Scholarships

Sankofa Advocate Scholarship

"Sankofa" is a word from the Akan people of Ghana. It is symbolized by a mythical bird that has its feet pointed forward with its head turned back, picking up an egg. The term expresses the importance of using knowledge from the past to guide planning for the future.  The Sankofa Advocate Scholarship seeks to award undergraduate students that utilize their knowledge to contribute to the liberation of historically marginalized identities. Scholarships are awarded up to $5,000.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. An undergraduate student who has achieved a minimum of 30 credit hours but not more than 60 credit hours; and
  2. Student must have a minimum 2.50 GPA; and
  3. Student must be making minimum satisfactory academic progress as defined by the Financial Aid & Scholarships office.
  4. Student graduated from a Clark County, Nevada high school and must be enrolled full time
  5. Student is a first-generation college student (neither parent has graduated from college); and
  6. Student must demonstrate financial need as determined by the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Alternative Need Determination Form; and
  7. Student must be an active member of a student or community organization open to all, whose mission seeks to advance the needs of populations historically underrepresented in higher education.

Priority given to:

Students who have graduated from a Clark County High School in Nevada, are current residents of Nevada with high financial need as defined by FAFSA guidelines (or alternate need form), and who are "first-generation" college students (neither parent/guardian has a four-year degree from any country).

We are currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year AND the 2021-2022 school year. All undergraduate students are encouraged to apply.

Timeline for the 2020-2021 School Year:

  • Application Open: Monday, September 7th, 2020
  • Application Closed: Friday October 2nd, 2020
  • Notify Recipients: Friday, October 16th, 2020
  • Students awarded: November 2020

Timeline for the 2021-2022 School Year:

  • Application Open: Monday, September 7th, 2020
  • Application Closed: Friday, October 2nd, 2020
  • Notify Recipients: February 1st, 2021
  • Students Awarded: August 2021

CSUN Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA) Empowerment and Advocacy Scholarship

The CSUN & SDSJ Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual (LGTQIA) Empowerment and Advocacy Scholarship recognizes undergraduate students  - regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation - who possess leadership qualities on and off campus that help transform the social climate of UNLV and the Las Vegas community to benefit, empower, and uplift lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) communities.

Eligibility requirements

  1. Must be an undergraduate student at UNLV.
  2. Must be an individual who leads or participates in activities, events, organizations, or initiatives that empower the LGBTQIA+ communities.
  3. Must maintain a 2.50 GPA or higher throughout the duration of the scholarship disbursement period.
  4. Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 (six) credits throughout the duration of the scholarship disbursement period.
  5. Open to all students who meet all of the eligibility requirements regardless of citizenship status.

Timeline:

  • Open Application: February 22nd

  • Close Application: March 22nd @ 8AM.

  • Review of Applications: March, 22nd -  March 26th

  • Notification to Candidates: April 1st

CSUN & SDSJ Asian, Pacific Islander, and Middle Eastern (APIME) Community Leadership and Advocacy Scholarship

The CSUN & SDSJ APIME Community Leadership and Advocacy Scholarship recognizes undergraduate students - regardless of ethnic/racial identity and citizenship status - who enact leadership skills on or off-campus that help transform the social climate of UNLV and/or the Las Vegas community to benefit, advocate for, support, and uplift Asian, Pacific Islander, and Middle Eastern diaspora communities.

Eligibility Requirements

Must be an undergraduate student at UNLV.
Must be an individual who leads or participates in activities, events, organizations, or initiatives that empower the APIME communities.
Must maintain a 2.50 GPA or higher throughout the duration of the scholarship disbursement period.
Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 (six) credits throughout the duration of the scholarship disbursement period.
Open to all students who meet all of the eligibility requirements regardless of citizenship status.

Timeline

Open Application: Monday, April 12, 2021
Close Application: Friday, May 14, 2021
Review of Applications: Monday, May 17, 2021 -  Friday, June 18, 2021
Notification to Candidates:  Monday, June 21 - Friday, June 25, 2021

 

CSUN & SDSJ Justice for Black Lives Scholarship

As we continue to navigate through a society with multiple systems that uphold anti-Black racism, it is crucial to develop strategic actions to dismantle those systems.  In collaboration with CSUN, the Office of Student Diversity & Social Justice created the Justice for Black Lives Scholarship.  The Justice for Black Lives Scholarship is meant to recognize undergraduate students who have participated in various forms of activism and social justice advocacy, on and off-campus, for the purpose of advancing the African diaspora toward cultural sustainability and communal liberation.

Eligibility Requirements

Must be an undergraduate student at UNLV.
Must be an individual who leads or participates in activities, events, organizations, or initiatives that benefit, advocate, support, and uplift the Black/African American community.
Must maintain a 2.50 GPA or higher throughout the duration of the scholarship disbursement period.
Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 (six) credits throughout the duration of the scholarship disbursement period.
Open to all students who meet all of the eligibility requirements regardless of citizenship status.

Timeline

Open Application: April 12th, 2021
Close Application: May 14th, 2021
Review of Applications: May 17th-May 24th
Notification to Candidates: May 28th, 2021

Consolidated Students of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (CSUN) and Student Diversity & Social Justice (SDSJ) Indigenous Community RISE (Reaching Indigenous Student Excellence) Scholarship

The CSUN & SDSJ Indigenous Community RISE Scholarship (Reaching Indigenous Student Excellence) recognizes undergraduate students who embody leadership qualities, participate in various forms of activism, and are dedicated to transform their communities, on and off-campus, for the purpose of empowering, supporting, advocating, and uplifting Indigenous communities.

Eligibility Requirements

Must be an undergraduate student at UNLV.
Must be an individual who leads or participates in activities, events, organizations, or initiatives that empower Indigenous communities.
Must maintain a 2.50 GPA or higher throughout the duration of the scholarship disbursement period.
Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 (six) credits throughout the duration of the scholarship disbursement period.
Open to all students who meet all of the eligibility requirements regardless of citizenship status.

Timeline

Open Application: April 12th, 2021
Close Application: May 14th, 2021
Review of Applications: May 17th-May 24th
Notification to Candidates: May 28th, 2021

CSUN & SDSJ LatinX Comunidad and Empowerment Scholarship

Consolidated Students of UNLV and Student Diversity & Social Justice's Latinx Comunidad & Advocacy Scholarship recognizes undergraduate students - regardless of ethnic/racial identity - who enact leadership skills on or off-campus that help transform the social climate of UNLV and/or the Las Vegas community to benefit, advocate, support, and uplift Latinx/Latino communities.

Eligibility Requirements

Must be an undergraduate student at UNLV.
Must be an individual who leads or participates in activities, events, organizations, or initiatives that benefit, advocate, support, and uplift Latinx/Latino communities.
Must maintain a 2.50 GPA or higher throughout the duration of the scholarship disbursement period.
Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 (six) credits throughout the duration of the scholarship disbursement period.
Open to all students who meet all of the eligibility requirements regardless of citizenship status.

Timeline

Open Application: April 12th
Close Application: May 14th, 2021
Review of Applications: May 17th-21st
Notification to Candidates: May 28th