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Experts say “Don’t let the sticker price shock you!”

There is money out there from many sources: financial aid (through FAFSA), aid from the specific college or university you will be attending, scholarships (academic, athletic, local, national, special interest, etc.), work-study programs, and student loans. Be sure to look into local scholarships offered by organizations that you and your family are part of (Rotary, 4-H, Greater Nevada Credit Union, etc.)

Effort put into the scholarship application process usually PAYS off!

General Information

These websites provide an overall picture of how to pay for college:


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All government aid and most college need-based aid is funded through an on-line application called FAFSA.  Complete the application as early as possible. The FAFSA application can be submitted as early as October, and should be completed no later than the end of January for the following fall.

Filing the FAFSA is free. If the website requests payment you are not on the correct website. If the website URL does not end in “.gov” you are not on the correct website.

The financial information you enter into the application is based on your federal income tax return for the preceding calendar year; if you are applying for fall 2017 you will use your 2015 tax information.

In order to apply you need a PIN number for both parents and student and 2015 tax information (for the 2016-’17 school year).    It takes a few days to get your PIN number from www.pin.ed.gov, so plan accordingly.  For more information on the FAFSA program you can go to www.fafsa.ed.gov. You can start the process in October of 2016.  The website fafsa4caster.ed.gov is available to give families an estimate of the amount of aid they may receive.

Targeted Scholarships

Targeted scholarships are available for students who meet specific requirements. Examples are scholarships for students from specific localities; who are planning on majoring in a particular field; meet specific academic or athletic standards; or whose parents work for particular companies or are involved in particular organizations.

The best way to search nationally for these scholarships and fellowships is to use a search like the FastWeb scholarship search at www.fastweb.com that compares your background with a database of awards. Only those awards that fit your profile are identified as matches. Fastweb has access to over 1.3 million scholarships.

Nevada and Other Western States

Scholarships for Nevada Collegeswww.collegescholarships.org/states/nevada.htm

Nevada Millennium Scholarship Informationhttp://www.nevadatreasurer.gov/GGMS/GGMS_Home/

The Western Undergraduate Exchange allows students in participating states to enroll in designated two-year or four-year public institutions in the other participating states at a reduced tuition level of the regular in-state tuition plus 50% of that amount. This is substantially less than nonresident tuition. Students do not need to demonstrate financial need to receive the WUE tuition benefit.

WUE is a “decentralized” program: the student applies directly to the institution of his/her choice as a WUE applicant, and the institution responds directly to the student. The student must mark prominently on the application for admission that he/she seeks admission as a WUE student.

Other Targeted Scholarships

The deadline months are only a general guideline: check the websites in advance to make sure you submit on time.

American Academy of Dramatic Arts
RSVP for Info Nights, Open Houses or schedule an audition.

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
For: grades 7 – 12
$10 million in scholarships nationwide
Wendy’s High School Heisman Award
For: senior athletes
US Senate Youth Scholarship
For: juniors and seniors
Opportunity to represent Nevada and learn about the leadership and operation of the US Senate and Federal Government.  All expense paid trip Washington, D.C. in the spring and a $5,000 scholarship.
Please contact Dr. Seddon if you are interested in this opportunity.
Spirit of Community Award
For: students who make a difference through volunteering
Win $1,000 and a trip to Washington,D.C., in May.
http://spirit.prudential.com or www.nassp.org/spirit
Requires application and student/parent agreement.

United States Navy, Marine Corp and Coast Guard – Fleet Reserve Association national essay contest
For: students in all grades.
Essay Subject:”What the United States Flag Stands For”
Prizes are awarded at three levels. Area high school students have placed in the past.

Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award
For: women ages 14-17 who are involved with volunteerism

Elk’s Most Valuable Student
For: seniors who are US citizens
Qualified students move from local competition to state and then national
$1000 per year for 6 best in Nevada, higher awards for national. The application must be started online and turned into the local chapter:
Tahoe/Douglas, NV No. 2670
PO Box 143
Minden, NV 89423-0143

Elk’s Legacy
For: seniors whose parents or grandparents are Elks

AXA Achievement Scholarships
For: seniors who are active in their community and/or who have initiated a project that has benefitted others and/or who have overcome personal challenges.

