How to Apply

To apply to the Las Vegas Scholars Program, read all of the instructions below first and then fill out the online application form by clicking on the APPLY button below.

Application Instructions

  • All application materials must be submitted no later than January 17, 2020.
  • Students interested in being in this program need to apply to and be accepted into UNLV's College of Engineering first (through the UNLV Gateway System - Only after students are admitted into UNLV may they apply to the Las Vegas Scholars Program. Make sure to also submit completed FAFSA forms to UNLV Admissions. Admits must be eligible to receive the Pell Grant to qualify for this scholarship.

  • Application material for the Las Vegas Scholars Program includes the following:
    • Online application
    • Unofficial high school transcript in PDF format. Email these to
    • Two letters of recommendation: One from a STEM teacher (for example, a math or science teacher), and one from a community member (for example, a club mentor, imam/pastor, or coach). Submit recommendation letters to:
    • A personal statement (500-800 words) that includes your responses to the following questions:
      1. What life experiences have shaped who you are today, how and why? Specifically, what challenges, barriers, and/or forms of adversity have you faced and how have you responded to them?
      2. What kinds of support networks have you had/do you have in your life? Who has been your strongest educational supporter, and how?
      3. What kinds of leadership roles have you held (for example, babysitting for siblings/neighbors, acting as a translator for a family member or neighbor, serving as an informal or formal teacher’s aide in high school, being a team captain, being a leader in your community, etc.)?
      4. What has sparked your interest in becoming a computer engineer or computer scientist?
      5. Describe several skills, qualities, or characteristics that you believe will help you succeed in college generally, and in computer engineering or computer science specifically.

    It is strongly recommended that you write the personal statement before beginning the online application form. You cannot save and return to your application but must complete it at one time.

    Letters of recommendation and your unofficial high school transcript should be emailed (to after you complete the online application form.

It is recommended that you complete and submit your UNLV application (including FAFSA forms) by November 1, 2019 so that you can receive full consideration for other UNLV-related scholarships. However, even if you don't apply to UNLV by then (11/1/2019), you may still apply for the Las Vegas Scholars Program by January 17, 2020 if you have also been admitted to UNLV's Computer Engineering or Computer Science major in the College of Engineering by then (1/17/2020).