In addition to financial benefits, recipients of the Nevada Promise scholarship also receive valuable mentoring and community service experience
LAS VEGAS, Nov. 8, 2017 – Thanks to a new state-funded scholarship, this year’s high school seniors could attend college next year without paying any tuition or fees, while also benefiting from unique community service and mentoring experiences.
The Nevada Promise Scholarship pays all mandatory tuition and fees at a community college that are not covered by other forms of financial aid for those who are eligible. Mentoring and community service components are designed to help guide the students through their academic and professional careers.
“We know that students who benefit from having a mentor while in college are more likely to stay and earn their degrees,” said CSN President Michael Richards. “Likewise, those who volunteer in their communities are more likely to stay in those communities. The Nevada Promise Scholarship program will not only help the next generation of college students obtain a valuable education, it will also help make our community a better place to live.”
In addition to CSN President Richards, Clark County School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky, state Sen. Joyce Woodhouse, state Sen. Tick Segerblom, state Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson, North Las Vegas City Councilman Scott Black, Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates Executive Director Rene Cantu and City of Las Vegas Director of Youth and Social Innovation Dr. Lisa Morris Hibbler are scheduled to attend and help celebrate the initial success of the program at 10 a.m. Nov. 15 on the campus of Cheyenne High School.
In all, CSN received 9,157 applications for the scholarship from 105 high schools across Nevada. The response has been so positive that it has created a greater-than-ever need for mentors. In addition to completing and documenting volunteer community service, scholarship recipients are provided with a mentor with whom they are required to meet during their schooling. The aim is to help keep students on track as they navigate their way through an unfamiliar world.
For more information and to apply to become a mentor, visit www.csn.edu/mentor-application.
What: Nevada Promise Scholarship Event
When: 10 a.m. Nov. 15
Where: Cheyenne High School, 3200 West Alexander Road, North Las Vegas
Who: CSN, CCSD and elected officials