Private Donor Scholarships

Current Scholarship Opportunities

The following is a list of scholarships available through outside organizations.

Be advised that the scholarships listed on this page are not offered, administered or awarded by Western Nevada College. Although the college attempts to assure that the links listed are legitimate and reputable sources, and the college lists them as a means of making scholarship information available to students, the college cannot guarantee the validity of any claims made by these organizations on their websites. Accordingly, students should be cautious in providing personally identifiable information on internet sites and should report suspicious sites to the college. Western Nevada College is not responsible for how personally identifiable information you provide in pursuing scholarships may be used.

The American Bullion Financial Education Scholarship

Essay Rules

  • Scholarship essay must be a minimum of 500 words, maximum of 2,000 words.
  • Applicant must be currently enrolled at an accredited high school, college, or university within the United States.
  • Applicant must be a legal resident of the United States or hold a valid U.S. student visa.
  • One submission per person, per year. • Essays that fail to meet the above requirements will be disregarded.
  • Winners may have their essay featured on the American Bullion website, Facebook page, and blog. For up-to-date information on the scholarship and other American Bullion announcements, follow American Bullion on Twitter and Facebook.


To apply for this scholarship opportunity, please complete the following form using the link above which includes a 500-2,000 word essay answering the question: Why is gold a good investment for future generations?

2015 Michigan Auto Law Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship

Auto accident law firm is offering two $500 scholarships for college students who have overcome car accident injuries and are rebuilding their lives.

Eligibility and selection criteria
Applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident,
  • Be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university within the United States,
  • Have sustained injuries from a car or truck accident,
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.

Application requirements
Applicants must submit the following items:

  • A completed application,
  • A current academic transcript (original copy with the name of the college or university),
  • Copy of the police report or other proof of your accident,
  • An essay of not more than three pages describing the car accident, your injury, and how you have worked to overcome your injury.

OMAP’s 100 Word Essay Health Care Scholarship

OMAP ( is now offering our 100 word essay scholarship for all current and prospective students pursuing a career in the health care field. New for 2014: we’ve made it easier than ever by changing our 1500 word essay requirements to only 100 words!

  • Click here to apply. Please read the following information prior to applying:
  • Essay Instructions

    Please explain why you should be considered for our scholarship, using the following criteria:

    • Minimum of 100 words, maximum of 200 words.
    • All essays should be written in English using correct grammar and punctuation.
    • All personal information needs to be accurate and truthful.
    • Pictures, audio, and video are accepted as part of the submission.
    How Much Are We Giving Away?

    We are currently offering $2000 in scholarship funds per year. The money will be divided between four lucky students, and dispersed four separate times per year on select dates (see deadline instructions below). Each winner will receive $500 in scholarship money.

    What are the Deadlines?

    If you missed the last deadline, don’t worry! We offer 4 scholarships per year to different individuals. Be sure to get your applications in before the next deadline! Deadlines for 2014:

    • Scholarship #1: March 31st 2014 (funds dispersed by April 30th, 2014)
    • Scholarship #2: June 30th, 2014 (funds dispersed by July 30th, 2014)
    • Scholarship #3: September 30th, 2014 (funds dispersed by October 30th, 2014)
    • Scholarship #4: December 31st, 2014 (funds dispersed by January 30th, 2015)
    • What are the Requirements?
    • All winners will need to provide proof of the following requirements:
      • At least 18 years old (at the time of disbursement).
      • Must be a citizen of the United States of America.
      • Must be enrolled in a Health Care related field.
      • Moriarty's Gem Art Rock Hound Scholarship

        Application Process

        We love rocks! Everyone in our family studied geology, biology and other sciences in college.

        Would you like to take part in the 2014 Rock Hound Scholarship? Just complete the following step:

        Fill out this survey which has questions related to Science in School. Also answer the last essay question in the survey with 500 words or less. Punctuation, grammar, clarity and organization will be considered during the evaluation process, as well as content.

        To enter, fill out the survey and submit by 11:59pm on Dec 25th, 2014. Carefully review your application before you submit it. We recommend that you print a hard copy of your application to retain for your records.

        Eligibility for Payout

        • Must be studying a Science Degree Program at your school
        • Currently residing in the United States
        • Student must provide the address of the college's Financial Aid Office
        • Student must provide college student identification number
        • All decisions we make are final and are not subject to appeal
        • Before the Prize will be awarded, all information submitted in the application email will be verified. If ANY false or misleading information is submitted on the official entry, the student will be disqualified without notification to the student
        • Only one entry per student.

        My Solo 401K .net

        What are the benefits of using funds in your 401k, IRA or other retirement account to finance your business or franchise? is a leading facilitator of 401k small business financing. Our 401k SelfStarter Plan, also known as a rollover as business startup (ROBS), allows you to fund a business with your retirement funds without taking a taxable distribution or loan. By minimizing debt, your business will increase its chance to succeed.

        Ultimately, we empower individuals to turn their idea or concept…from a dream… into a reality.

        We know the benefits of funding your business with your 401k, IRA or other retirement funds, but we want to hear it from your perspective: What are the benefits of using retirement funds to purchase or fund an existing business or franchise? Why should an individual use retirement funds over traditional forms of small business financing (equity and debt financing)? What is the long term value of the ROBS transaction to a business owner?


        Any student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at any accredited United States university, college or trade school.


        A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded; this money can be used toward tuition or books.


        Submission deadline is December 15, 2014


        Applicants must submit an essay of 1,000 words minimum on the topic" What are the benefits of using funds in your 401k, IRA or other retirement account to finance your business or franchise”.


        Please email your essay to:

        Submission Deadline: December 15, 2014

        Award Date: January 15, 2015

        Pertino IT Innovation Scholarship Program


        • Information Technology degree focus
        • Legal US residents
        • Currently enrolled full-time at an accredited university or business school in the U.S.
        • Enrolled in a Undergraduate or Graduate degree program


        (1) $1000 award, and (1) $500 award


        • Submit a 500-700 blog post on one of the following topics:
          • What is the impact of the cloud on computer networking?
          • Describe the security and privacy challenges for companies with mobile workers.
          • How does increasing employee mobility impact a company’s ability to keep them always connected?
        • High school graduate (or equivalent): 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA or University or business school: 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA
        • One letter of recommendation

        The William Gary Allen Scholarship

        Enter for your opportunity to be awarded $1,500 for college tuition.

        The career you’re preparing for in college may take you places you’ve never imagined. But have you imagined the kind of place you’d like to call home in the future?

        Tell us about your vision of the “Home of the Future” in an essay and you may be eligible to be awarded a $1,500 scholarship.

        Essay topics may include but are not limited to green/sustainable building methods and technology, accessibility, community amenities, common spaces and other features that you believe will appeal to homeowners and renters in the future.

        Scholarship Deadline: October 31, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

        Criteria for eligibility:

        • Be enrolled in an accredited university or college in the United States.
        • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of entry submission.
        • Have full-time student status.
        • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident.
        • Major in or focus on architecture, civil engineering, city planning, environmental services or related fields.

        How to enter:

        1. In less than 500 words, use the form below to send us your essay about your vision of the Home of the Future.
        2. Read the Rules and Regulation page for details on eligibility, the winner selection process and more.
        3. Submit your name and email address along with your essay by (month, day, year, time).

        Scholarship Entry Form

        Please fill out each field and submit your entry.


        Education is important, and having a college degree can make a huge difference to your future. Financing a college education, however, can be difficult. Interior-Deluxe believe in giving our youth a chance, that's why we're offering need-based college scholarship of $1,500. Applying for the scholarship is easy. All you have to do is answer four questions that are open-ended yet thought-provoking.

        Our scholarship is open to students of all majors in all countries who are 16 years of age or older. All are encouraged to apply for our scholarship - including High school students, undergraduate students, master degree students, and adult learners.

        General Scholarship for Higher Learning: Fall 2014

        Students enrolled in a two year, four year, or a graduate program are eligible to apply. The General Scholarship is awarded each fall and spring semester.

