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Promise Scholarship to Cover College Cost for Many Students in 2018

Posted: June 23, 2017

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Nevada Promise Scholarship for State High School Grads Pays the Cost of Class Fees Starting in Fall 2018

Students attending WNC in fall 2018 must apply no later than October 31, 2017.

Many students never make it to college because they can’t afford it.

Western Nevada College is delighted to announce that it will participate in the state’s new Nevada Promise Scholarship program, so that young Nevadans can attend WNC starting with the fall 2018 semester, free of class fees.

Nevada Promise is a scholarship and mentoring program for Nevada high school graduates under 20 years of age.  Through the Nevada Promise Scholarship, the state intends to pay the cost of attending classes at Nevada community colleges that is not otherwise funded by federal aid, the Millennium Scholarship or the Silver State Opportunity Grant.

“The Nevada Promise Scholarship clears the most common barriers to higher education for Nevada’s recent high school graduates. It provides easy, flexible access to transfer degrees as well as career and technical programs for up to three years. Students pursuing a degree are funded to take a 12 or more credits whether they attend in person at a WNC campus or online. It is clear evidence of the New Nevada’s commitment to providing access to higher education and high level training for the future leaders in our state,” said Scott Morrison, WNC’s Vice President of Academic Affairs.

The scholarship stands to save Nevada families over $3000 per year. Students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree can use the scholarship to complete their first two years at WNC before transferring to a university.  They may also earn an associate degree and industry credentials in a variety of career and technical programs. If necessary, students may use the scholarship for remedial coursework, and students have the ability to renew their scholarship twice after the first year.

In addition to covered class fees, Nevada Promise students will be assigned a WNC mentor who will assist them with the scholarship requirements, as well as the admissions and financial aid processes.  Completion of 20 hours of community service no later than April 30, 2018 is one of the scholarship’s requirements.

Students must apply for the scholarship no later than October 31, 2017.

For information about Nevada Promise at WNC, visit

The Nevada Promise Scholarship is a part the approved Senate Bill 391. The scholarship is funded by the State of Nevada.