College Financial Aid is intended to help students pay education-related expenses (tuition, room and board, transportation, books, and other fees) while attending college.  Click here for a brief financial aid overview.

Need-based Aid can come in the form of grants (gift money) or loans (money that needs to be paid back).  In order to receive this type of financial aid from the federal government, students and families complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or the FAFSA, in the student’s senior year of high school. Individual colleges/universities may also offer need-based aid to students. Some schools will require a student to complete the CSS PROFILE in order to determine a need-based aid award. Click here for a list of participating institutions. While the FAFSA is free, there is a fee to submit the CSS PROFILE. Check the financial aid application requirements for your prospective colleges to see if and when you must complete this form.

Merit Aid is awarded to students who have an exemplary academic record, as based on GPA and/or standardized test scores. Individual colleges/universitites distribute these funds as available to them.

Scholarships are a form of grant, or gift aid that are available to graduating seniors. Some of these scholarships on this page are open only to BMCHS students, while others are available to local/Northern Nevada students or on a national level. Click here for more tips to search for scholarships. National scholarship search engines (e.g., College Board, FastWeb, CollegeNet,

Underclassmen Award Opportunities

The Coolidge Scholarship
Eligible classes: Grade 11 ONLY
Deadline: January 23, 2019 at 5pm EST
Awards: Full-ride, presidential scholarship covering tuition, room & board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study at any American college or university (3 awards/year)
Description: This is a NATIONAL, highly competitive competition. The primary criterion is academic excellence. Secondary criterion include: demonstrate interest in public policy, and appreciation for the values Coolidge championed (humility & service). Finalists are flown to Vermont for an interview weekend in the spring and recipients of the scholarship are notified late in their junior year – before college applications are to be submitted. More information.

2019 Profile in Courage Essay Contest
Eligible classes: Grades 9-12
Deadline: January 18, 2019
Awards: First place (1) $10,000; Second place (1) $3,000; Finalist (5) $1,000; Semifinalist (8) $500; Honorable Mention (10)
Description: Essay of 700-1,000 words on the following topic: Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. Include an analysis of the obstacles, risks, and consequences associated with the act. The essay may concern an issue at the local, state, national, or international level. More information.

2019 AFSA National High School Essay Contest
Eligible classes: Grades 9-12
Deadline: March 15, 2019 at 11:59pm EDT
Awards: Winner: $2,500, a trip to Washington, D.C., to meet a member of the State Department’s leadership, full scholarship for a Semester at Sea educational voyage. Runner-up: $1,250 and a full scholarship to attend the International Diplomacy Program of the National Student Leadership Conference.
Description: In a 1,000-1,250 word essay identify two cases – one you deem successful and on you deem unsuccessful – where the US pursued an integrated approach to build peace in a conflict-affected country. Analyze and compare these two cases. More information.

QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program: 

Eligible classes: High-achieving high school juniors from low-income backgrounds (family of four earning less than $65,000/year)

Deadline: March 20, 2019

Awards may include: Full scholarships to summer programs at Stanford, Yale, and more; laptops and campus visits; admissions conferences; college essay feedback. Click here for more information and to apply.


Snow’s Women’s Auxiliary “Making a Difference” Scholarship Recognition Award

Due: April 25, 2019

For Graduating Students

Donor-Funded Scholarships

The Bishop Manogue community has a long history of supporting its students, not only during their high school education, but throughout their post-secondary education as well. Several donors have established scholarships for the benefit of students graduating from Bishop Manogue Catholic High School to use at an institution of higher education.

Click here for a list of donor funded scholarships.

College-Sponsored Scholarships

Many college offer merit- or need-based scholarship opportunities to incoming students. Some require a counselor nomination, an additional application or have an earlier deadline. Please keep in mind that full-tuition scholarships will be highly competitive, only awarding the top applicants to the school.

Outside Scholarships

Many outside organizations, both for-profit and non-profit, offer scholarship opportunities to graduating seniors that plan to enter college. The deadlines, amounts, and eligibility criteria for these awards vary widely. This list will be updated as we are made aware of opportunities.

Outside Scholarships

Many outside organizations, both for-profit and non-profit, offer scholarship opportunities to graduating seniors that plan to enter college. The deadlines, amounts, and eligibility criteria for these awards vary widely. This list will be updated as we are made aware of opportunities.


