Pat, Personally

Monday, December 11, 2017

Nevada Promise Scholarship

It is the holiday season and people are excited about the flurry of activities and upcoming time with family. I want to tell you about something else that I am really excited about.

One of our partners in education, the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) just announced details about the Nevada Promise Scholarship that was created during the 2017 Nevada Legislative session.

By now, you may be asking “What is the Promise Scholarship?”

An abundance of information about the program is available at The scholarship provides coverage of tuition and other mandatory fees not met by federal or state aid for up to three years. There are no income or high school GPA requirements, and it is open to all Nevada high school seniors graduating in 2018 who will begin classes at CSN in the fall of 2018.

This program is designed to increase the number of students who attend college. This scholarship incorporates service learning and assigns a mentor to recent Nevada high school graduates entering a community college in the semester after graduation.

As CSN begins to implement this program, they are issuing a call to the community for 1,500 volunteers to serve as mentors to these students. Think about it… this is an opportunity for each of you to give back to the community by continuing to help our young adults with just a few hours of your time.

As the superintendent of the Clark County School District, I have the opportunity to see our children in kindergarten through high school learn and grow as they prepare to become the future leaders of our community. Through this program, I look forward to having the opportunity to mentor one of these outstanding young adults and help them prepare for a bright future beyond their K-12 education.

I have volunteered and would like you to consider becoming a volunteer as well. The success of our community depends on our emerging leaders, whether they are attending CCSD or CSN.