Burger King
For: students who are the children of Burger King employees

GE-Reagan Foundations Scholarship Program
For: seniors who demonstrate leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship

Ronald McDonald House Charities
For: seniors who are exemplary role models in the community


Ron Brown Scholar Program
For: African American seniors who are academically driven, exhibit leadership skills, are active in the community, and have financial need.
$10,000 per year for four years


Alayne Casteel Memorial Scholarship
For: SLHS student attending UNR
Apply to UNR: no scholarship application necessary.

Carson Valley Sertoma Scholarship
For: a senior graduating from a Douglas County High School
Four-year renewable book scholarship
see Dr. Seddon for the application

Sport Quest “Playing with a Purpose” Scholarship
For: sophomore, junior and senior Christian athletes

Elk’s Nursing Scholarship
For: graduates of NV high schools who are attending a NV college or university in nursing

Elks Vocational Grant
For: residents of Nevada attending vocational school

National Pony Express Association
For: seniors graduating from high schools in Douglas, Carson, Lyon, Churchill, Lander, Eureka, and White Pine counties
see Dr. Seddon for the application

Buick Achievers
For: full-time students attending a 4-year college who plan to major in engineering, technology, design or business, with an interest in the automotive industry.
100 at $25,000 per year; 1000 at $2000 per year


Peggy Bowker Memorial Scholarship
For: women pursuing a degree in engineering at UNR
Up to $5000

Phil and Jennifer Satre Scholarship Fund
For: students whose parents or guardians that are employees of Caesar’s Entertainment
Up to $5,000

General Fred Michel Career in Aviation
For: students who show an interest in aviation, GPA and SAT/ACT minimums
Up to $1,000

NV Energy
For: seniors with a GPA minimum of 3.0 and demonstrated  leadership and community service.

Western Nevada Community College
For: students who will be attending WNC, GPA>2.0

Carson City Republican Women Scholarship
For: a senior who is a registered Republican and a Carson City or Dayton Corridor resident.
see Dr. Seddon for the application

Nevada Agricultural Foundation
For: deserving Nevada students following an agricultural curriculum.
$50,000 in total awards

Italian Catholic Federation
For: seniors who are Roman Catholic, of Italian descent, and have a minimum GPA of 3.2

Carson Valley Pops Orchestra
For: students who have donated their time and talents by performing in the Orchestra or the affiliate groups.
see Dr. Seddon for the application

Greater Nevada Credit Union
For: members of GNCU

Naqvi Injury Law Scholarship
For: seniors who are interested in majoring in a law field


CVMC Hospital Foundation Scholarship
For: seniors graduating in Douglas County who have been accepted to an accredited healthcare
program with a minimum GPA of 3.0
see Dr. Seddon for the application

John R. Stockman Scholarship
For: graduates of northern NV high schools with a minimum GPA of 3.2 and SAT of 1200 or ACT of 22
Up to $5,000

Valley Eyecare Scholarship
For: seniors
see Dr. Seddon for the application

June Stannard Rural Tourism Memorial Scholarship
For: seniors who are NV residents and plan to pursue a hospitality, travel or tourism related degree at an accredited college or university
see Dr. Seddon for the application


Millennium Scholarship
Per requirements stated by the Nevada Treasurer’s Office
Amount based on college or university attended and units taken
Information is automatically sent to the State of Nevada by SLHS at the end of the school year. nevadatreasurer.gov

Herb Rourke Scholarship Endowment Fund
For: ministerial or teacher candidates in CNH preparing to enter the full time ministerial or teaching professions in approved Lutheran programs.The candidate must be admitted to and diligently pursue an approved course of study at a seminary or college of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
From: The Lutheran Laymen’s League of the CNH District.
Click here for the application forms.
Send completed forms: CNH District LLL, 1014 Virginia Street, Vallejo, CA 94590-6307.
For more information: Contact us at scholarships@cnh-lhm.org.

“Aspiring Fashion Professional” Scholarship
For: seniors who are interested in pursuing a fashion degree at an accredited post-secondary school or college.

“Aspiring Animation Professional” Scholarship
Students that are interested in pursuing an animation career path at an accredited post-secondary school or college.

Big Sun
For: seniors who are athletes

Universal Technical Institute
For: graduates seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians at UTI.

Other Corporate Scholarships: