WNC Foundation Scholarships
Each year, WNC Foundation awards scholarships to students on the basis of academic criteria or any combination of academics, field of study, financial need, activities, community service, and other criteria.
If you are currently registered or enrolled with WNC, the WNC Foundation Scholarship application for 2019/2020 can be found here. You must use the same email address used in your myWNC to create an account.
If you are not enrolled with WNC yet, but wish to apply for the WNC Foundation Scholarships, click here to create a scholarship account.
Generally, in order to be selected to receive a campus-based scholarship, a student must:
- Meet the specific selection criteria for a particular scholarship program
- Be enrolled in a minimum of six units, unless otherwise requested by the donor
- Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0, unless otherwise requested by the donor
- Some scholarships require students to have a financial need. To be more likely to receive a financial need based scholarship, please make sure to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For information on how to do this visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/
Students awarded a scholarship will have their award disbursed to their student account only when a thank you card has been received for the donor and in accordance with semester disbursement dates. Please be aware that scholarships of $500 and more will be disbursed in two equal payments (Fall/Spring) unless otherwise requested by the donor. Students must meet the minimum GPA criteria for a scholarship in order to receive the Spring disbursement.
Scholarship recipients are expected to attend a scholarship celebration held each March at Fuji Park Hall in Carson City.
Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship
In 1999, Gov. Kenny Guinn’s Millennium Scholarship initiative was enacted into law by the Nevada Legislature. Each Millennium Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.
A student attending WNC and using his or her Millennium Scholarship must enroll in a minimum of 9 degree applicable credits and can funding for up to 15 degree applicable credits. Students will receive a maximum of $40 per credit hour for lower-division credits (100-200 level) and $60 per credit hour for upper division credits (300-400 level). Contact the Office of the Nevada State Treasurer to request complete information and all eligibility criteria.
Western Nevada College does not post links for external scholarships at this time. We do encourage students to explore scholarship opportunities by using free scholarship sites such as:
There are many other similar search sites – just make sure you never pay money to apply and avoid searches that want to link to your social media or ask for private personal information such as your social security number, as these are often scams.
Big companies and large corporations often offer scholarships so it’s a good idea to search those sites too! Other places to check out include your or your parent’s places of employment as well as local financial institutions.
We do support known local organizations who offer scholarships and often have hard copy applications in the Financial Assistance Office. Applications are in our lobby or posted on our lobby bulletin board.
I don’t have sign in information for the scholarship website, how do I get one?
Click here, then on the “Set your Password” button to create a new account. You must use the same email address that you use to enroll with WNC in order to create an account.
I don’t have a MyWNC account, what email do I use?
If you do not have a MyWNC account set up, please click here to create a scholarship account. You may use any personal email; please make sure to use the same one when you enroll with WNC.
When I enter my email to create an account, I get the error this email does not exist. Why won’t it accept my email address?
You must use the same email address that is listed in your MyWNC account in order to create an account. If you do not have a MyWNC account, please click here to create a scholarship account. You may use any personal email; please make sure to use the same one when you enroll with WNC.
On the dashboard page of the application website it says X Applied Scholarships. What does this mean?
Based on the information you have provided, this is the number of scholarships that you potentially qualify for. You will be notified if you are awarded any of those scholarships.
Can I start my application today and finish it a different day?
Yes. The application will save as you work so you can finish it later.
I don’t know how to write a personal statement. Can you help me?
You can find details on how to write a personal statement at https://www.wnc.edu/foundation/statement/
I don’t meet the federal requirements to qualify for financial aid. Can I still earn a scholarship?
Yes, the WNC Foundation offers scholarships that are not based on financial need. You may qualify for one of those scholarships.
I am very busy. How long will it take to fill out the scholarship application?
The scholarship application saves as you work so you can leave the application and finish it later. You can take as much time as needed to complete the application.