Support the Cisko Sound Scholarship

The Cisko Sound Scholarship provides support to local students pursuing their college and career dreams. Las Vegas Academy (LVA) college-bound seniors studying theater tech or sound tech at LVA with a 3.0 GPA or higher are eligible to apply for a $1,000 scholarship, renewable for 4 years.

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About the Cisko Sound Scholarship

Jeff Civillico created the “Cisko Sound Scholarship” in honor of his longtime Vegas audio engineer and friend Craig Palcisko as a way of honoring Craig’s spirit, humor, and humble nature. Craig had a passion for sound and tech, which he put to good use during thousands of shows at the Imperial Quad Linq Palace (now the Linq) and hundreds of corporate events across the country. After Craig passed in 2018, the Cisko Sound Scholarship was established to support students who have the same passion for sound and match Craig’s incredible spirit.

Meet the Recipients

Eugene Melmani
2023 Scholarship Recipient

“Thank you endlessly, Mr. Civillico, for choosing to sponsor me and my education! It truly means the world to me. College, unfortunately, is not something that is financially easy to cover, especially in such a niche program such as my own. I want nothing more than to work in sound, and Columbia College Chicago’s Acoustics program is the perfect fit for me. Being able to study what I am most passionate about, while also being in the heart of a city so dedicated to keeping the arts alive and appreciated… It’s a dream come true. This award will truly help me so much in my career in sound and I am immensely grateful. Thank you.”

Nadya Salloum
2022 Scholarship Recipient

“Since receiving the Cisko Sound Scholarship, I have attended the Fashion Institute of Technology as a Fashion Business Management major. In my short time here, I’ve already worked as an intern and have been able to take advantage of the various opportunities the school has to offer. I’m also continuing to work as a technician for the FIT Theatre Club and want to take some classes related to video production to further my knowledge. I’m appreciative of the possibilities that were made available to me as a result of being granted this scholarship.”

Bella Whitmarsh
2021 Scholarship Recipient

“I want to thank you endlessly for this award and opportunity. Moving out of state this upcoming fall for school is a concept that fills me with joy, but also concern over the unknown at this experience can bring. However, this scholarship eases some of my financial anxiety that me and my family have been faced with. I’m studying animation and technical theater in school and it’s something I’m extraordinarily excited about, so thank you so much for aiding me to make that a reality!”

Support the Cisko Sound Scholarship

The Public Education Foundation offers hundreds of scholarship opportunities to high school seniors and college-enrolled students through the Scholarships Plus program. Since 1995, PEF has been the partner of choice for companies and organizations that want to support our students. Scholarship funds are distributed directly to the recipient’s school to ensure accountability for donors. 

You can support the Cisko Sound Scholarship and our local students with your donation!

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