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2013 - 2014 Balloon Race Scholarship Winners

Gregette and RashidiThe University Balloon Race Scholarship Committee has been in existence since 1986 and has awarded scholarship funds since the early 1990s. Two-thousand dollars ($2,000) in scholarships has 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 Gregrette Perry as the graduate student recipient and Justin Rashidi as the undergraduate student recipient for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Gregrette Perry has volunteered for the ASCENT program to mentor high school seniors and Sisters On The Move. She is also involved in university programs such as the TRIO scholars program and the Dean’s Future Scholars Program. She has a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Addiction Treatment Services and is seeking a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She would like to pursue a career to create opportunities and support systems for first-generation, underrepresented students upon graduation.

Justin Rashidi has volunteered for Big Brothers Big Sisters and is a tutor at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is seeking a bachelor’s degree in Spanish. Justin is the Founder and President of Reno Saints that promotes student involvement in the community and holds fundraisers for various organizations in Northern Nevada.

The University Balloon Race Scholarship Committee would like to congratulate Gregrette Perry and Justin Rashidi for their hard work and encourage everyone to attend the Great Reno Balloon Race at Rancho San Rafael Park on September 6-8, 2013. 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.

Past Balloon Race Scholarship Winners


  • 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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