Financial Aid & Scholarships

Valedictorian Scholarship

Award Criteria

Effective for Fall 2015 new freshmen recipients must have:

  • Completed a FAFSA by February 1
  • Accepted UNLV Admission by May 1
  • Final official high school transcript indicating a class rank of 1 or designated as a valedictorian of their high school class must be received by July 1 of the award year
    • Your self-reported class rank from your UNLV admissions application will not be used
  • Cannot receive in conjunction with a President’s, Midby/Byron, Mildred Cotner, Provost, UNLV Excellence, Rebel Achievement or Top 10% Incentive scholarship program

Application Procedures

Automatic consideration if the requirements are met. Priority consideration is provided to students based upon date of admission and until scholarship program funds expire. The Valedictorian Scholarship is not an entitlement program. Funding is limited to first come, first served.

Consumer Information

  • Award value for Nevada residents is $7,350 or $3,675 fall semester and $3,675 spring semester
  • Award value for nonresidents is $11,900 or $5,950 fall semester and $5,950 spring semester
  • Must be a new freshman student starting attendance during a fall semester
  • Must have never attended another college


  • Limited funds are available with a valid FAFSA: Award priority is provided to previous award recipients who completed the FAFSA by Feb. 1 who have met the award parameters
  • Must maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA each semester
  • Must enroll and complete 15 credit hours each semester
  • Must be meeting the financial aid satisfactory academic progress policy
  • May receive up to 130 credit hours or eight semesters (whichever comes first) of consecutive enrollment during fall and spring semesters


  • Graduate and professional students are not eligible for this program
  • Transfer students are not eligible for this program
  • International students are not eligible for this program
  • A student who is offered this scholarship during a fall semester, elects to not attend UNLV, but now wants to start attending spring semester forfeits this scholarship
  • Students who drop below 15 credit hours during the first week of classes forfeit their award for the semester and are immediately placed on scholarship probation for the next continuous term of enrollment. If a student was previously on scholarship probation, this scholarship is then forfeited
  • Students who do not meet the minimum academic requirements at the end of the semester are placed on scholarship probation and notified of their status via MyUNLV. Students may receive this scholarship for one more semester of concurrent enrollment. If the minimum academic requirements are not met again, the scholarship is forfeited. There is no appeal process. The prior scholarship probation has acted as an appeal process for students to correct their academic performance
  • Students who elect to graduate with more than one major (double, triple major) will likely run out of scholarship eligibility before college graduation. This scholarship program is designed to achieve only one major. You cannot appeal to extend your eligibility
  • This scholarship is not available during summer semester


UNLV reserves the right to discontinue or make adjustments to this scholarship program at any time. In the unlikely event this scholarship program would be discontinued, students currently receiving a Valedictorian Scholarship would be funded through the remaining academic year.