        Award Amount: $1500

        Deadline:October 15,2014

        Jan Egerton and Don Smitley Mesothelioma Scholarship

        Type of Scholarship

        Each winner of this essay contest will be awarded a check from the law firm of Belluck & Fox, LLP. These funds must be used to pay for college tuition and / or education-related expenses.

        One (1) essay per student is allowed.


        This essay contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are 18-years-old or older and are currently enrolled in a college or university located within the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. U.S. territories are excluded.

        Previous first place winners are not eligible for participation.

        Essay Topic

        Mesothelioma is a terminal cancer diagnosed in close to 3,000 Americans each year. The only established cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. Most victims were unwittingly exposed to asbestos at work or while serving in the military. Still others developed mesothelioma through exposure from family members coming home from work with their clothes covered in asbestos fibers.

        Unfortunately, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the annual number of mesothelioma deaths is increasing. According to experts, over 20 million people in the United States are at risk of developing malignant mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure.

        We believe it is important to get the facts out about mesothelioma and asbestos exposure, and especially, to help educate young Americans by researching and writing about one of the below topics:

        • A mesothelioma survivor’s personal story.
        • A history of asbestos use in America.
        • The latest developments in the treatment of mesothelioma.

        Essay Length

        The essay must be no fewer than 750 and no more than 1,500 words long.

        To Apply to the Essay Contest

        • Fill in “Your Information” in the downloadable application to the right.
        • Read the Rules and sign the application.
        • Return this form by email (also download the PDF application Link Text)
        • .
        • Email your original essay to We will accept essays from Sept. 1st, 2014 until Oct. 7, 2014.

        Conversion Digital Marketing Scholarship

        Conversion is a performance-driven digital marketing firm and trusted partner to some of North America’s largest brands. Conversion is awarding two scholarships each valued at $1,000 to post-secondary students passionate about marketing. Students applying must submit a 500-750 word essay outlining their current marketing-related involvement as well as their marketing career aspirations. Students who are able to demonstrate their passion for marketing, as well as a clear understanding of their career goals will be favored.


        • Be a full time student at an accredited College or University during the Fall 2014 semester
        • Be a Canadian or American Citizen
        • Enrolled in a post-secondary institution in the field of Business, Marketing, Communications, Information Technology, or related field


        1. Fill out your correct information (see form on the right)
        2. Email/mail the following documents
        • An official up-to-date transcript
        • Proof of Canadian or American citizenship
        • 500-750 word essay outlining your current marketing-related involvement as well as your marketing career aspirations

        Value: $1,000

        Number of Scholarships: Two

        Length of Scholarship: One semester

        Deadline: September 19, 2014

        Mail to:

        Conversion (Attn: Scholarship)

        174 Spadina Avenue, Suite 200

        Toronto, Ontario

        Canada M5T 2C2 (Attn: Scholarship)


        • What:Enviro safety products is awarding a $1500 Scholarship to the student who writes the winning essay about safety in the work and professional environments.
        • Who:All active, full time college or technical school students.
        • When:Deadline to submit isSeptember 15th, 2014

        Enviro Safety Products is proud to support motivated students and professionals pursuing a career in Occupational Safety & Health or a related field. The purpose of this scholarship is to help recognize the contributions and importance of proper safety and health practices in the workplace.

        Enviro Safety Products awards one scholarship annually to a full time student enrolled in an occupational health and safety related program leading to an occupational health and safety certificate, diploma or degree at an accredited college or university in the United States. The scholarship is awarded based on the applicants knowledge and understanding of the importance of workplace safety. This award is open to eligible students regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, personal beliefs, age, sexual orientation or physical challenges.

        Award criteria:

        • One scholarship will be awarded.
        • Must be enrolled in an Occupational Health and Safety related course or program at an accredited college or university in the United States.
        • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
        • Enrolled in at least 12 units.
        • Submit current transcript (unofficial transcripts will be accepted).
        • Submit a one-page cover letter, consisting of a brief statement of approximately 250-300 words, describing your accomplishments, career goals and importance of proper safety and health practices in the workplace. Additionally, write a two page brief discussing the usefulness and importance of a specific kind of safety product(s) in the work environment.

