On Friday Pahrump Valley High School graduated 215 students and of these there were more than 60 honor graduates. For some of the graduates college is now on their mind. In addition to a diploma, some students received some cold hard cash to apply to college through scholarships.
Selecting a college is one thing, but coming up with the money to attend is just as hard as being accepted.
Students willing to do the work to procure money for college were awarded scholarships on May 20. The high school said that $25,000 was given out by local businesses and community organizations and another $870,000 was awarded through the state of Nevada’s Millennium Scholarship program.
According to Elissa Couch, high school guidance counselor, information on the scholarships is sent out in emails to all the students throughout the year. She said it was up to the students to fill out the applications and to do all the work necessary to get the scholarship. Scholarships require students to have a certain GPA, write an essay and even to complete some sort of community service.
The following is a list of various community organizations that gave out scholarships and the recipients.
(This list of the scholarships reported to the PVT is not a complete list; not all the scholarships were able to give names):
Rotary Club presented two in the amount of $500 to Alyna Anderson and Samantha Altiero.
The Jeremy Mendel Memorial Scholarship presented one for $250 to Amber Mattoni.
Ronald McDonald House Charities presented one for $1,500 to Cristian Apolinar.
The Elks Lodge gave out two scholarships for $500 to Samantha Altiero and Tannis Wright.
Desert View Hospital awarded three scholarships from the DVH Foundation Healthcare for Tomorrow Scholarship of $1,000 apiece to Aaron Alcaraz, Elisabeth Anderson and Samantha Altiero.
The Ron and Charlotte Floyd Scholarship gave out one scholarship for $3,000 to Dylan Ault and another scholarship dedicated to the memory of Bruce Floyd for $2,000 was given to Sarah Robbins.
A McKinney–Vento Scholarship was awarded to Sarah Robbins for $2,000.