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Cassandra Stahlke
Retention Coordinator
Great Basin College
Elko Campus
Phone: 775-753-2180
E-mail: cassandra.stahlke@

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Nevada Promise Scholarship

Nevada Promise is a scholarship and mentoring program which makes college more accessible to students in our state.

Begining in fall 2018, the Promise Scholarship provides last dollar aid to students who have earned a high school diploma or GED during the 2017-18 academic year. Applications are due no later than October 31, 2017. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Apply Now!


  • Established by the Nevada Legislature in 2017, the Nevada Promise Scholarship provides last-dollar financial aid to Nevada students attending any of the state’s four community colleges: College of Southern Nevada, Great Basin College, Truckee Meadows Community College, or Western Nevada College.
  • In order to be considered for an award, interested students must, by established deadlines, complete the Nevada Promise Scholarship application, apply for admission to their college of choice, file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), work with mentors and perform 20 hours of community service.


Students must attend two mandatory trainings. The first training was due by December 31, 2017. The second training must be completed by April 30, 2018. Click below to reserve your spot in one of our upcoming training sessions. The trainings below are on the Elko Campus. If you live out of the area please contact Cassandra Stahlke at 775-753-2286 to be placed in the online training. You can also e-mail Students that live in Elko or Spring Creek are required to attend the live training on campus.


Being provided a mentor is not only a requirement of Nevada Promise Scholarship, but it is a key part of success. No later than December 31, 2017, GBC will assign mentors to assist students with Nevada Promise scholarship requirements, as well as the GBC admissions and financial aid processes.

Sign up to be a mentor now!

Qualities of a Nevada Promise Scholarship Mentor

  • Willing to serve.
  • Eager to help shape Nevada’s future by guiding Nevada’s youth.
  • Ready to share knowledge and expertise.
  • Enthusiastic about working with young people and helping them grow as future professionals.
  • Passionate about their work.
  • Kind and ready to pass it on!

Steps to Become a Mentor

  • Apply online.
  • A criminal history report will be conducted by GBC
    Complete mandatory mentor training no later than December 30, 2017.
  • Placement: mentors will be matched with up to 5 students.
  • Meet with mentees once per semester, starting January 2018.
  • Complete first mentor meeting with all mentees no later than April 30, 2018.

Mentor Commitment

  • Starting Spring 2018, schedule one in-person meeting with your student(s). One in-person meeting needs to occur once per semester.
    • First in-person meeting must take place before April 30, 2018.
    • You can select the location, time (approximately one hour), and date of your meeting.
    • If you mentor more than one student, you can meet as a group.
  • Contact your student(s) once per month via email, text, or call.
    • You will be provided with suggestions about important information to share with your student(s).
  • Commit 3-5 hours per semester.
  • Guide them through the Nevada Promise Scholarship requirements and be a support system (GBC will provide this information and give you all the resources you will need).
    • Remind student(s) of deadlines.
    • Ensure student(s) know when to register for classes.
    • Talk to student(s) about resources offered at GBC.
  • GBC will match you with your students and notify you in early January at the latest.

Your mentor experience will be what you make it. Besides the minimum requirements, you determine how much contact you would like to have with students. We appreciate your willingness to help guide our students and we appreciate any time you can volunteer.


  • Mentors cannot be the employers of their mentees.
  • Mentors cannot be related to their mentees.
  • Mentors cannot be compensated to mentor. GBC employees are eligible to be mentors, but must not receive additional compensation for serving as mentors.
  • Each mentor must be willing to provide all information needed to obtain a criminal history report.
  • Individuals are not eligible to become mentors if they have entered a plea of guilty, guilty but mentally ill or nolo contendere to, been found guilty or guilty but mentally ill, or been convicted of, in this state or any other jurisdiction, of a felony.

Community Service

Nevada Promise requires students to complete 20 hours of community service, no later than April 30, 2018. Please see the list of ideas for community service organizations. Please note that these are suggestions and there are many more organizations where you can volunteer. If you have questions about what is an eligible organization, please e-mail

What Counts as Community Service

Community service is time contributed to a nonprofit or public service organization. The community should be benefitting from the work you do! Community service performed to satisfy the requirements of GBC’s Nevada Promise Scholarship must not include religious proselytizing (recruiting), or service for which the student receives any type of compensation, or which directly benefits a family member.

GBC Promise Scholarship Community Service Form 2017-18

Please click on the link below to submit your community service hours. You will receive a confirmation email within a couple of hours of your submission. Please remember that only hours volunteered with a public service organization and/or non-profit organization will be accepted and all 20 hours must be reported no later than April 30.

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GBC Community Service Form

Attention: If you volunteered at more than one organization, you’ll have to submit a form for each organization.


