Community Partners

The community organizations that the program partners with are selected by the Engelstad Family Foundation. As the program grows to reach its goal of recruiting and retaining 100 total scholars per academic year, the program will be slowly adding new community organizations as partner sites that host scholars for their service hours. *

* 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.

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The Animal Foundation

To eliminate the tragedy of pet overpopulation, The Animal Foundation believes community is essential, education is empowerment and action is everything. Their mission is to inspire, educate and empower people to join the fight again pet overpopulation.

The Assistance League

Assistance League of Las Vegas is a nonprofit volunteer organization that develops and implements programs and services that enrich the lives of children in need in the Las Vegas area.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada

The Big Brothers Big Sisters mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Boys and Girls Club LV

In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them, and that is what the Boys and Girls Club LV strives for.

Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada

The Catholic Charities mission is to give help and hope to people in need regardless of race, religion or creed.  Their programs include: Adoption, Child and Family Services, Senior Services, Help for Hire, Food and Nutrition, Immigration and Refugee Services, and Housing and Shelters.

The Center

The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, a community-based organization, supports and promotes activities directed at furthering the well-being, positive image, and human rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community, its allies, and low to moderate income residents in Southern Nevada.

Communities in Schools Nevada

The Communities in Schools mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Communities In Schools of Nevada brings together all sectors of the community to provide the resources that help students to graduate on time, prepared for college, career and life.

Goodie Two Shoes Foundation

The Goodie Two Shoes Foundation provides disadvantaged children and children in crisis with new shoes and socks, as well as other items deemed essential for good health and positive development.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity envisions a world where EVERYONE has a decent place to live.

Legal Aid Center

The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada focuses on the preservation of access to justice and the provision of quality legal counsel, advice and representation for individuals who are unable to protect their rights because they cannot afford an attorney.


Make-A-Wish of Southern Nevada grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.

Nathan Adelson Hospice

Nathan Adelson Hospice is the hospice of choice, employer of preference, training center of excellence and the community's trusted partner for comprehensive end-of-life care. Nathan Adelson Hospice believes no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid, or in pain.

Olive Crest

Olive Crest is dedicated to preventing child abuse, to treating and educating at-risk children and to preserving the family ... "One Life at a Time"

Opportunity Village

Opportunity Village commits to excellence in service to individuals with disabilities.

Project 150

The mission of Project 150 is to offer support and services to homeless high school students in the Las Vegas area so they can stay in school through graduation and learn the life skills necessary to be successful.

The Public Education Foundation

The Public Education Foundation works to bring about transformational change in teaching, learning, and education leadership.

Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Las Vegas

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Greater Las Vegas creates and supports programs that directly improve the health, education and well-being of children in our community. The Ronald McDonald House provides temporary housing for families who travel to Las Vegas to receive critical medical treatment for their children.

Source of Joy: Broadway in the H.O.O.D.

Broadway in The H.O.O.D is an organization committed to uplifting children and young adults in underserved communities by introducing them to the world of theatre and the arts. The organization believes strongly that involvement in the arts has a valuable impact in improving self-expression and imagination while building a discipline, pride, and work ethic that carries into other aspects of life.

Spread the Word Nevada

Spread the Word Nevada is ded­i­cated to advanc­ing early child­hood lit­er­acy by plac­ing books into the hands and homes of chil­dren within South­ern Nevada’s at-risk, low income com­mu­ni­ties. Spread the Word Nevada fos­ters read­ing and lan­guage devel­op­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties ulti­mately lead­ing to brighter aca­d­e­mic and eco­nomic futures for chil­dren.

Teach for America Las Vegas

The Teach for America mission is to enlist, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of our nation’s most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence.

Three Square Food Bank

The mission of Three Square Food Bank is to provide wholesome food to hungry people, while passionately pursuing a hunger-free community.

USO Las Vegas

The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.

Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada

Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada is part of a larger national organization that works to promote, guide and help sustain a national network of free clinics emphasizing the use of retired medical and community volunteers within a culture of caring to improve access to health care for America’s underserved and uninsured.

YMCA Las Vegas

The Y is a powerful association of men, women, and children committed to bringing about lasting personal and social change. With a focus on nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the nation’s health and well-being and providing opportunities to give back and support neighbors, the Y enables youth, adults, families and communities to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.