Financial Aid & Scholarships

Valedictorian Scholarship

Award Criteria

  • Apply and accept UNLV Admission by January 1.
  • Complete a FAFSA by November 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 in the Office of Admissions by July 1 of the award year.
    • Your self-reported class rank from your UNLV admissions application will not be used.
  • Value of scholarship consideration is based upon highest ACT or SAT score achieved.

Application Procedures

  • Automatic consideration if the requirements are met.
  • This scholarship is not an entitlement program. Funding is limited to first come, first served. Not all students will be offered funds.
  • 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.

Award Value Determination

  • Valedictorian Scholarships
  • 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 of 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.

Consumer Information

  • Must be a new freshman student starting attendance during a fall semester.
  • Must have never attended another college or university.
  • Cannot receive in conjunction with the following scholarship programs: President’s, Midby/Byron, Mildred Cotner, Provost, UNLV Excellence, Rebel Achievement or Top 10% Incentive.
  • This scholarship is not available during the summer semester.
  • Graduate, professional and international students are not eligible for this program.
  • Transfer students are not eligible for this program.
  • A student who is offered this scholarship during 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 placed on scholarship probation for the next continuous term of enrollment. If a student was previously on scholarship probation, the scholarship is forfeited.
  • Students who do not meet the minimum academic requirements at the end of the semester are placed on scholarship probation and are notified of their status via their MyUNLV Communication Center. 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. This 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 beyond 130 credit hours attempted.


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.

This award may be renewed if the following conditions are met:

  • Must complete a valid FAFSA by November 1 each year.
  • Must maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA.
  • Must enroll continuously and complete 15 credit hours each semester (with the exception of summer semester).
  • Must be meeting the financial aid satisfactory academic progress policy.
  • Can receive this scholarship up to 130 credit hours attempted or eight semesters (whichever comes first) of consecutive enrollment during fall and spring semesters.


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.

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