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2015 - 2016 Balloon Race Scholarship Winners

The University Balloon Race Scholarship Committee has been in existence since 1986 and has awarded scholarship funds since the early 1990s.  Scholarships have been distributed each year since 1999. The committee exists solely to raise the money to award two scholarships a year; one to an undergraduate student and one to a graduate student.

The committee is pleased to announce Jamie Wenner as the graduate student recipient and Michael Ausbun as the undergraduate student recipient for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Jamie Wenner is a classical singer, specifically of opera.  She is seeking a master's degree in Music.  She would like to bring classical music to the masses.

Michael Ausbun is seeking a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy.  Michael is involved with the Deans Future Scholars and the Honors Program.  He wants to help as many people as he can.

The University Balloon Race Scholarship Committee would like to congratulate Jamie Wenner and Michael Ausbun for their hard work and encourage everyone to attend the Great Reno Balloon Race at Rancho San Rafael Park on September 11-13, 2015.  For a $5 donation you can receive this year’s University Balloon Race Scholarship pin.  So, don’t forget to stop by and visit the University Balloon Race Scholarship Committee booth at the event.

Past Balloon Race Scholarship Winners


  • Graduate: Jamie Wenner
  • Undergraduate: Michael Asburn


  • Graduate: Miranda Smith
  • Undergraduate: Darrin Mccarthy


  • Graduate: Gregrette Perry
  • Undergraduate: Justin Rashidi


  • Graduate: Perla Petry
  • Undergraduate: Natalia Beltz


  • Graduate: Calen Evans
  • Undergraduate: Heather Barker


  • Graduate: Megan Gibson
  • Undergraduate: Christopher Douglas


  • Graduate: Charles Carpenter
  • Undergraduate: Jarell Green


  • Graduate: Matthew Schottel
  • Undergraduate: Elizabeth Cadigan


  • Graduate: Heather Sanderson
  • Undergraduate: Winifred Scharosch


  • Graduate: Stephanie Spear
  • Undergraduate: Jeff Marshall


  • Graduate: Phillip Parker
  • Undergraduate: Audra Haines


  • Graduate:  Veronica Griffith
  • Undergraduate:  Heidi Sabol

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