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The Rogers Foundation Awards More Than $125,000 in Graduate Fellowship Scholarships


For the first-time ever, The Rogers Foundation provides additional funding to 2016 scholarship recipients to pursue advanced degrees – See video

LAS VEGAS, NV (Jan. 6, 2021) – Southern Nevada's premier champion of arts and education, The Rogers Foundation, is at it again. In addition to the $2 million in scholarships they award annually to deserving CCSD high school seniors, for the first time ever they have awarded an additional $125,000 to seven of the inaugural 2016 scholarship award recipients who have completed their undergraduate studies and are now interested in pursuing advanced degrees. “As we approached having our first graduating class it became apparent that we had an academically-driven group who valued education and wanted to go further, but many did not have the means,” said Michelle Sanders, Executive Vice President and COO of The Rogers Foundation. “We then developed a plan to not only allow those who truly wanted to excel in education, the opportunity do so but also allow our previous recipients the opportunity to apply for The Rogers Foundation Graduate Fellowship during their master’s program and then again if they decided to pursue a doctoral degree.” The impressive group of seven are all young women who are pursuing master’s degrees in a variety of fields including public health, public administration, and engineering at distinguished universities including New York University, University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Reno, Boston University, University of Michigan, and Western Governor’s University. The winners were each personally notified of the award via a special video conference call to capture their surprise and delight.

The Rogers Foundation Graduate Fellowship winners:

Reilly Barth University of Michigan

Gargi Pandey Boston University

Brooklyn Stepro University of Nevada, Reno

Georgina Martinez GCU Grand Canyon

Natasha Waters New York University

Kaylee O'Donnell University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Isabel Mendez Western Governor’s University

“Our goal from the onset was to be a bridge to higher education for these students,” said Sanders. “We started them on the bridge and now this program allows us to see them through to the other side.”

The scholarship application period is still underway for 2021 CCSD high school seniors. The Rogers Foundation will again award more than $2 million in college scholarships. Those who are those interested in the scholarship opportunities are urged to discover the minimum eligibility requirements and apply directly online via The Rogers Foundation's website at to meet the Feb. 8 deadline. While applicants are required to complete the SAT or ACT, there is no minimum score requirement.

The Rogers Foundation offers two different scholarship programs – Rogers Achievers Scholarships and Kentucky Wesleyan Rogers’ Fellows Scholarships. A total of 11 Rogers Achievers Scholarships will be given away, ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 per year for four years, and the money is valid toward educational costs at any college or university in the United States. Additionally, The Rogers Foundation is giving out a minimum of 10 full-ride Kentucky Wesleyan Rogers’ Fellows Scholarships to attend Kentucky Wesleyan College, an institution many of Jim Rogers' family members attended which also features one of the top arts programs in the area.

The Rogers Foundation is one of the largest privately funded charitable foundations in Nevada. Its mission is to transform the lives of children and young adults through art and education. To date, the foundation has given more than $91 million dollars to children and programs that support them.

Founded in 2013 by Jim and Beverly Rogers The Rogers Foundation was established to become a single channel through which charitable efforts will be made to honor the legacy of Jim Rogers. Among the hundreds of gifts bestowed upon educational entities, those made to the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas stand out as one of the largest gifts in the university’ history.

For more information about The Rogers Foundation, visit


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