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In 2017, the Community Foundation awarded nearly $400,000 in scholarships to 173 students.

Scroll down to view available scholarships. Scholarship applications open January 1, 2018.

We connect donors with grant opportunities in a wide spectrum of interests. The Community Foundation grants support nonprofits in our community and around the world. Are you passionate about the arts? Do you want to support civic and cultural opportunities and places in our region? Would you like to make grants to open recreation and after-school activities to more people? Many of our fundholders consistently assist family services, health services, and services to alleviate the challenges of poverty. Other fundholders care deeply about environmental conservation and care for animals. We send out grants to faith-based services, and churches, and to any nonprofit or educational organization. Grants from the Community Foundation support everything that strengthens our community and brings people together.


Scroll through this page to see a list of all scholarships. Scholarships for 2018 will open January 1, 2018. You can learn more about the donors and complete the scholarship application online and search for the scholarship for you.  Call Lauren Renda for more information about scholarships at 775-333-5499.

Partnership Grants

The Partnership Grant program is asking for Letters of Intent. The flagship grant program for the Community Foundation is looking for nonprofits that need funding to carry out a measurable evaluation of their programs.  Now in its 10th year, the Partnership Grant Fund has given 165 grants to excellent nonprofits doing important work in our community.
Apply for a Partnership Grant today. 


Donor Advisors recommend most of the Community Foundation grants. Because the bulk of the Community Foundation grants reflect the personal passions and interests of our fundholders, there are limited opportunities for a grant proposal submission.
Check the Open Request for Proposals (RFP) posting for available competitive grants.
The Community Foundation of Western Nevada does not accept unsolicited grant applications.

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Status Scholarship Description Deadline
Arciniega, Edward Scholarship For graduating seniors from Churchill County High School, Charter School, or from a Churchill County Home-school program, intending to study at a 2-4 year college, showing an aptitude for language. 03/31/2018
Bain, Alan, Initiative in Math or Science To generate curiosity and interest in something out of the ordinary in either math or science. 03/01/2018
Belding, Orville Memorial For student athletes born and raised in Nevada 02/28/2018
Becker, Jack and Jane Medical School Scholarship For students entering or in UNR Medical School. Must be graduate of a Nevada High School and be a current Nevada resident. 03/01/2018
Boston Family Scholarship For high school seniors, college sophomores or juniors to attend a 4-year college in Nevada for teaching degree 03/31/2018
Bowker, Peggy, Memorial Scholarship for Women in Engineering For women entering freshman, returning students, or non-traditional students. Applicants are pursuing an engineering degree from University of Nevada-Reno 03/01/2018
DePoali, Kendyl Ruth, Memorial Scholarship For full-time teachers in the WCSD who are continuing their education at UNR in College of Education, College of Sciences, or College of Liberal Arts. 03/01/2018
Dreiling, Robert and Judy Ideal candidate will be enrolled in AA Degree or Certificate track. 03/01/2018
Foster Children Education Scholarship For high school graduates who are, or have been in foster care in state of Nevada 03/31/2018
GIAR First-Generation Grandmothers Scholarship For first generation Nevada or Hawaii young women of Portuguese, Mexican, Central American and South American Ancestry. 03/15/2018
Lymbery, Gordon Scholarship For Nevada residents who have graduated from a Northern Nevada high school or who have obtained a GED in Nevada and plan to seek an degree or certificate . 03/15/2018
Michel, General Fred, Career in Aviation Scholarship Applicants: provide strong evidence of interest in aviation as a career, are a senior graduating from a northern Nevada high school, enrolled in or accepted to an accredited 4-year college, are pursuing a degree in a field related to aviation. 03/31/2018
Nevada Air National Guard Scholarship For enlisted members or dependents scholarship to UNR 04/01/2017
NV Energy Powerful Partnership Scholarship For high school seniors in the northern Nevada service area. Up to 30 $1,000 scholarships will be awarded and 2 additional $2,000 scholarships for dependents of NV Energy employees. 01/31/2018
Olds, Diane, Memorial Education Scholarship For Reed, Sparks, or Hug High students interested in pursuing teaching as a career. 03/01/2018
Reno and Gloria Quilici Scholarship Fund For graduating seniors from Churchill High School 04/01/2018
Read With Me Preschool Scholarship Provides full annual preschool scholarships for in Reno and Sparks to at least two young children who show an interest in being read to and looking at books . 04/30/2018
Reno Pops Orchestra Hillary Case Memorial Scholarship Applicants must be participants in Reno Pops Orchestra and must be committed to making music a part of their life. High school seniors, college students, and returning college students are eligible to apply. 04/30/2018
Rotary, Reno Central Scholarship For students of Wooster and Hug High Schools 02/28/2018
Phil and Jennifer Satre Scholarship High school senior children of Nevada Caesars Entertainment employees, especially children of tip and wage earners. 04/01/2018
Satre, Phil and Jennifer, Medical Education Scholarship For college students, to provide support from the junior undergraduate year through medical school for individuals who are committed to pursuing a medical degree—and with the intent to practice in Nevada 04/01/2018
Officer Mike Scofield Memorial Scholarship For northern Nevada students who are active participants in a Bible-based Christian church. 04/30/2018
Smith Family, Ron and Linda Scholarship A one-time award of up to $1,000 for a student attending Truckee Meadows Community College, Western Nevada College, or Great Basin College, who is pursuing a degree or certificate program. 04/30/2018
Snyder, Nicole Memorial Sports Scholarships 2 Women's and 1 Men's Athletic Scholarships for graduating students of Douglas High School 03/31/2018
Stegelmeyer, Eugene & Nadine Scholarship Eligible students are graduating seniors in a Washoe County High School (or students pursuing post-secondary or graduate studies in teaching and/or geriatrics) who will attend teaching and/or geriatric programs through a community or junior college, private school, or accredited college or university—in or outside of Nevada 03/01/2018
Systems Consultants Scholarship For graduating seniors from Churchill County High School, Churchill County Charter School, or from a Churchill County home-school program interested in math or computer science. 03/31/2018
Stockman, John, Memorial Scholarship For a graduating senior from high school or home school in Washoe, Douglas, Carson City, Storey, Lyon, and Churchill counties, and South Lake Tahoe High School.The John R. Stockman Scholarship is given in the hopes that the most qualified candidate will be able to recognize the best in themselves, pursue their dreams, and succeed. 04/30/2018
Claudine Williams Harrah's Las Vegas Employee Scholarship Any high school senior or current college student (GED acceptable) whose parent or guardian is a full-time employee in grade L14 or below and employed by the company full-time for at least three consecutive years when the application is submitted. 03/01/2018
Zonta Club of Greater Reno Re-Entry Scholarship & Young Women in Public Service Award Applicants must be registered with the TMCC Re-entry Center. Applicants for YWPA award must be between 16 and 19 on April 1. 03/01/2018