A Great Basin College student has been selected to receive the 2016 Kenny C. Guinn Memorial Scholarship.
Senior Jessica Johnston is currently pursuing her degree in agriculture education at the school in Elko. She is a 2013 graduate of Smith Valley High School in Lyon County.
The announcement was made during a ceremony held Monday at the college, with state staff and Great Basin's president and vice president in attendance.
Each year, two $4,500 scholarships are given to two recipients, one in Northern Nevada and one in Southern Nevada. Among the requirements for the scholarship applicants, they must be pursuing a degree in education with the intention to teach in Nevada upon graduation and have a commendable record of academic and community service.
Senate Bill 220 establishing the Kenny C. Guinn Memorial Millennium Scholarship Award was unanimously passed by both houses of the 2011 Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Brian Sandoval.
SB 220 created a scholarship fund from donations received by the Treasurer’s office after the death in July 2010 of former Gov. Kenny C. Guinn. To date, more than $211,000 has been received by the fund.
People and/or businesses wishing to make a tax-deductible donation to the Kenny C. Guinn Memorial Scholarship Fund may send checks to: State Treasurer’s Office, 101 N. Carson Street, Carson City, NV 89701.