But not just any kids. Kids right in our own communities—neighbors, classmates, sisters, brothers and best friends. After all, these children go on to shape our future, and they deserve to know their city rallies behind them during their greatest time of need.
The Ralph and Betty Engelstad Scholarship Program believes children are our future as well and the program exists to give local students the opportunity to hone their talents and leadership skills while providing access to a college education to students with a financial need.
In November 2009, the Engelstad Family Foundation bestowed UNLV with $12.625 million to create the program that awards its recipients with $2,500 per semester for up to 4 years as long as eligibility is maintained. Part of that eligibility includes completing 100 hours of community service per academic year at the approved non-profit organization of their choice.
This is where two champions of the community come together. Meet Taylor. She became part of the program in January 2017, and matched with Make-A-Wish as her non-profit organization. A prior volunteer, Taylor remained drawn to our mission and the opportunity to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Learn more about her story and time with us in the video below.
Taylor especially enjoyed our annual Walk For Wishes fundraising event. Witnessing the community come together to support Make-A-Wish and the kids we serve has been a highlight of her experience so far, and she is excited to be part of our upcoming walk in March!
Taylor returns to Make-A-Wish for her third semester in January as part of the Special Events team. She will be joining our second Engelstad Scholar, Sara Perrone, as she begins her Medical Outreach internship semester.
Make-A-Wish is grateful for students, like Taylor, whose heart for the community shines as bright as any star!