The Public Education Foundation (PEF) is pleased to announce a partnership with MGM Resorts International, which has contributed $250,000 to fund three major scholarships to honor the Vegas Strong spirit. The scholarships, which will be offered through the PEF, are:

  • Vegas Strong Compassion Scholarship: This fund will provide scholarships to children who are survivors of the 58 people who lost their lives during the tragic events of October 1, 2017.
  • Vegas Strong First Responders’ Dependent Scholarship: This scholarship is open to college-bound high school seniors in Nevada who are dependents of a first responder in any field such as police, fire, healthcare, nonprofit or government disaster relief.
  • Vegas Strong Future First Responders’ Scholarship: This scholarship is open to high school seniors who are pursuing post-secondary education to become a first responder in policing, firefighting, healthcare, nonprofit or government disaster relief.

“Being able to show the first responders of our community how much we appreciate everything they do and honor their selflessness through these scholarships is truly a dream come true.” said Judi Steele, President & CEO of The Public Education Foundation.

Jim Murren, MGM Resorts Chairman & CEO, said, “The strength and courage exhibited one year ago will forever be remembered, and we remain committed to supporting the victims, their families and first responders as everyone continues to mourn and heal. Through this contribution, we hope to honor those impacted by this tragedy by promoting a brighter future for their loved ones and our community.”

These scholarships will be offered through The Public Education Foundation to honor those impacted by 1 October and recognize the vital role first responders play in safeguarding the Las Vegas community. The PEF has awarded in excess of $13.3 million in scholarships since 1995.


CONTACT: Michael Gordon

The Public Education Foundation

702-799-1042 (W) – 702-419-4650 (C)