        Suggested subjects include:

        • Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)
        • Respiratory Protection
        • Disposable Clothing & HazMat Suits
        • Gloves & Hand Protection
        • Eye & Vision Protection
        • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
        • OSHA Regulations pertaining to PPE

        Your brief should include links to appropriate sections on the website, OSHA or the CDC where appropriate.

        Email application to:

        Ready to Apply?

        Email us your scanned documents, and your Essay in Microsoft Word format to with the subject of "2014 Scholarship Application."

        One Winner will be chosen from all submissions based upon the following criteria:

        • Grammar & Spelling
        • Relevancy of Essay to Safety Industry & Enviro Safety
        • Quality of content
        • GPA
        • Judging will be performed by the VP of Marketing & Technology of Enviro Safety. Under no circumstances shall more than $1500 be awarded. Relatives, employees (prior or current) or Families of Enviro Safety or directly affiliated companies are not eligable.

          All essay's submitted become the property of Enviro Safety Products and may be used in entirety or part for any reason. If 12 submissions from individual students are not received, the scholarship will be prorated based upon the number of submissions. For example, if only 6 students submit, 50% of the scholarship would be paid out. Scholarship can be used to pay for books & tuition and receipts must be submitted for reimbursement.

          2014 Scholarships Sponsored by Xero


          • Focus: Accounting or finance
          • Amount:$5000(one award)
          • Level:Undergraduate or graduate
          • Recurs: Biannually


          • Must be legal US residents
          • Must be currently enrolled full-time at an accredited university or business school in the US

          You must submit

          • Essay
          • Write 500-700 words on the following topic:
          • “What compels you to study accounting, business and/or finance? What is your end goal, and how do you think you will make a difference in this field?”


          High school graduate (or equivalent): 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA or University or business school: 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA


          • One letter of recommendation

          Submit applications to

          Other Scholarship Opportunities

          There are hundreds of thousands of scholarship opportunities that an ambitious student can discover. While your local library will contain many scholarship directories in the reference section, the best way to match your particular characteristics to scholarship opportunities is to search through the Internet. Students may use computers in WNC's library for this purpose. Several free online scholarship searches are available. WNC recommends:

          Be sure to begin your scholarship search early!

          HubShout Online Marketing Scholarship

          The HubShout Online Marketing Scholarship is designed to help students who are on the path to any type of business or marketing career that will involve online marketing. Students who have completed at least one year of post-secondary education, have at least a 3.0 GPA and are working toward a career in business or marketing are encouraged to apply.

 Textbooks for a Year Scholarship

          The Textbooks for a Year scholarship is a 750-1,250 word essay contest. One grand prize of $1,250 and one runner-up prize of $250, to the winning students will be awarded in the Fall and again in the Spring.

          Tribal Scholarships

          For those who are Native American, your tribe or nation may offer college scholarships. To learn more, contact your tribe or call the regional office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Sacramento at (916) 978-6058 or visit the BIA website.

          Many tribes and the BIA require a "needs analysis" from your college's financial aid office to document eligibility, so be sure to file your FAFSA early.

          Women's Independence Scholarship Program (WISP)

          About the scholarship

          The Women's Independence Scholarship Program (WISP) was created in 1999 to help formerly battered women overcome barriers to the education necessary for their becoming employable and financially stable. The primary intent is to help single mothers with young children who have the greatest financial challenges (childcare costs, etc.) to gain work skills so they can support their families. Our funds target women who are in desperate financial situations and absolutely must have both an education and our funds to assist them.

          WISP Program Eligibility Criteria

          A woman who meets the following requirements is eligible to apply:

          • Survived intimate partner abuse & has been separated from their abuser a minimum of one year;
          • Is a citizen or legal resident of the United States;
          • Has applied to or is officially accepted into an accredited course of study at a United States institution;
          • Demonstrates a critical need for financial assistance;
          • Exhibits a strong desire and the ability to complete a training and/or academic program;
          • Has a definite plan to use the desired training to upgrade skills for career advancement, to train for a new career field, or to enter or reenter the job market; and
          • Has sought services from a non-profit, domestic violence agency for a minimum of 6 consecutive months, and this agency is willing act as sponsor by mentoring and providing support to the student throughout her educational experience

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