Scholarships: How to Apply

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Creating opportunities for success

The Public Education Foundation administers a variety of scholarships to help students pursue higher educational goals. In many cases, the scholarships make the college and university experience accessible to students who might not otherwise dream of a college education. The Public Education Foundation offers more than 260 different scholarship opportunities for Southern Nevada’s high school seniors to attend both in-state and out-of-state schools.

Our scholarship donors are corporations, associations, organizations, foundations and individuals who want to create a brighter future by encouraging education. Each donor has the opportunity to determine the criteria of their scholarship and plays an active role in selecting the scholarship recipients. The Foundation provides professional assistance in establishing the scholarship funds at no cost, including advertising and promotion, clerical support, and an awards recognition luncheon in May. The luncheon gives the donors and scholarship recipients the opportunity to meet if they haven’t already done so during the selection process.

To date, the Foundation has awarded more than 5,400 scholarships totaling more than $10.5 million.

For Donors

Establishing or Adding to a Scholarship Fund

You can get the help you need to quickly set up a Scholarship Fund. Our Scholarship Directors work tirelessly to be sure information is distributed to guidance counselors and potential applicants; applications are processed promptly and contain complete information; checks are written and gifts acknowledged promptly when the fund receives donations.

To learn more about how you can establish a scholarship fund, contact the scholarship office at (702) 221-7422 or email:

For Students

Scholarship Selection Process

Review committees select recipients based on information submitted by the applicant. Some scholarship funds have specific eligibility requirements established by the donor, such as enrollment at a particular high school or specializing in a particular field of study. Committees make their selections and the recipient is notified prior to the Scholarship Recognition Luncheon in May.

University Tuition Payment

All tuition is due by the college or university stated deadline, regardless of the status of financial aid.  If your scholarship(s)/ financial aid are not available by the university payment deadlines, you must pay your tuition yourself and generally will be reimbursed when the scholarship/aid is disbursed to your account. Please contact your university Student Financial Services about the status of your account. It is not appropriate to be attending classes without your account paid.  Universities, generally, do not defer tuition and fees for pending scholarship/aid money.