Eligibility for Application to Program for Fall 2021

  • Starting enrollment as a full-time (12 credits) freshman at UNLV in Fall 2021.
  • 3.25 cumulative un-weighted high school G.P.A. or higher from a Clark County high school.
  • Must demonstrate financial need. This is typically accomplished by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you are unable to complete the FAFSA, you should complete the Alternate Need Determination Form.
  • Must successfully navigate the application process. Those who are selected from their application materials (including successfully demonstrating financial need) will move onto the interview round; final decisions will be made from the pool of applicants who successfully interview.
A group of Engelstad Scholars posing for a photo.

Application Timeline for 2021 Cohort

  • Late September/Early October 2020 - Application Opens
  • November 16 & 17, 2020 - Virtual Information Sessions
  • December 15, 2020 - Application Deadline*
  • January 2021 – Interviews of Selected Candidates (Interviews will be conducted via online meeting or phonecall)
  • February 2021 - Selection Notification
  • May 1, 2021 - Final Decision Deadline for Selected Candidates (will open to the waitlist if spots available)
  • August 2021 – Enrolled scholars begin scholarship program

* Late applications will only be reviewed if spots are still available after the priority applications have been processed.

Application Submission Directions

Due to high numbers of applications received by the deadline, we will not be accepting late applications at this time. The application for 2021 Cohort is now closed.

Scholar Requirements to Remain in Program

  • Complete 100 hours of community service per year (50 hours per semester). **
  • Must enroll and complete 12 credit hours every fall and spring semester at UNLV.
  • Maintain 3.0 cumulative G.P.A.
  • Attend all mandatory scholar events, including the new scholars course in the first semester, orientation each fall, scholar meetings, and formal receptions.

 ** COVID-19 Update: Please note that the Engelstad Scholars Program is committed to scholars' holistic well-being. Service hour requirements are currently completed in a virtual setting until further notice. For more information regarding this decision, please read UNLV’s Guidance Regarding Internships and Experiential Learning Opportunities During the COVID-19 Pandemic.