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  • Current Scholarships, updated weekly.

    Updated by Ms. Ortiz 9/24/21

    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 10/1/21 Nominations Open: United States Senate Youth Scholarship Program Nominations Due: Friday, October 1st

    The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP), established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. The 60th annual program will be held in Washington, D.C., from March 5–12, 2022. Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity will spend a virtual week in Washington experiencing their national government in action and be awarded a $10,000 scholarship. Additionally, the two students will spend a day at the Nevada Capital Building. This year, we are requesting that every high school or lead counselor nominate two students for this scholarship opportunity. Please complete the nomination form by 5 P.M. on October 1, 2021.


    Due 10/22/21 Nominations Open: United States Presidential Scholars Nominations DueFriday, October 22nd The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program stives to recognize and honor outstanding high school seniors, and thereby encourage high attainment among all students. Students are selected on the basis of outstanding scholarship. For most of the program’s existence, nominees have been invited to apply for recognition based upon SAT or ACT scores. Please consider nominating students from your jurisdiction as candidates for the 2022 Scholars program. In addition to the general nominations, we are also asking you to consider nominating additional students to be included as candidates for excellence in Career and Technical Education. Please see here for eligibility: 

    In order for students to be considered for recognition in 2022, please complete this nomination form by October 22, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact Jaynie Malorni at: jmalorni@doe.nv.govJaynie Malorni Nevada Department of Education | Office of Standards and Instructional Support w: 702.486.8398 | c: 702.473.0140 | |






    Due 11/15/21  Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship 2022 application is open. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.


    • Current high school seniors, or the equivalent, who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply.
    • Applicants do not need to be related to a member of the Elks.
    • High school graduates are not eligible to apply.
    • Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are submitted; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.

    Application: The 2022 application deadline is November 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m., Pacific Time


    • The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2022 competition.
    • Male and female students compete separately.
    • Ranging from $1,000 per year to $12,500 per year, Most Valuable Student scholarships are for students pursuing a four-year degree, on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 semester hours), in a U.S. college or university. All scholarships are in the form of certificates of award conditional upon the full-time enrollment of the winner in an accredited U.S. college or university.
    • The Chicago office of the Elks National Foundation will announce the 500 national winners in late April, 2022. (Many local Lodges, districts and state Elks associations award their own scholarships through this program. These scholarships are not to be confused with the 500 Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarships.)

    The 20 Top Finalists traditionally* participate in an all expenses paid Leadership Weekend in Chicago during which they’ll interview with the national judges. These 20 Finalists will be vying for two first-place awards of $50,000; two second-place awards of $40,000; and two third-place awards of $30,000. The remaining 14 finalists will receive awards of $20,000. The 480 runners-up will receive fifth-place scholarships of $4,000.

    *The plan to come together in-person is tentative. However, participation in either an in-person or virtual Leadership Weekend is required to be eligible for the top awards.

    2022 Most Valuable Student Award Offers
    500 Four-Year Awards for the
    2022-23, 2023-24, 2024-2025, 2025-26 Academic Years


    Four-Year Total Award

    No. of Awards


    First Place




    Second Place




    Third Place




    Fourth Place




    Runners Up






    Looking for other Elks scholarship options? Learn about Legacy Awards and Emergency Educational Grants.

    Questions? Email or call 773/755-4732.


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     DUE ASAP Textbook Brokers The scholarship is for any students who will be attending UNR, TMCC, or CSN. 1 in 50 students who apply will receive one free semester worth of textbooks for whichever college they end up attending in Fall 2021. No requirements, students just need to be attending one of the three listed NV colleges. Recipients will be notified in late May, early June. Applying takes less than 5 minutes at! Apply here:

    National Scholarhips


    The Student-View Scholarship is a unique opportunity for high school seniors. It is open to all students regardless of academic achievement or financial need. Check it out here


    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.


    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  


    Closed Scholarship:

    DUE 05/04/21 The CGCS-Bernard Harris Scholarship Program was established to encourage minority students to pursue college degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The scholarship was created by former NASA astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris, the first African-American to walk in space.  Four scholarships for two boys and two girls, with a value of $5,000 each, will be awarded in June 2021 to two Black and two Hispanic students currently completing their senior year of high school in a member district of the Council of the Great City Schools (see list of member districts, Washoe County is included). Applicants must be accepted for full-time enrollment at a four-year college or university in the next academic year and pursuing a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM).  Applications should include evidence of the applicant’s academic achievement in high school, leadership skills or community service in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics and the applicant’s commitment to pursue a career in a STEM field. To be eligible for the scholarship, the applicant must have a minimum 3.0 unweighted grade point average and have been accepted as a full-time student at a four-year institution of higher education. Applicants will have to submit a list of STEM courses taken, two one-page essays, a high school transcript and have two people complete a short recommendation form. Click to read the application guidelines:  For questions, email


     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:



  • 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. Click here for more information:

    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 http

    Additional Gov. Guinn Memorial Millennium Scholarship How to Apply Due beginning of April


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).