$4 million in scholarship funds available for current high school seniors and college-enrolled students

Las Vegas (January 18, 2022) – The Public Education Foundation (PEF) is encouraging all high school seniors and college-enrolled students to submit their applications for more than 900 scholarships available through the Scholarships Plus program.

“Thanks to the generosity of countless donors throughout our community, we anticipate awarding a record $4 million in scholarship funds this year,” shared Rich Broome, CEO of the Public Education Foundation. “Many of our donors offer more than one scholarship, so students are able to apply for over 900 scholarships to support their educational goals.”

PEF’s Scholarships Plus program helps high school seniors and college-enrolled students pursue their dreams of attending college or vocational school. PEF scholarships offer students stronger chances of receiving funds as many opportunities are only available to local students. In addition, the eligibility requirements for scholarships move beyond grades and financial need. Students can be awarded scholarships for their participation in school clubs and after-school activities, chosen major or career field and life experiences. 

“As a formerly homeless child growing up, I never thought that I would be able to pursue my educational goals,” shared Noah Ahmed, a PEF scholarship recipient and Northwest Career and Technical Academy graduate. “The grace you have shown by helping me pay for my college expenses allows me to truly dig into what I love and enrich myself so that, one day, I will be in a position to pay it forward and help other children in need.” 

Funds can be used to cover the costs of two-year and four-year programs, with scholarships available ranging from $250 to $20,000 per year. Many scholarships are renewable for the length of the student’s program. To date, PEF has awarded approximately $22 million in scholarships to more than 7,100 students.

“We’d love for our students to go out, conquer, get the education that they want, and then come back and serve our community,” said Tamar Hoapili, community relations manager for Cox Communications, which provides multiple scholarships in partnership with community organizations. “The challenges that they’ve overcome to finish school, to get into colleges, to get these scholarships, it’s amazing. It just gives me goosebumps.”

Students can explore scholarship opportunities, access application resources and submit their applications through January 31 at thepef.org/apply-for-scholarships