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University to sign 21 scholars at Nevada Scholars Signing Days events this week



Several of the highest-achieving students who will graduate from northern and southern Nevada high schools this spring are choosing to attend the University of Nevada, Reno. The University is partnering with area high schools in ceremonies reminiscent of high school athletes’ “signing days” to acknowledge the decision of these “best and brightest” scholars to pursue their college degree in Nevada.

The fourth annual signing-day ceremonies kicked-off today with events at Carson and Douglas High Schools. One National Merit Scholarship Finalist and five Presidential Scholars were recognized in the signing-day ceremony at Carson High in Carson City and one National Merit Scholarship Finalist and three Presidential Scholars were recognized at the Douglas High ceremony later in the morning in Minden. These 10 scholars will be joined by many more who will “sign” from various Washoe, Churchill, Lyon and Clark County schools over the next couple of weeks.

University President Marc Johnson will be on hand at many of the events to congratulate and welcome the scholars who will enter the University in the fall.

WHAT: Fourth annual “Nevada Scholars Signing Day” ceremonies recognizing several Nevada schools’ high-achieving 2012 graduates who will attend the University of Nevada, Reno.


  • High School National Merit Scholarship Finalists and Presidential Scholars
  • High School Principals, teachers, counselors and staff
  • Scholars’ family and friends
  • University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson, Provost Heather Hardy or Vice Provost, Undergraduate Education Joe Cline, University deans and other University officials


  • Reno High School: 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, May 22, Library, 395 Booth St., Reno
  • Las Vegas Schools: 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 23, Onyx Room, Dragon Ridge Country Club, 552 South Stephanie Street Henderson, Nev.
  • McQueen High: 12:15 p.m., Tuesday, May 29, Gymnasium, 6055 Lancer Street, Reno
  • Wooster High: 3 p.m., Tuesday, May 29, Career Center, 1331 E. Plumb Lane, Reno
  • Bishop Manogue Catholic High School: 1:15 p.m., Wednesday, May 30, Chapel, 110 Bishop Manogue Drive, Reno
  • Churchill County High School: 12:45 p.m., Thursday, May 31, Gymnasium, 1222 South Taylor St., Fallon, Nev.
  • Silver Stage High School: 2:30 p.m., Thursday, May 31, Gymnasium, 3755 West Spruce St., Silver Springs, Nev.

BACKGROUND: The University of Nevada, Reno was officially notified of its sponsorship status by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation three years ago. Scholarships awarded through National Merit programs are regarded as some of the highest academic honors attainable by U.S. high school students. The University’s student body recently included 46 National Merit Scholars, the largest number ever enrolled at Nevada, and this fall anticipates welcoming another 15. National Merit Scholars receive a $15,000 annual scholarship and Presidential Scholars receive a $5,000 annual scholarship funded through the University’s scholarship and aid budget.

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