Scholarship Name Deadline Tags
Questbridge National College Match September 27, 2018 National, Financial Need, Merit
Wendy’s High School Heisman October 17, 2018 Scholar-Athletes
Coca-Cola Scholars Program October 31, 2018 National
ACT Champion October 31, 2018 National
Horatio Alger Scholarship Fund (multiple awards) Varies (Fall 2018) Financial Need
UNCF: United Negro College Fund (multiple awards) Varies (Nov-March) Financial Need
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards November 6, 2018 National, Service
Elks Most Valuable Student November 15, 2018 Local, National
Ron Brown Scholar Program November 1, 2018 (Early)
January 9, 2019 (Final)
National, Racial/Ethnic Group, Merit, Financial Need
Dell Scholars Program December 1, 2018 Financial Need
Adras & Altig Criminal Justice Essay Contest December 1, 2018 National
National Honor Society Scholarship December 7, 2018 Merit
The Support Collectors Scholarship December 7, 2018 National
The Science Ambassador Scholarship December 11, 2018 National, Major
Foot Locker Scholar Athletes December 14, 2019 Scholar-Athletes
AXA Achievement Scholarship December 14, 2018 National
Burger King Scholars December 15, 2018 National
Fund the Future StudySoup Scholarship December 15, 2018 National
Dirk Derrick Car & Truck Accident Injury Scholarship December 15, 2018 National
College Raptor Scholarship December 31, 2018 National
Phen Clinics Health Lifestyle Scholarship December 31, 2018 National
GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program January 4, 2019 Student Leaders
APIASF: Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (multiple awards) January 10, 2019 Racial/Ethnic Group
Diversity Advancement Scholarship (Architecture) January 16, 2019 National, Major
Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship (Reno) January 19, 2019 Local, Financial Need, All-Around
Soroptimist International of Truckee Meadows Youth Scholarship Application January 21, 2019 Local, Financial Need
Elks Legacy Award February 1, 2019 National
Nevada Garden Club Scholarships February 1, 2019 Local, Major
EpicPromise Scholars Grant February 5, 2019 Parents employed by Vail Resorts, Financial Need
Reno Rodeo Charitable Foundation Scholarships February 13, 2019 Local
Nevada State Elks Association PER Nursing Scholarship February 13, 2019 Local, plan to attend college in NV, major, financial need
WACE National Co-Op Scholarship February 15, 2019 National, Planned Co-Op
Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship Awards (multiple awards) February 15, 2019 National
Nevada Women’s Fund Scholarships February 28, 2019 Local
Community Foundation of Western Nevada TBA, Varies (Feb-Apr) Local
Sons of Italy Western Foundation Scholarship March 1, 2019 Local, Racial/Ethnic Group
National CCAA Scholarship March 1, 2019 National, Catholic Colleges
Blacks at Microsoft March 8, 2019 National, Racial/Ethnic Group, Major
Italian Catholic Federation Scholarship March 15, 2019 Local, Racial/Ethnic Group, Catholic
Nevada Agricultural Foundation Scholarships March 15, 2019 Local, Major
OverAchievers College Scholarship March 15, 2019 Local, UNR
Generation Google Scholarships/Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) March 18, 2019 Local, Major
Reno Elks Vocational Grant Program  March 20. 2019 Local, Major/2-year school, Financial Need
David J. Tacchino Scholarship and Educational Grant March 20, 2019 Local, plan to attend college in NV, Financial need
NAHAS Scholarship Endowment March 22, 2019 Local, UNR-only
Study Soup: Collect Items for a Homeless Shelter March 26, 2019 National- Random drawing 1 winner
HENAAC (Great Minds in Science) Scholarships April 1, 2019 National, Racial/Ethnic Group, Major/STEM
Hispanic Scholarship Fund (multiple awards) April 2, 2019 Racial/Ethnic Group
The Redefining Ready! National Scholarship April 2, 2019 National
The Nevada Broadcasters Foundation Broadcasting Scholarship April 12, 2019 Local, NV College, Major, Full Tuition
Northern Nevada Golf Association Girls’ Golf Scholarship April 15, 2019 Local, Female only, Scholar-Athlete
Barney Bell Golf Scholarship April 20, 2019 Local, Athletic (Golf)
Snows Women’s Auxiliary “Making a Difference” Scholarship Recognition Award April 25, 2019 Local, Catholic
University of Hawai’i Alumni & Friends Association, Las Vegas Chapter April 26, 2019 Local, School-specific
WOA Scholarships April 30, 2019 Local, Multiple Awards (10)
Society of Women Engineers Scholarships (multiple awards) May 1, 2019 National
American Indian Services Scholarship May 1, 2019 Racial/Ethnic Group
B. Davis Scholarship May 24, 2019 National
Mahin and Saifulla Salemy High School Scientific Scholarship May 31, 2019 National, Major
American Indian College Fund (multiple awards) May 31, 2019 Racial/Ethnic Group
Abbott & Fenner College Scholarship June 14, 2019 National
BigSun Scholarship June 19, 2019 National, Athlete
AES Engineering Scholarship October 6, 2019 National
NYSEF NIAA College Scholarship Award TBA Local, Ski
Textbook Brokers Scholarship June 1, 2019 Local, UNR

College Financial Aid Resources

  • College Board BigFuture: This is an non-profit association of over 6,000 colleges and universities.  It provides resources, tools, and services to students, parents, and educators.  The College Board also develops the SAT and the AP tests.
  • CSS Profile(College Scholarship Service Profile) Distributed by the College Board, the CSS Profile is required for select private institutions to best find financial aid for the student.
  • Fastweb: A free database of college scholarships.  Students complete a Fastweb profile and can search through scholarships for which they qualify.
  • Educational Credit Management Corporation: (ECMC) Previously EdFund, this site outlines the basics of student loans and preventing default on those loans.
  • US Department of Education: A great resource about loans, grants, laws, and data impacting education across the United States.
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: This agency has helpful resources for families to understand their options for paying for college as well as a tool for graduating seniors to compare financial aid offers from colleges.