More than 100 Western Nevada College students are finding paying for college a little easier this year. Dozens of local individuals, businesses and community organizations throughout the region are the reason why.
Through the Western Nevada College Foundation, dozens of generous local donors are providing students with the means to transform their lives through education.
To honor and celebrate scholarship donations in excess of $160,000 to more than 100 students, the Western Nevada College Foundation hosted its 15th Annual Scholarship Appreciation & Recognition Reception on Friday, Nov. 14, at the Carson Nugget Ballroom.
â€œFor 15 years, the Western Nevada College Foundation has been transforming lives and enhancing the educational journey through our Foundation Scholarship program,â€ said Katie Leao, WNC Director of Development. â€œThrough our generous community donors, the scholarship program provides financial support for 100-plus students each semester. Our donors remain loyal supporters of the college and are committed to the advancement of education at Western.â€
Attendees heard from student speakers who detailed what the scholarships mean to them, and from donors such as Melanie Wiltfong of the Great Basin Chapter of American Association of Critical Care Nurses, as they make a difference in studentsâ€™ lives and futures.
Barbara Noland of the Carson Tahoe Regional Healthcare Auxiliary said it is gratifying to meet the nursing students who received the groupâ€™s Ursula Daines Memorial Scholarship.
â€œThe Auxiliary group of Carson Tahoe attends the reception each year and we are always impressed with the students who receive our scholarship,â€ Noland said. â€œWe love to know that the time we put in raising funds for the scholarship go to nursing students that appreciate the financial support.â€
Speakers included WNC President Chet Burton and Foundation Chair Sean Davison.
Anyone can help transform the lives of students through a tax-deductible gift to Western Nevada Collegeâ€™s Scholarship Fund, Leao said. More than 2,600 students applied for college financial aid this year.
Individuals can make an online gift at www.wnc.edu/foundation or by calling Leao at 775-445-3239.