In order to be eligible for the Nevada Promise Scholarship, a student must:

  • Be classified as a Nevada resident for tuition purposes by the institution where they plan to receive the NV Promise Scholarship.
  • Before the beginning of the fall 2018 semester have earned one of the following during the 2017-2018 academic year:
    • High school diploma from a public or private high school located in Nevada;
    • High school diploma from a public high school in a county of another state that borders Nevada and accepts Nevada residents; or
    • General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or equivalent document.
  • Be less than 20 years of age when initially receiving the scholarship.
  • Not have earned a prior associate or bachelor’s degree.
  • Not be in default on any federal student loan.
  • Not owe a refund to any federal student aid program.
  • Meet all program deadlines, including:
    • Complete the Nevada Promise Application available here no later than 11:59 p.m. on October 31, 2017 for the Fall 2018 award year.
    • Attend at least one training meeting offered by the college no later than December 30, 2017.
    • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than April 1, 2018, and subsequently receive an Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
    • No later than April 30, 2018:
      • Meet at least once with their mentor (assigned by the college);
      • Complete at least 20 hours of eligible community service; and
      • Attend a second training meeting offered by the college.
  • Enroll in a minimum of 12 semester credit hours in an associate degree program, a bachelor's degree program or a certificate of achievement program for each semester of the school year immediately following the school year in which the student graduates from high school.

Appeal Process

GBC is unable to waive or change the statutory requirements set by the Nevada Legislature (SB391). If you believe you have complied with the statutory requirements but your application was denied, you may use the Appeal Form to appeal and provide documentation of why you believe GBC’s decision is incorrect. Appeals submitted without documentation will not be considered. Acceptable documentation is indicated after each appeal reason listed below.

GBC’s Nevada Promise Applicants may appeal for the following reasons:

  • Technical issues with the Nevada Promise Scholarship application process (provide proof of submission)
  • Validation of first mandatory training: Nevada Promise Information Workshop (provide proof of attendance)
  • Validation of attendance to a mentoring session (provide proof of attendance)
  • Validation of second mandatory training: (provide proof of attendance)
  • Submission and/or approval of community service hours (provide proof of submission and/or approval by community service agency)
  • Completion of FAFSA by April 1 (provide proof of FAFSA submission)
  • Submission of required Financial Aid documentation by April 30 (provide proof of submission)

Nevada Promise Scholarship Appeals and required documentation will be reviewed carefully. Once a decision is reached it will be final and binding. The final decision will be communicated to the student who presented the appeal via e-mail within 10 business days or sooner.

Award Amount

  • As a last-dollar scholarship, the Nevada Promise Scholarship covers the cost of the registration fee and mandatory fees (tuition is not charged to residents of Nevada) not covered by other gift aid.
  • Gift aid is defined as a federal Pell Grant, a federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), a Silver State Opportunity Grant (SSOG), or a Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship (GGMS).
  • The Nevada Promise Scholarship can provide for up to three years of coverage of registration fees and other mandatory fees to eligible students not covered by other gift aid, subject to appropriation.

If there are not sufficient funds available for all eligible scholarship applicants, students will be awarded in order of the date the application was received.

Award Renewal

  • At this time, the Nevada Promise Scholarship was funded for only the high school graduating class of 2018. We hope additional funding will be made available by the 2019 Nevada Legislature. Applications will open for renewal, but will be subject to appropriation, which could happen as late as June 2019.
  • Students who plan to apply for a Nevada Promise Scholarship for 2019 should also prepare to meet all program deadlines for a second year.

How to Earn the Nevada Promise Scholarship – A Student Checklist

  1. Complete the Nevada Promise Scholarship Application no later than 11:59 p.m. October 31, 2017.
  2. Attend a training meeting offered by the college no later than December 30, 2017.
  3. Apply for admission at the College you selected on your Nevada Promise Scholarship Application.
  4. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than April 1, 2018.
  5. Meet with your assigned mentor at least once no later than April 30, 2018.
  6. Confirm with your financial aid office that you have met all eligibility requirements to receive the scholarship.
  7. Complete and report at least 20 hours of eligible community service no later than April 30, 2018.
  8. Attend a second training meeting offered by the college no later than April 30, 2018.
  9. Take a placement test, such as ACCUPLACER, ACT or SAT, per the college’s requirements.
  10. Register for at least 12 credits for each semester (Fall and Spring).
  11. Go to college!

Senate Bill 391

Nevada Promise Scholarship is a grant provided by Nevada Senate Bill 391. Read the Full text here.

For More Information Contact

Cassandra Stahlke
Retention Coordinator
Great Basin College
Elko Campus
Phone: 775-753-2180

Why Great Basin College

Great Basin College wants to be your choice for higher education. GBC offers associate and baccalaureate level instruction in career and technical education and academic areas. About 3,800 students are enrolled online from across the country and on campuses and centers across 86,500 square miles, two time zones, and ten of Nevada’s largest counties. We border Arizona, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and California. We are GBC!

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