The University Balloon Race Scholarship Committee has been in existence since 1986 and has awarded scholarship funds since the early 1990s. Two thousand dollars 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 announced in July scholarship recipients for the 2011-2012 academic year: Calen Evans as the graduate student recipient and Heather Barker as the undergraduate student.
Calen Evans taught swim lessons, ran summer camps and worked with youth basketball leagues. He is seeking a master’s degree in elementary education and would like to pursue a career as an elementary school counselor upon graduation.
Heather Barker volunteered for the Committee to Aid Abused Women, Food Bank of Northern Nevada, Reno Police Department and Washoe County Detention Facility. She is seeking a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Upon graduation she would like to attend law school and pursue a career as a prosecutor or police officer.
The University Balloon Race Scholarship Committee encourages everyone to attend the Great Reno Balloon Races at Rancho San Rafael Park on Sept. 9-11. For a $5 donation you can receive this year’s University Balloon Race Scholarship pin, which can be obtained at the University Balloon Race Scholarship Committee booth.