The Public Education Foundation celebrated another record-breaking year of scholarships awarded at its Annual Scholarship Recognition Luncheon on May 4 at the Venetian Resort-Hotel Casino.
This year, 770 scholarships, totaling $1.47 million, will go to 542 Nevada students. The dollar amount marks the largest ever in a single year for The Public Education Foundation, which awarded $1.3 million in scholarships last year.
The Foundation celebrated the achievements of the students and honored the contributions of the donors at Friday’s luncheon, hosted by Sands Cares.
The Foundation’s Scholarship Program has shown tremendous growth since its first year in 1995, when 19 students received scholarships totaling $16,000. In 24 years, the Foundation has awarded more than 6,850 scholarships, totaling more than $13 million.
The scholarships are funded by community leaders, businesses, organizations, individuals and families. They are based on a variety of criteria such as academic achievement, overcoming obstacles, planned area of study and/or financial need. Most of the awards range from $500 to $5,000, and some are renewable.
“It is inspiring to see our community come together and display extraordinary generosity,” said Judi Steele, President & CEO of The Public Education Foundation. “These scholarships can make attending college a dream come true for many of our students. This also represents a significant investment in our homegrown talent that will pay dividends for generations.”
Major donors include Sands Cares, Epicurean Charitable Foundation, NV Energy Foundation, Macy’s, Cox Communications, Assistance League of Las Vegas, United Way of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas Hospitality Association, Southern Hills Hospital, Pardee Homes, Southern Nevada International Code Council, Nevada Contractors Association and JMA Architecture.