Mr. Cohen’s generosity awards our students, despite difficult circumstances, the opportunity to better themselves, our university, and our communities through earning a degree. By lifting the financial burden of attending UNLV, this program helps students focus on their studies and immerse themselves in the university experience.

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About the Program

The Philip J. Cohen Scholars Program was created to provide financial support to deserving UNLV students who may have not otherwise received a scholarship based upon traditional need or merit requirements.

Made possible through the generosity of Mr. Philip J. Cohen, a Las Vegas gaming and real estate executive who passed away in 2010, this program aims to:

  • Provide tuition support for deserving students who, despite adversity, have committed to their education in order to better themselves and their community;
  • Encourage Nevada’s students to remain in the community after graduation and inspire them through Mr. Cohen’s legacy to become active leaders.

Mr. Cohen believed that money should never prohibit a qualified student from attending a quality university. His generous gift will fund more than 40 scholarships each year. The intent of the scholarship is to fund each student recipient’s in-state tuition costs, approximating $6,000 annually.

Recipients of this scholarship will be collectively known as the Philip J. Cohen Scholars. This special cohort of UNLV students will meet together regularly with program coordinators to share the joys and challenges of pursuing their degrees.

Student applicants must meet the following two basic criteria:

  1. Must be formally admitted to UNLV and must be enrolled full time at the undergraduate level;
  2. Incoming freshmen must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or higher; returning students must have a 2.75 cumulative GPA or higher.

The Philip J. Cohen scholarship is automatically renewable each academic year, pending funding availability, for up to 130 attempted credits to students who maintain:

  1. 2.75 cumulative GPA each semester;
  2. Successful completion of 12 credit hours each semester;
  3. Consecutive enrollment in fall and spring terms;
  4. The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office's Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.

Philip J. Cohen Scholarship eligibility will be terminated for students that fail to meet renewal criteria for any term (fall and spring). Students may submit a Scholarship Appeal to the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office, with documentation of any extenuating circumstances to be considered.

The Cohen Scholarship is contingent upon funding; please see the Scholarship Application Cycle Dates for more information.

Scholarship Cycle Dates

2021-2022 Academic Year:

The application cycle is now closed for the 2021-2022 academic year.
2022-2023 Academic Year: Contingent upon funding, the following tentative dates will guide the application for the 2022-2023 academic year.
Scholarship Application Opens: November 12, 2021
Scholarship Application Closes:
(Applications submitted will be under review throughout the spring 2022 semester.)
December 16, 2021
Application Review Process: December 16, 2021 – May 10, 2022
Final Decisions By:
(All Applicants will be notified by email.)
Friday, May 10, 2022

Apply Now for 2022-2023