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,

Graduating Senior Scholarships:

The deadline has passed for donor-funded Senior Scholarships.

Other Available Scholarships:

The following Scholarships are made available through various community organizations and have varied requirements and deadlines, please see individual Scholarship application for details.

AAUW Scholarship Application
Eligibility: Graduating senior woman
Value: $500
Deadline: June 1, 2017
Application: Complete this form, include a typed resume

Dave Myers Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating senior, planning to attend UNR in the fall, a B or C+ student, active in sports/activities/community, need for financial assistance to attend UNR
Deadline: Received (via postal mail) by May 12, 2017
Application: Pick up an information form from Mrs. Welmerink’s door

Textbook Brokers Textbook Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating seniors planning to enroll at UNR or TMCC in Fall 2017
Value: Varies, $100-$500
Deadline: May 19, 2017
Application: Click here for more information including a link to apply; applications for the $250 and $500 scholarships require short essays

Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program
Eligibility: Graduating senior who plans to enroll in a career/technical program for the first time in fall 2017, critical financial need (eligible to receive the Federal Pell grant as determined by the FAFSA), perseverance in overcoming adversity, US citizenship
Value: Up to $2,500 (up to 1,020 scholarships will be awarded)
Deadline: June 15, 2017

B. Davis Scholarship
Eligibility: Available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as students currently registered in any post-secondary institution.

  • No age restriction
  • Application located on the website
  • Include your name and the school you are attending this year and next; include you future college plans.
  • Essay Requirement: 1000 words on the topic below:
    • Describe the three characteristics of leadership you values most. Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual.

Value: Amount of Scholarship:  $1,000
Deadline: May 22, 2017
Questions: Contact organization at


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.