James C. Nelson Memorial Scholarship

Boulder City High School, Clark County, Nevada, graduating seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0 may apply for this scholarship. Applicants must plan to attend full-time at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university. One scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded.

Verification of college enrollment (e.g. a class schedule or an enrollment certificate) will be required during the summer before the funds are sent to the college or university. Scholarship funds must be applied toward tuition, fees and other appropriate educational purposes. These funds will be disbursed in equal payments over two semesters or three quarters, depending on the academic calendar.

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Supplemental Questions
  1. Applicant Information
    • Name of college or university you are planning to attend after high school.
    • Please provide a copy of your letter of admission to a college or university, if available.
    • Please upload a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher, administrator or counselor.
    • Please upload a second letter of recommendation from any person other than a peer or relative.
    • Please upload your most current transcript (unofficial).
    • Please upload your resumé.
  2. Long Essay (350 words) - Choose One
    • American social reformer, abolitionist, writer and statesman Frederick Douglass said, “Some know the value of education by having it. I knew its value by not having it.” Explain ways in which your background, educational experience, and opportunities have directly influenced you and your ability to do good in the world. What specific moments of growth, lessons learned and resilience in your life have prepared you to promote positive change?
    • Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side.
    • In her November 2019 TED Talk, “The Danger of a Single Story,” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi warned viewers against assigning people a “single story” through assumptions about their nationality, appearance, or background. Discuss a time when someone defined you by a single story. What challenges did this present and how did you overcome them?
    • Many of us have at least one issue or passion that we care deeply about – a topic on which we would love to share our opinions and insights in hopes of sparking intense interest and continued conversation. If you had ten minutes and the attention of a million people, what would your talk be about?
    • Pick one woman — a historical figure, a fictitious character, or a modern individual — with whom you’d like to converse for an hour and explain your choice. Why does this person intrigue you? What would you talk about? What questions would you ask her?
    • “It’s not easy being green...” was the frequent refrain of Kermit the Frog. How has difference been a part of your life, and how have you embraced it as part of your identity and outlook?
  3. Short Answers (100 words for each response) - Choose Two
    • Despite their origins in the Gupta Empire of India or Ancient Egypt, games like chess or bowling remain widely enjoyed today. What modern game do you believe will withstand the test of time, and why?
    • If we visited your town, what would you want to show us?
    • Share one of your quirky personal, family or community traditions and why you hold on to it.
    • What strength or quality do you have that most people might not see or recognize?
    • What three (3) words best describe you and why?
    • “Vlog,” “Labradoodle,” and “Fauxmage.” Language is filled with portmanteaus. Create a new portmanteau and explain why those two things are a “patch” (perfect match).