Valedictorian Scholarship

Award Value

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

The Valedictorian Scholarship is awarded at $1,000 per academic year (Fall and Spring semesters only).

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

  • Must be a new freshman student starting attendance during the fall semester and must never have attended another college or university
  • Must enroll in 12 or more credit each semester (excluding summer).
  • Apply and accept UNLV Admission by November 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.
  • Self-reported class rank from your UNLV admissions application will not be used.
  • 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.

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.

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 12 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 135 credit hours attempted or 9 semesters (whichever comes first) of consecutive enrollment during fall and spring semesters.

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.


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.