Project 150, a local nonprofit that provides homeless, displaced and disadvantaged high school students with basic necessities, is hosting its annual scholarship luncheon on June 22 at Palace Station Hotel and Casino.
Project 150 will be awarding in excess of $170,000 in scholarships to 67 Southern Nevada students, in which 45 are first-generation college students. Each scholarship recipient will receive up to $4,000. The money will be used to attend Nevada colleges and universities, including College of Southern Nevada, Nevada State College, UNLV and University of Nevada, Reno.
Scholarship lunch sponsors include EOS Fitness, which donated $50,000. Also, the Gene Haas Foundation, James and Mellissa Holzhauer, and Cosmopolitan Las Vegas each donated $25,000.
Since its creation in 2009, the Project 150 Youth Council scholarship program has awarded more than $800,000 in scholarship money to deserving students.
This year, the scholarship luncheon will be hosted by Kelli Kristo, executive director of Project 150, and Chet Buchanan, radio show creator/host and Project 150 board member. Dr. Jesus Jara, Clark County School District superintendent, is also scheduled to be there to celebrate the scholarship winners.
“I’m proud of the continued work we do to support our students who otherwise might be left out of the education journey. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for these motivated students,” Kristo said. “Our goal is to ensure these students have access to the tools necessary to pursue and complete a postsecondary education.”