LAS VEGAS (May 12, 2016) – For the first time ever, The Public Education Foundation will be awarding more than $1 million in a single year through its Scholarship Program to students seeking a post-secondary education. As well as breaking the $1 million ceiling this year, there will be 630 scholarships awarded, the most in the program’s history.
The Foundation will celebrate the achievements and promise of the students receiving these awards on May 18 when it holds its Scholarship Recognition Luncheon, which is being hosted by Sands Cares, at The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino. The invitation-only luncheon starts at 10 a.m, but the media are invited to cover the event.
In just over two decades, the Foundation has awarded more than 5,400 scholarships totaling $10.5 million. The scholarships are based on a variety of criteria such as academic achievement, motivation, planned area of study, diversity, overcoming obstacles and/or financial need.
The scholarships are provided by community leaders, businesses, organizations, individuals and families. The awards range from $500 to $5,000 annually and some are renewable.
The Foundation’s Scholarship Program has witnessed remarkable growth since its first year in 1995, when 19 students received scholarships totaling $16,000.
“We are so proud of the generosity of the donors in our community who are supporting students,” said Judi Steele, President & CEO of The Public Education Foundation. “For many of our students,” Steele adds, “these awards can make a huge impact, enabling them to attend college.”
Major donors include Sands Cares, NV Energy Foundation, Cox Communications, Junior League of Las Vegas, United Way of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas Hospitality Association, Southern Hills Hospital, Pardee Homes and the Southern Nevada International Code Council.
About The Public Education Foundation
The Public Education Foundation works to bring about transformational change in teaching, learning and education leadership. For more information about the Foundation, go to thepef.org. “Like” us on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/ThePublicEducationFoundation. “Follow” us on Twitter: www.Twitter.com/ThePEFOutLoud.