UNLV HOPE Scholars


The UNLV HOPE Scholars Program is a partnership between the Clark County School District (CCSD) Title I HOPE Program, Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY), and UNLV. The program is specifically designed to assist unaccompanied homeless youth in Clark County, NV who are graduating seniors secure housing and academic and financial support while attending UNLV.

Contact Information

Anabel Chavva
Program Coordinator for Scholar Development
Student Union, Room 316

Janna Bernstein
Assistant Director for Leadership and Scholar Development


Eligibility for Application to Program

  • CCSD graduating senior
  • Identified as an Unaccompanied Homeless Youth by the CCSD Title I HOPE program
  • FAFSA submitted by November 1st of their senior year
  • Application to UNLV accepted and attending fall of year applying to and available to move into student housing early June.
  • Enroll in full time status (minimum of 12 credits)
  • In order to gain access to the HOPE Scholar applications, students must be a referral from Clark County Title 1 HOPE Office or Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth.

Required Materials for Scholarship Application

  • A completed copy of application form
  • A typewritten essay not to exceed 2 pages, double-spaced
  • A minimum of one letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or other adult who can speak to the applicant’s qualifications and experiences

Scholar Responsibilities

Once admitted/while at UNLV:

  • Enroll in 12 credits for the fall semester
  • Maintain a 2.50 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Move onto campus early June and live on UNLV campus year-round
  • Scholar must enroll in summer courses: Math Bridge and COLA 100 (first-year seminar)
  • Meet with the Hope Scholars Program Coordinator and Program Graduate Assistant Monthly
  • Meet with Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth regarding available services
  • Submit application to TRIO Student Support Services
  • Scholars must attend mandatory programming throughout the semester

Help Support HOPE Scholars

Please help us assist the next generation of homeless youth become Rebels and achieve the dream of a college education” to read “Please help us assist the next generation of homeless youth attend UNLV and achieve the dream of a college education.