Benefits of the Las Vegas Scholars Program include:

  • Financial Support: Up to $6,200 annual scholarship per student for up to 4 years
  • Cohorts: Las Vegas Scholar participants will be a part of a small cohort of peers and will have opportunities to engage in research with faculty and to connect with industry professionals.
  • Summer Bridge Program: Participants will attend a 1-month summer bridge program just prior to Fall semester 2020. During this time, students will adjust to college life, meet new friends, learn about the department and the campus, and earn 3-6 college credits towards their university degree.
  • Research Opportunities: Participate in research with Engineering and Education faculty; build knowledge in Engineering, while documenting your story as a Computer Science or Computer Engineering student to inspire other students like you to follow in your footsteps.
  • TEDx Talks: Learn to develop an academic identity as an Engineer, explore Engineering careers, network with Engineering students, faculty and professors, and learn how to thrive and succeed.
  • Faculty and Peer Mentoring: Establish a supportive relationship with a faculty mentor who can guide your success. Build an academic community/supportive network of peers in the program, in your department, and across campus.
  • Industry Connections: Tour local STEM industry sites, participate in summer internships, and participate in industry-sponsored senior design project activities.
  • Family Engagement: The program includes a family engagement component in order to:
    • Build students’ academic success on their families’ cultural wealth; and,
    • To ensure that families are supported in scaffolding for students’ degree completion (e.g., dedicate the time necessary for students to study for an exams)
    • Note that "families" is defined broadly and includes traditional and non-traditional definitions.
  • Family Orientation: Invite your family members to attend faculty and staff-led workshops to learn more about what it takes to succeed in college (academic expectations), costs of attending/ways to pay for college (financial literacy), and about available resources on campus and how to access them.