The Regents' Scholar Award is given annually to an undergraduate student from each university, state college and community college and to a graduate student at each of the universities within the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE). The awards are given as follows:

  • Community colleges - one student per institution
  • State college - one student per institution
  • Universities - one undergraduate and one graduate student per institution

Awards are to be based upon distinguished academic accomplishments, leadership ability and service contributions while a registered student, as well as for the recipient's potential for continued success. The selection process shall be managed on each campus through an institutional selection committee (CSN's Internal Recognition Committee). In general committee selections must adhere to the following eligibility criteria and nomination process:

A. Eligibility
i. Nominees must be enrolled in no fewer than 9 undergraduate credits in the semester in which they are nominated.
ii. Community college nominees must have completed no fewer than 30 credit hours at the community college level by the time the award is granted.
iii. Leadership and service accomplishments must have occurred while the nominee is a registered NSHE student.
iv. Nominations must be submitted by an academic or administrative faculty member.

B. Nominations. Notification is sent annually by the chancellor's office to each NSHE campus to being the nomination process in late August/early September. Each nomination must contain the following information only:
i. Formal letter of nomination from a NSHE employee or student that demonstrates the nominees' academic and leadership abilities;
ii. NSHE Regents' Scholar Nomination Form and
iii. Other supplemental materials as determined by the institution.

Regents' Scholar Nomination Package Example

Regents' guidance - , NSHE Policy and Guidance Regents' AwardsNSHE Regents' Awards BOR Policy

C. Nominations must be sent via email to the award coordinator by the due date no later than Monday, September 24th, 5 p.m. If you choose to store your nomination and supplemental materials on a disc.

D. Committee Review. The CSN Internal Recognition Committee scores all submitted material based on this Rubric Regents' Scholar Award which follows the criteria above from NSHE. The committee can only give each nominee a score based on what is submitted. To be competitive, please follow the guidelines carefully and provide specifics and details where necessary. Generalities and brief descriptions of contributions are not sufficient. Since this award is prestigious and competitive, the nominee should be collaborative and significantly involved in the process of putting together the materials. The nominee should make sure that all information is accurate and inclusive. Don't leave anything out. Don't be modest. Put your best foot forward to make sure when you are nominated it is an outstanding representation of your worthiness for this award.

Please submit your nomination materials in the order outlined above.

After the CSN Internal Recognition Committee has reviewed the nominations, recommendations are sent to the Vice President of Academic Affairs, who will then submit a CSN nominee for this award to NSHE. Once you are selected to represent CSN, these materials are then sent to NSHE where you compete against the selections from other NSHE colleges/universities. A NSHE selection committee will review all system nominations and makes the final decision during the spring semester.

E. Final Approval. The recommendation of the selection committee shall be presented to the Academic, Research and Student Affairs Committee for final approval.

F. Award Amount: $5,000