Merit Scholarships

For New Freshmen

Award Value

$1,000 per year ($500 per semester) – $2,000 per year ($1,000 per semester)

Application Procedures

  • There is no separate scholarship application. Automatic consideration for merit scholarships is provided under the assumption that students meet the conditions for consideration and funds are available.
  • No student should assume they will be receiving this scholarship until an award notification is received in their MyUNLV account.

Initial Award Criteria

Weighted Cumulative GPA
Per Year
Provost Scholarship 4.0+ $2,000
Deans Scholarship 3.6 - 3.99 $1,500
UNLV Excellence Scholarship 3.4 - 3.59 $1,000


  • New first-year students who have not earned college credits after graduating form high school.
  • Limited funds are available with a valid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Alternate Need Form.
    • Priority consideration is given to those who meet the November 1 priority deadline and are newly admitted to UNLV.
  • Must be a student starting in the fall semester. Spring or summer admits are not eligible for this program.
  • Enroll and complete at least 12 credit hours (full-time enrollment) fall and spring semesters (credit requirement does not apply to the summer terms).
  • This scholarship is determined based upon your academic record at the time of admission. Additional documentation that may increase your scholarship eligibility to a higher tier, after your time of admission, will not be considered due to funding limitations. These awards are not guaranteed to all students who meet the criteria because of funding limitations. Priority consideration is provided if the eligibility requirements are met and you are admitted by the November 1st deadline until scholarship funds expire. This scholarship is not considered an entitlement program.
  • Cannot receive in conjunction with a President’s, Midby/Bryon, or Mildred Cotner. You are only eligible to receive one tier from the merit scholarships (Provost, Deans, or UNLV Excellence).
  • Merit Scholarship awards may be offered to students based on self-reported academic information from the Admissions application. If it is determined you have incorrectly self-reported data on your Admissions application and final academic transcripts indicate you would not have met the Merit Scholarship academic standards, your Merit Scholarship award will be canceled based upon the inaccurate information you reported.

Renewability Requirements

Students are provided consumer information about their scholarship and are expected to understand its terms and conditions. Students who do not meet the renewable requirements will not have their scholarship reinstated.

  • Up to 135 credit hours or 9 semesters (whichever comes first) of consecutive enrollment
  • 12 or more credit hours each semester (excluding summer)
  • 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Limited funds are available with a valid FAFSA or Alternate Need Form: Award priority is provided to previous award recipients who completed the FAFSA or Alternate Need Form by November 1 and have met the award parameters
  • Must be maintaining the financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Consumer Information

  • Only new first-year students who have not earned college credits after graduating from high school are eligible for this program.
    • Graduate and progression students and transfer students are not eligible for this program.
  • If a student is awarded a merit scholarship during the fall semester and chooses not to attend UNLV, they forfeit the scholarship for the spring semester.
  • Students who drop below 12 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 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 through 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 (i.e., double major, 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.
  • Students who have earned AP credits/college credits while in high school should be advised that these credits will apply toward the 135 maximum credit limit. Please consult your Academic Advisor to review your degree program and determine how credits will apply. Credits that are taken during the summer term also apply toward the 135 maximum limit.
  • This program is not available during the summer term.