Maestretti named first Guinn memorial scholarship winner
Douglas High School graduate Bridget Maestretti was awarded the first Kenny C. Guinn Memorial Millennium Scholarship today.
“There is no greater feeling than helping a struggling student grasp a concept that will help them move forward and feel success,” Maestretti wrote in the application for the $4,500 scholarship. She plans on becoming a math teacher.
Maestretti was also one of the first the recipients of the annual DHS All-Sports Boosters athletic scholarship when she graduated in 2008.
She was named Sierra Nevada Media Group 2007-08 Female Athlete of the Year. Maestretti nine varsity letters she earned in four years, along with two league titles and one state appearance from her four sports. She was selected out of four finalists.
She is the daughter of Minden residents Kelly and Lane Maestretti.
“Kenny would have been extremely pleased with all the finalists,” said Former First Lady Dema Guinn. “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.”
The Guinn Scholarship was established by a bill sponsored by Sen. Ben Kieckhefer, which was unanimously passed by both houses of the 2011 Legislature and signed by Gov. Brian Sandoval.
The bill created a scholarship fund from donations received by the Treasurer’s Office after the tragic death in July 2010 of former Gov. 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.
State Treasurer Kate Marshall and the Board of Trustees of the College Savings Plan of Nevada announced the scholarship winner today during a news conference at the University of Nevada, Reno.
The bill provides for one scholarship of up to $4,500 to be bestowed upon one qualified Millennium Scholarship student each year to supplement that student’s current 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, visit https://NevadaTreasurer.gov or contact the GGMS office at MillenniumScholars@nevadatreasurer.gov.