• Damonte Ranch High School IN-HOUSE Scholarship 

        The scholarship application is required of all students who wish to be considered for funds distributed by the Damonte Ranch High School In-House Scholarship Committee.  To be recognized during the In-House Scholarship ceremony held in May, Senior students MUST apply for the DRHS In-House Scholarship AND be awarded a scholarship.  Coaches, PAC, ROTC, and any other departments issuing separate awards may have their recipients’ awards mentioned during the In-House Scholarship Award Ceremony only if that student also applied to and was awarded a scholarship by the In-House Scholarship Award Committee.  Students receiving these separate awards from school departments who did not apply or were not awarded an in-house scholarship may have an opportunity to be recognized during other school award ceremony events the school may host.

        Scholarships awarded by the Damonte Ranch High School In-House Scholarship Committee are not limited to the four-year college-bound, but to any student seeking to continue their learning after high school in any type of accredited educational program, including trade or technical schools and community colleges. Most scholarships range from $500-$2000. The intent of the in-house scholarships is to honor and recognize senior students’ hard work during their time at Damonte Ranch High School. Students completing this application should make every effort to give detailed and accurate responses to all items and strictly adhere to the essay guidelines to ensure consideration. Proofreading is highly recommended before submitting. 

        Since many scholarships require college entrance exam scores, it is highly recommended that the student report the scores to the committee on their Educational Resume (see below). Your high school transcripts will be acquired by the scholarship committee from the school registrar; your unweighted and weighted GPA will be calculated by the committee. If you have completed the FAFSA application, please add your EFC score to your Resume to indicate financial assistance need. 


    1. Fill out the application found here:                                                                                                                                                                                            https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=SfWsPDZezEGj3olFnhId7xLfOqtZRyBAqyyE7mkHZmtUM0dHSDQ4Nk5aRks1TFVaUTBMUDNGVkc2VC4u                                                
    1. An Educational Resume showing extracurricular activities, volunteerism, school involvement, academics, employment, test scores(ACT, SAT), FAFSA EFC score.     Example Educational Resume

    Resume Scoring Rubric for Reference:             

    Resume Content






    Extra Curricular Activities


    School Involvement





     FAFSA- Estimated Family Contribution (EFC)



    Total Allowable Points Possible



    1. A 500 minimum to 600 maximum word essay about "What Drives You?" Using Microsoft Word. We all have had experiences, whether significant or not, that define who we are, events that teach us about ourselves. These experiences motivate us to succeed. These experiences drive us. Write a candid essay telling us about a meaningful experience and how it drives you. The essay should use imagery from your experience while giving us a glimpse of your character in a positive way. Again, Proofreading is highly recommended before submitting.  * Please do not include your name in the body of the essay, this includes first and last names.   

    Essay scoring rubric for Reference:  



    The essay is only one paragraph


    Does not respond to the prompt


    Barely responds to the prompt


    More than a couple errors in conventions (grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc.)


    Reads like a resume or a list


    Lack of sophistication in writing style




     Proof-read all your work. Ask someone reliable to proof-read it for you, too. Capitalize names.

     The ABSOLUTE DEADLINE for submitting the scholarship application is Friday, January 19, 2024 by 3 PM Sharp.

    Please print the Essay and Resume together on plain printer paper and turn into Mr. Cabada at the DRHS Career Center by the deadline. There can be NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS DEADLINE. The committee will not consider incomplete applications.

     *** To be considered complete, ALL mentioned below must be turned in by the Deadline.

    (1) the Application, (Done online via link)

    (2) the 500 word minimum, not to exceed 600 words essay(must be the body of the essay and does not count the students name, the title, date, etc.) (Print and turn in) Please do not include your name in the body of the essay, this includes first and last names. 

    (3) The Academic Resume (Print and turn in)

    Late applications will not be accepted. No exceptions. Don't lose out on your chance to be recognized for all your hard work!


    Award recipients will be notified the first week in May at the latest via an invitation to the awards ceremony. A Connect Ed message to the parents/guardian and the student will also receive their invitation from his/her counselor in person. 

    How You Get Your Money

    Please be aware that any money awarded to a student by the committee must be used within the subsequent academic year at the institution of their choice. Scholarship money will only be released when:

    • The student submits their "Thank You, Card" to the committee.
    • The student provides a copy of their schedule.
    • The student provides a school photo ID.
    • The schedule must have the student's name and the school's name. It is the student's responsibility to send this or bring it directly to the bookkeeper. Once the required documents have been provided, it is up to the student to arrange a time to pick up a check from the bookkeeper.
    • ALL CHECKS WILL BE MADE OUT TO THE SCHOOL AND NOT THE STUDENT. Students do have a deadline to submit this information and will be advised of this deadline via their Government/English classes, email, and the DRHS Class of 2024 Canvas Course. If this deadline is not adhered to, scholarship funds may not be available until the student's Spring semester.

    Privacy Notice:

    • The Scholarship Committee judges applicants on a variety of criteria (not necessarily in this order):  class rank; scholastic aptitude tests (ACT/SAT); grade point average; citizenship grades; credits and grades earned in honors and elective classes; intended college major or trade school; involvement in school and community activities; and family financial status. All information is kept confidential. 


    • Additionally, The Scholarship Chair and Bookkeeper will work together in keeping record of all award nominations, scholarship money amounts raised and distributed. This in confidential information, the above-mentioned are the only parties who are allowed access to this information.

    Awards from previous years include but not limited to the following

    • Principal's Visionary Scholarship
    • Valedictorian Scholarship
    • Salutatorian Scholarship
    • Hot August Nights Scholarship
    • Robert Z. Hawkins Scholarship
    • DRHS Performing Art Company (PAC) Scholarships
    • JAG Student of the Year
    • ROTC Scholarship
    • DRHS Denise Hausauer Leadership Award Scholarship
    • Merit Scholarships
    • Vocational/Educational Scholarships

    If you have any questions regarding the scholarship parameters, please contact me @ gcabada@washoeschools.net 

    Sincerely and best of luck!

    Mr. Cabada, DRHS Scholarship Chair  

     **Important Announcement 📢 This application will open on Wednesday, November 1, 2023 @ 3pm and closes Friday, January 19, 2024 @ 3pm Sharp.  


    Award recipients will be notified the first week in May at the latest via an invitation to the awards ceremony. A Connect Ed message to the parents/guardian and the student will also receive their invitation from his/her counselor in person.    

    Awards ceremony will be: 
    May 14, 2024
    6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


    * A Special thanks to the amazing DRHS Dollars for Scholars without whom these in-house scholarships would not be possible.