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.

The Nevada Broadcasters Foundation Broadcasting Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating senior, Nevada resident attending a Nevada post-secondary institution (2- or 4-year college) as a full-time student, enrolled in a broadcast or related curriculum, current unweighted GPA 2.7 (minimum)
Value: Full-tuition (12 credits per semester)
Deadline: April 14, 2016 (email applications to:

Snows Women’s Auxiliary “Making a Difference” Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating senior, registered member of Our Lady of the Snows parish, received the Sacrament of Confirmation, well-rounded student who is involved in community service through school and/or other outside interests and achievements. Students may also have overcome some adversity, either personal or family related.
Value: $1,000 (3 scholarships available)
Deadline: RECEIVED by 4pm on April 7, 2017 in the Parish Office
Application materials: Application, portfolio including an introductory letter/personal statement, TWO letters of recommendation, and information about achievements and interests.

Nevada Agricultural Foundation Educational Assistance Award
Eligibility: Graduating seniors who plan to enroll in an agricultural related field of study (including veterinary fields); financial need, scholastic proficiency, character, service and specialized talents are also considered in the evaluation; students attending 2- or 4-year colleges and universities are eligible
Value: Varies
Deadline: Postmarked by March 15
Application information and application:

EpicPromise Scholars Grant
Eligibility: Graduating senior, parent employed by a Vail Resorts company (Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood), household income less than 600% of the Federal Poverty level as determined by the FAFSA (see application for more details), minimum 3.0 GPA, 40 hours of community service in the last 4 years
Value: Up to $2,500 (renewable up to 4 years)
Deadline: March 1, 2017
Application materials: Online application form, FAFSA, personal essay based on Common App essay topics, in-person interview
Application website:

2016-17 Optimist International Oratorical Contest & Scholarship
Eligibility: The contest is open to students under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2016.
Value: $2,500-$22,500
Deadline: The deadline to submit speeches is February 19, 2017.
Application materials required: Application form and instructions

Community Foundation of Western Nevada Opportunities
CFWN offers scholarships for many different types of students graduating from high schools in Northern Nevada ONLY.
Most application deadlines are March 1
Apply here

Rotary Student Scholarship
Eligibility: Undergraduate level scholars whose field of study and professional goals further one of the six areas of focus: peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy and economic and community development.
$3,500 for students attending a learning institution that is located within the geographical boundaries of District 5190, please click here for the approved list.

Deadline: March 1, 2017
Application: Please click on the following links for Scholarship Overview and Application.

The Grand Lodge of California, Sons of Italy Western Foundation
Multiple scholarships available in two Categories

  • Academic awards for high school seniors
  • Italian Language Study Grants in Italy for high school seniors for the summer of 2017

Eligibility: Applicant must be at least partially of Italian descent, must be enrolled in an accredited trade school, college, university, or community college for the fall of 2017, official Transcript from attending high school is needed.
Deadline: March 1, 2017
Questions: Contact organization at (415) 586-1316

Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation Scholarships
Eligibility: Applicant must be pursuing a career in printing technology, printing management or graphic communications; a graduating high school senior or high school graduate; currently have and can maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA of higher.
Value: $1,000-$5,000 per academic year (renewable based on GPA)
Deadline: Submitted by March 1, 2017
Application requirements: Application form, two letters of recommendation, official high school transcripts with SAT/ACT scores included
Application instructions and form:

Marvin Moss PTA Scholarship Application
Eligibility: Current seniors who attended Marvin Moss Elementary School, planning to pursue post-secondary education or training
Value: $500 (four awards available)
Deadline:Received by March 17, 2016
Application materials required: Application form, official transcript, teacher recommendation, community member recommendation

NAHAS Scholarship
Eligibility: Scholarship opportunity for UNR-bound seniors
Value: Two $6,000 scholarships will be awarded ($1,500 per year for four years)
Deadline: March 24, 2017
Application: Please click on the following links for Scholarship Overview, Instructions and Application.

Jessie Beck Natalia Berumen Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating senior, finished sixth grade at Jessie Beck Elementary attending at least 3 years, minimum unweighted GPA 3.0
Value: $500 (2 scholarships will be awarded)
Deadline: RECEIVED via mail by Friday, April 7, 2017
Application materials: Application form, transcript, essay, 2 letters of recommendation

Diabetes Scholars Foundation
Eligibility: Graduating high school senior planning to enroll at an accredited four year university, college, technical or trade school, US citizen or permanent resident, diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, high academic performance, are actively involved in the diabetes community, participate in community and/or extra-curricular activities and who have demonstrated that they are successfully managing the challenges of living with diabetes. Diabetes Scholars Foundation scholarships are not based on financial need.
Value: $1,000-$5,000 (33 scholarships available)
Deadline: April 15, 2017
Application materials: Instructions available here

OverAchievers College Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating senior, attending a post-secondary institution (2- or 4-year college), minimum unweighted GPA 3.5, test score minimum of 1650 SAT (old) / 1100 SAT (new) / 28 ACT, participation in extra-curricular activities both in and outside of school are considered important
Value: $1,000 (12 scholarships will be awarded)
Deadline: April 15, 2017 (submit by mail or email to
Application materials with fillable PDF: Application PDF and Fillable Application.

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.