LAS VEGAS – Project 150, a local nonprofit that provides homeless, displaced and disadvantaged high school students with basic necessities, is celebrating local high school graduates and their quest to continue their education at its annual scholarship luncheon on June 23 at Santa Fe Station Hotel & Casino Conference Center.
Project 150 will be awarding in excess of $125,000 in scholarships to 50 deserving Southern Nevada students served by the homegrown local nonprofit. The students will use the money to attend Nevada colleges, universities or accredited vocational training institutes. Since its creation in 2009, the Project 150 Youth Council scholarship program has awarded over $500,000 in scholarship money to disadvantaged students.
This year, the scholarship luncheon’s presenting sponsors are Centennial Toyota and United Way of Southern Nevada.
“It’s been a tough year, especially for students, and we love knowing that we’re able to help these hard-working students overcome life’s obstacles and continue their education,” said Kelli Kristo, Project 150 executive director. “I’m proud of the continued work we do to support our students who otherwise might be left out of the education journey. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for these motivated students.”
Without the scholarships and commitment from the Youth Council for the past 12 years, many scholarship recipients would not be able to pursue their higher education goals. Each scholarship recipient will receive up to $5,000.
About Project 150
Project 150 is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization, founded in December 2011 by local businessmen Don Purdue and Patrick Spargur. The two heard about 150 homeless high school students at Rancho High School in Las Vegas who were in need of support over the Christmas break. Since that time, Project 150 has expanded and now serves more than 5,900 registered and non-registered homeless, displaced and disadvantaged high-school students in more than 63 high schools in Southern Nevada. Project 150 provides these students with food, clothing, school supplies, sports equipment, shoes, college scholarships, workforce readiness, and other needs so they can continue school and be successful in life. Visit Project 150 at www.project150.org.