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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 10, 2011

University of Nevada, Reno student selected as inaugural recipient of Kenny C. Guinn Memorial Millennium Scholarship

Ceremony announcing choice held at University of Nevada, Reno

Carson City, Nev. State Treasurer Kate Marshall and the Board of Trustees of the College Savings Plan of Nevada (Board) announced today that University of Nevada, Reno senior Bridget Maestretti has been selected as the recipient of the first annual Kenny C. Guinn Memorial Millennium Scholarship.  The announcement was made during a news conference at the University of Nevada, Reno. Former First Lady Dema Guinn and other Guinn family members were in attendance.

Guinn Memorial Scholarship

Kate Marshall, Dema Guinn, Senator Raggio, Bridget Maestretti, Kelly and Lane Maestretti and Steve Guinn. Photo by Theresa Danna-Douglas

Maestretti, who graduated from Douglas High School in Minden 2008, was chosen from a distinguished field of four finalists, with the other three being Emily Hopson (UNLV), Michael Murphy (UNR), and Randee Oh (UNLV).  In her essay, Maestretti, who currently has a 3.9 GPA, stated, “There is no greater feeling than helping a struggling student grasp a concept that will help them move forward and feel success.”  Maestretti plans on becoming a math teacher in Nevada.

Marshall, Chair of the Nevada College Savings Board, said that Maestretti’s choice over the other finalists was a tough decision for the Board as all had outstanding backgrounds and all have definite plans to help Nevada students in the future.  “All of these students are a credit to our State.  Each stated a strong desire to remain in Nevada after graduation so they can help other students reach their dream of obtaining a college education.”

Former First Lady Dema Guinn said, “Kenny would have been extremely pleased with all the finalists.  The family is very grateful to those who made this prestigious award in honor of my husband possible; those who donated in Kenny’s honor and those who made the Kenny C. Guinn Memorial Millennium Scholarship come to fruition. We sincerely hope that the continuing generosity of so many people who are just as dedicated to Nevada’s educational future as was my late husband will keep this award alive for many, many years.”  

Senate Bill 220, sponsored by Sen. Ben Kieckhefer, was unanimously passed by both houses of the 2011 Legislature and signed by Gov. Brian Sandoval on April 27, 2011.  SB220 created a scholarship fund from donations received by the Treasurer’s Office after the tragic death in July 2010 of former Governor Kenny C. Guinn.  To date, nearly $130,000 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.

SB220 provides for one scholarship of up to $4,500 to be bestowed upon one qualified Gov. Guinn Millennium Scholarship (GGMS) student each year to supplement that student’s current GGMS award.  Qualifications include:

  • Must be an eligible Millennium Scholar with no strikes against his/her scholarship at the time of application;
  • Must be entering his/her senior or last year of college with 90 or more credits at an eligible institution (UNR, UNLV, Great Basin College, Nevada State College, or Sierra Nevada College);
  • Be enrolled in and remain enrolled in a course of study leading to licensure in elementary or secondary education;
  • Maintain a college grade point average of not less than 3.5 on a 4.0 grading scale;
  • State a commitment to teaching in Nevada upon graduation; and
  • Have a commendable record of community service.

 Aside from three letters of recommendation, applicants must complete a short essay describing what receiving the Kenny C. Guinn Memorial Millennium Scholarship would mean to them personally and how the recipient would use their education degree to benefit the people of Nevada.  

All applications which met the eligibility criteria were provided to an independent review committee, which forwarded its choices to the Nevada College Savings Board for the final selection. 

People and/or businesses wishing to make a tax-deductible donation to the Kenny C. Guinn Memorial Millennium Scholarship Fund may send checks to:

State Treasurer’s Office
101 N. Carson Street, Ste. 4
Carson City, NV 89701

For more information on the Gov. Guinn Millennium Scholarship program or the Kenny C. Guinn Memorial Millennium Scholarship, please go to https://NevadaTreasurer.gov or contact the GGMS office at MillenniumScholars@nevadatreasurer.gov.  

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Steve George
Chief of Staff
Nevada State Treasurer’s Office
sggeorge@nevadatreasurer.gov
775-684-5666
Cell 775-230-3302

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