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Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at 9:06 PM

LEAD On Awards Scholarships

LEAD On Awards Scholarships
Melanie Moran was selected for the LEAD Forward Scholarship

LEAD On, a local nonprofit organization committed to preparing Churchill County students for life after high school, awards two scholarships to graduating seniors.

“Our team wants Churchill County youth to know and believe they can do and become anything,” said Board Member and Scholarship Chair Paolo Narag. “We are thrilled to offer two scholarships to students with experience and values of leadership, service, and education.”

Vera Vaz was selected for the LEAD On Scholarship. She served as Student Body Vice President of Churchill County High School, President of CCHS National Honor Society, and Northern Region Vice President for Nevada HOSA Future Health Professionals. Vera was the first Health Occupations Students of America state officer from CCHS. She also participated in track and field, soccer, and academic team.

With the goal of becoming a family practice physician, Vera plans to major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Nevada Reno (UNR) where she will also be a part of the BS-MD program, which guarantees her a medical school seat upon completing her bachelor’s degree.

“My dad was a family practice physician and I remember going to his work where everyone would say he was just like a superhero,” said Vera. “Since seeing the positive impact my dad has created, I have been inspired to help others. I want to continue volunteering throughout all my schooling and one day travel to underserved communities to provide quality health care to those who cannot afford it.”

Melanie Moran was selected for the LEAD Forward Scholarship. She attends Oasis Academy and plans on graduating with both her associate's degree and a high school diploma. Melanie enjoys painting and spending time with her peers.

With the goal of becoming a hospital social worker, Melanie plans to complete Western Nevada College’s (WNC) 3 in 1 Social Work program where she will complete three years at WNC and her final year at UNR.

“I would like to thank my parents,” said Melanie. “They pushed me to keep going in whatever path made me happiest.”

LEAD On congratulates all graduating seniors and wishes them the best of luck in their future endeavors.

“Thank you to everyone who participated and contributed to LEAD On’s programs this year” said LEAD On President Monica Davis. “Together, we are empowering Churchill County youth to achieve their dreams.”

LEAD On created short videos about our 2021 scholarship winners. To view them, visit their website: www.leadonnevada.org