UNLV Excellence Scholarship

Award Value

Award value is applicable to new freshmen students admitted to UNLV during the Fall 2019 semester and beyond.

$4,500 per year ($2,250 per semester)

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.
  • No student should assume he or she will be receiving this scholarship until an official award notice has been received from the UNLV Financial Aid & Scholarships Office. Selected students will be notified of an award within his or her MyUNLV Communication Center.

Initial Award Criteria

  • ACT score range: 27 - 36
  • SAT score range: 1280 - 1600
  • High school GPA : 3.5 – 3.7


  • ACT score range: 27 - 29
  • SAT score range: 1280 - 1389
  • High school GPA: 3.8 – 4.0


  • New freshmen students who have never attended college.
  • Full time enrollment (12 credit hours or more)
  • Limited funds are available with a valid FAFSA: Award preference is provided to freshmen who completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and who are newly admitted to UNLV by November 1.
  • This scholarship is determined based upon your academic record at the time of admission. Additional documentation (test score/GPA) which may increase your scholarship eligibility to a higher tier, after your time of admission, will not be considered due to funding limitations. This scholarship is 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/Byron, Provost’s, Mildred Cotner or Rebel scholarship
  • UNLV Excellence 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 UNLV Excellence academic standards, your UNLV Excellence award will be canceled based upon the inaccurate information you reported.
  • You must submit official SAT or ACT scores to UNLV by November 1. Scores are considered official when submitted to UNLV directly from the College Board or ACT program, or when they appear on an official high school transcript. Unofficial test scores, including scores hand-delivered to the Financial Aid and Scholarships or Admissions offices, will not count toward consideration for scholarships.
Scholarship Qualification Chart

Renewability Requirements

Students are provided consumer information about their scholarship and are expected to understand the terms and conditions of this scholarship. Students who do not meet the renewable conditions 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: Award priority is provided to previous award recipients who completed the FAFSA by November 1 who have met the award parameters
  • Must be maintaining the financial aid satisfactory academic progress policy

Consumer Information

  • 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 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 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.
  • 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 program’s required courses and see how these credits may apply.
  • Students taking summer courses should be advised that these credits also apply toward the 135 maximum credit limit.
  • This scholarship is not available during summer semester.