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“A scholarship fund is your gift to the future.”

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Read the inspiring essays from the three students featured on our home page.

Scholarships are a way to give that is:

Personal: Create a scholarship in honor or memory of someone you admire. Name it for yourself or your family. Encourage a field of study that reflects your life interest.  You can get to know the people you help. Each year we host a Scholarship Social where scholars and their families get together with Scholarship donors and the fund selection committees. Root beer floats facilitate relationships. Enjoy these photos from the 2019 Scholarship Social

Enduring: Scholarship Funds are permanent, endowed funds.

Easy: You leave the IRS regulations regarding scholarships and the complicated administrative details to us. You set the selection criteria and you can be involved in the selection committee.  IRS Scholarship regulations are not easy. Even if you have a private foundation, as several of our fundholders do, consider making your scholarships through the Community Foundation of Western Nevada.

Full of Impact: Your gift will make a deep impression on the lives of the students you touch. In turn, they are very likely to pass on your example of helping others when they are able.

Nevada has a history of raising great men and women from humble beginnings. But the work world has grown global, and career tracks have changed. Today our young people are no longer competing with those from the same school for good jobs. They are competing with well-trained job applicants from across the globe. You can increase their odds for success. Scholarships will help Nevadans get and keep the jobs they need to make a life for themselves and their families. Scholarships will help our Nevada communities thrive.

Your Scholarship Gift will Grow

The minimum initial contribution to establish an endowed scholarship is $50,000. The average annual gift from a $50,000 fund is about $2,000. Because we invest with care, your fund will grow, and over time give far more than your initial investment.

If you are interested in learning more about starting a scholarship for yourself, your civic group or business, call us at 775-333-5499

Learn more: Please read through the Grants to Individuals Policy.

Students: Apply for a Community Foundation scholarship.