LAS VEGAS, July 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Wynn Las Vegas announces the inaugural recipients of the newly created Wynn Scholarship Fund, which in total awarded $75,000 in academic scholarships to 10 employees and children of employees. Conceived and implemented by Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox, the program is part of an ongoing commitment to creating growth opportunities for employees and their families.
"We are dedicated to enhancing our employee benefits program and creating opportunities for our employees and their families to thrive," said Maddox. "The Wynn Scholarship Fund furthers our longstanding support of pursuing higher education. I commend our first group of recipients as they move even closer to achieving their academic goals."
Overseen by the Wynn Employee Foundation, the Wynn Scholarship Fund received more than 100 applications in its first year from employees and their dependents. An independent selection committee awarded the following recipients up to $7,500 per academic year for up to four years (maximum $30,000 student):
- Carolyn Acosta, daughter of employee Maria Acosta
- Ana Aguilar, Cook at Jardin
- Gabriela Cuicas, daughter of employee Gema Salazar
- Scott Dao, Table Games Dealer
- Gabrielle Fernandez, daughter of employee Sherry Fernandez
- Chelsea Galvez, daughter of employee Ana Zaragoza
- Brooke Holmes, Server at Jardin
- Michelle O'Connell, Cocktail Server
- Laurren Takahata, daughter of employee Alan Takahata
- Alanna Walker, Surveillance Specialist
"I have been a server at Jardin at Wynn for almost three years while attending community college," said Brooke Holmes, Wynn employee and scholarship recipient. "With this scholarship I plan on transferring to UNLV to pursue a psychology degree. It is a tremendous privilege to be awarded an education and I hope to someday give back by founding a non-profit focused on helping struggling single mothers and their children."
The Wynn Scholarship Fund augments the new Wynn Mentorship and Wynn Internship programs, as well as the existing Wynn Tuition Reimbursement program, which provides financial assistance to employees earning a college degree in a field related to the hospitality industry. The next scholarship application period begins April 2019. Wynn employees and their dependents are encouraged to apply at www.wynnemployeefoundation.com.
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