Recipient of 2014 Kenny C. Guinn Memorial Scholarship announced

University of Nevada, Reno student Devan Gaddis is the 2014 northern Nevada recipient receiving $4,500

Recipient of 2014 Kenny C. Guinn Memorial Scholarship announced

University of Nevada, Reno student Devan Gaddis is the 2014 northern Nevada recipient receiving $4,500

State Treasurer Kate Marshall and the Board of Trustees of the College Savings Plans of Nevada (Board) announced Tuesday, Sept. 16, the northern Nevada recipient of the 2014 Kenny C. Guinn Memorial Scholarship during an event at the University of Nevada, Reno. This year's recipient is University senior Devan Gaddis who is majoring in elementary education. Guinn family members and University President Marc Johnson were also in attendance.

"The Kenny C. Guinn Memorial Millennium Scholarship continues to be a symbol of the love Kenny had for Nevada and for education," Former First Lady Dema Guinn said. "His life was so deeply impacted by education. Kenny always wanted to share with Nevada students his enthusiasm for learning and to impart the important role it played in his professional and personal development. I know Kenny would be deeply honored and proud of the recipients' achievements."

Gaddis is working toward a degree with emphasis on special education, is a Golden Key and Phi Kappa Phi member, and has been on the Dean’s List since the 2011 spring semester. She plans to stay in Reno and teach middle school math. 

Since it was enacted in 1999, 85,000 Nevada high school students have benefited from the Gov. Guinn Millennium Scholarship, of which 25,000 students have attended the University of Nevada, Reno. In 2011, the Nevada Legislature unanimously approved and Governor Sandoval signed into law Senate Bill 220, establishing the Kenny C. Guinn Memorial Millennium Scholarship. The trust fund is used to bestow additional scholarships each year to two qualified Gov. Guinn Millennium Scholars, one each in northern and southern Nevada, who are majoring in elementary or secondary education with the intent of teaching in Nevada. Each recipient receives up to $4,500 to supplement that student's current GGMS award.

To date, more than $200,000 has been donated in memory of Gov. Guinn, who originated the concept of the Millennium Scholarship program, which was renamed in his honor by the State Legislature in 2005.

For more information about the Gov. Guinn Millennium Scholarship program or the Kenny C. Guinn Memorial Scholarship, including eligible criteria, visit http://www.nevadatreasurer.gov/.  

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