Thousands of applications show the need for the last-dollar scholarship program
LAS VEGAS, Nov. 15, 2017 – Dignitaries from across Nevada were joined by high school students Wednesday to celebrate the initial success of a much-heralded new scholarship program.
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 of the program are designed to help guide the students through their academic and professional careers.
“This program is truly a game-changer for thousands of Nevada’s college students who may not have been able to afford a post-secondary education otherwise,” said CSN President Michael Richards.
In addition to CSN President Richards, Clark County School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky, state Sen. Joyce Woodhouse, state Sen. Becky Harris, North Las Vegas City Councilman Scott Black, City of Las Vegas Director of Youth and Social Innovation Dr. Lisa Morris Hibbler and representatives from Gov. Brian Sandoval’s office touted the scholarship during a celebration event at Cheyenne High School in North Las Vegas.
CSN received 9,157 applications for the scholarship, so many 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.
CSN is currently recruiting an estimated 1,500 mentors. For more information and to apply to become a mentor, visit www.csn.edu/mentor-application.