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Philip J. Cohen Scholars Program

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Philip J. Cohen Scholars Program

About the Program

The Philip J. Cohen Scholars Program was created to provide financial support to deserving UNLV students who may have not otherwise received a scholarship based upon traditional need or merit requirements.

Made possible through the generosity of Mr. Philip J. Cohen, a Las Vegas gaming and real estate executive who passed away in 2010, this program aims to:

  • Provide tuition support for deserving students who, despite adversity, have committed to their education in order to better themselves and their community;
  • Encourage Nevada’s students to remain in the community after graduation and inspire them through Mr. Cohen’s legacy to become active leaders.

Mr. Cohen believed that money should never prohibit a qualified student from attending a quality university. His generous gift will fund more than 40 scholarships each year. The intent of the scholarship is to fund each student recipient’s in-state tuition costs, approximating $6,000 annually.

Recipients of this scholarship will be collectively known as the Philip J. Cohen Scholars. This special cohort of UNLV students will meet together regularly with program coordinators to share the joys and challenges of pursuing their degrees.

Student applicants must meet the following two basic criteria:

  1. Must be formally admitted to UNLV and must be enrolled full time at the undergraduate level;
  2. Incoming freshmen must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or higher; returning students must have a 2.75 cumulative GPA or higher.

The Philip J. Cohen scholarship is automatically renewable each academic year, pending funding availability, for up to 130 attempted credits to students who maintain:

  1. 2.75 cumulative GPA each semester;
  2. Successful completion of 12 credit hours each semester;
  3. Consecutive enrollment in fall and spring terms;
  4. The Office of Financial Aid's Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.

Philip J. Cohen Scholarship eligibility will be terminated for students that fail to meet renewal criteria for any term (fall and spring). Students may submit a Scholarship Appeal to the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office, with documentation of any extenuating circumstances to be considered.

The Cohen Scholarship is contingent upon funding, and you need to check this page for updates.

For the 2019-2020 academic year:

  • The application system opens on November 15, 2018.
  • The application website will close on January 5, 2019.

Applications will be reviewed during the spring semester.

Awards will be determined before the conclusion of Spring 2019 semester, and all applicants will be notified through MyUNLV. Recipients of the scholarship will receive additional communication via USPS mail.

You are encouraged to check back in September 2020 to learn about the process and schedule for the 2020-2021 academic year.

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