More than 12,000 apply for new Nevada scholarship

The Nevada System of Higher Education has received a strong response for the first year of the state’s Promise scholarship.

More than 12,000 high school seniors have applied for the last-dollar scholarship program, which covers student fees at a community college after other aid sources have been exhausted.

“They are a lot higher than we thought they were going to be,” said Michael Flores, NSHE chief of staff. “It’s really, really exciting and also surprising. It’s demonstrated the need that’s out there for students to be able to go to college.”

The College of Southern Nevada — the state’s largest school — had the most applicants: 9,386.

“I’m thrilled to see such an incredible response to the Nevada Promise Scholarship and the increased access it will provide to so many young Nevadans,” NSHE chancellor Thom Reilly said in a statement. “The Nevada Legislature’s investment in this program will create an incredible domino effect that will not only improve the lives of these students, but future generations as well.”

The Nevada Legislature this year approved $3.5 million for the pilot program, which is modeled after the Tennessee Promise Program.

Applicants who wish to remain eligible for the program must complete 20 hours of community service by the end of April. Applicants also must meet with assigned mentors who will help guide the journey toward college.

Flores said the schools are finding mentors to meet the need.

Contact Natalie Bruzda at or 702-477-3897. Follow @NatalieBruzda on Twitter.

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