History and Mission


The Ralph & Betty Engelstad Scholarship Program was established to afford students an opportunity to use their abilities, talents, and leadership to serve the community; to provide opportunities to value and include young people in meaningful acts of citizenship; and to provide access to a college education to students with financial need, helping retain them through graduation. In November of 2009, the Engelstad Family Foundation endowed $12.625 million to UNLV to create the UNLV Engelstad Scholars Program. At the time, the gift was the largest active scholarship in the university’s history and the largest endowment in the history of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Scholars admitted to the program complete community service at a local nonprofit approved by the Engelstad Family Foundation and UNLV.

Engelstad Scholars


The mission of the Engelstad Scholars Program is to benefit students in financial need by granting scholarships to individuals enrolled full-time in an accredited program and who seek to improve the quality of lives of those in Las Vegas valley through community service initiatives.