one's highest potential, getting good grades and test scores, and being involved in extracurricular activities. As a senior, filling out the FAFSA (and CSS Profile if needed), re-taking a standardized test if it sets you up for more merit aid, putting together a well thought out list of colleges to apply to (maximizing aid according to your personal circumstances) and submitting well thought out applications is what should be focused on first. Applying for outside scholarships that you are a strong candidate for should be next. 

    Resources for learning about the complexities of maximizing financial aid:

    - : the smartstudent (and parent) guide to all things related to understanding and maximizing financial aid

    see strategies for maximizing financial aid

    - The College Solution website/blog by financial journalist Lynn O’Shaugnessey


    General Guidelines/Suggestions:

    1. Never PAY to find scholarships. There is an abundance of internet sites, and scams, related to scholarship searches. If you take some time to educate yourself and develop a plan you will be more effective.

    2. Be aware that many college and internet scholarship search sites pass along (and profit off of) the sale of your personal information to other companies. If you choose to utilize national search sites then use those that allow you to manage your privacy settings (like College Greenlight). Often the privacy feature is hidden, read the privacy policies closely.

    3. Be strategic. Scholarship applications take time and awards are often for relatively small amounts of money. Weigh the time involved to apply (essays, letters of recommendation) closely against the size of the applicant pool and the amount awarded.

    4. Go local first. Local scholarships at your school, in your community, or in Northern Nevada usually offer you the best chance of being awarded money because they have the smallest applicant pool. Many high schools have a general application, which opens you up to a variety of smaller scholarships. One application, many scholarships! Ours is the Reno High General Scholarship, which is due December 15th (no exceptions). The link to the RHS Scholarship is on the home page of the College and Career Center website on the right hand side. 

    5. If your parents are employed in a specific industry or for a large company (advertising specialty, Washoe County School District, Nevada Energy, etc.), there are often scholarships available within that industry, or company, to children of those working there. Have them check with their employer.

    6. There are thousands of scholarships out there. Be thoughtful about those to which you apply. See below under "Local/National Scholarships" for specific local scholarships and tools to effectively navigate searching for national scholarships.


    GATES MILLENNIUM SCHOLARS AWARD. Must be Pell Grant Eligible, of a qualifying group, Min 3.3 GPA and demonstrate leadership, academic excellence, and involvement in the community.  For more details visit: here


    FUTURE IN AEROSPACE SCHOLARSHIPS AND PROGRAM.  Are you interested in a career in Aviation?  Pathways to Aviation is hosting several "Flight Plan" workshops to include career planning advice and support, presentations from industry leaders, trips to aviation companies, and matching with mentors.  Register  






  • The FAFSA opens on October 1st. The 2020-21 FAFSA for the Class of 2021 requires your 2019 tax information. Below is a link to the Federal Department of Education website which provides helpful information, tutorials and a link to the FAFSA application. The most commonly asked question, related to the FAFSA, is "should we fill it out if we don't think we will qualify for need based financial aid?". Answer? YES. As we've seen with COVID related layoffs and unemployment you never know when your financial situation can change. It's easier to modify if you've filed than to begin from scratch.

    NOTE: The FAFSA is a FREE application. You should never have to pay to complete it.

    FAFSA website

    Check out this article on Common Mistakes on the FAFSA

    WUE: Western Undergraduate Exchange is a consortium of 13 western states. The goal is to provide affordable options for students wanting to attend college out of their home state. The eligibility requirements vary from merely being admitted to declaring a major in a particular program to academic merit scholarships. Please research specifics by going onto the college's website (type WUE in the search bar). The website, below, lists all of the colleges participating in the WUE by state, a general overview of savings and link to college website.


    MILLENNIUM: Students do not have to apply for the Millennium Scholarship. It is automatically awarded to students attending college/university in Nevada based upon their final HS transcript. Their transcript is sent to the Nevada Department of Education after they graduate. See attached for specifics

    Millennium Scholarship


Local/National Scholarships

  • GO LOCAL FIRST when searching for scholarships. The applicant pool tends to be smaller and your likelihood of receiving a scholarship is increased.


    - Reno High General Scholarship: application available online 10/21/2020. All college bound RHS seniors are eligible.

    - The Doyle Foundation: see link for criteria and scholarship application

    - Jiffy Lube What Drives You?: see link for scholarship application

    - Community Foundation of Western Nevada: a multitude of scholarships for local students historically opening January of their senior year. See link to website

    NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS: There are thousands of national scholarships available. Generally speaking, competition is intense and applying can consume a great deal of time. We encourage students to utilize one or two national search sites, set up a profile and MANAGE YOUR PRIVACY SETTINGS. Many national sites sell or pass along student info to for-profit companies. See below for two reliable resources.

    College Greenlight

    After setting up the privacy policy on the dashboard/homepage uncheck the boxes that allow third party access to your personal information. In addition to matching you with scholarships, College Greenlight has a college search tool that provides insight into the average amount of financial aid a school awards and allows you to search for schools by all-around great resource!


    Don't check the box "HELP US HELP YOU", as you will receive emails from companies/colleges (most students are already receiving enough thanks to ACT and CollegeBoard).