Continuing Education Scholarships to Advance Industry Women
Global Gaming Women (GGW) has announced 17 recipients of the UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI) Continuing Education Scholarship. The scholarship is part of the GGW Education Fund, a new program aimed at providing continuing educational opportunities for women in gaming or pursuing a career in the field.
GGW awarded the scholarships—which cover the cost of either online or in-person courses at UNLV and IGI—to a diverse range of applicants, coming from eight different states and covering a wide range of positions throughout the international gaming industry. The scholarships cover the cost of tuition for undergraduate- or graduate-level seminars and classes through June 2014 that focus on resort- or casino-related subjects. Recipients represent the tribal, commercial, manufacturing and regulatory segments of the industry.
"We are extremely pleased to see such an outpouring of interest in our inaugural year of providing these awards, and I want to extend my congratulations to all of this year's well qualified recipients," said Virginia McDowell, president and CEO of Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. and GGW co-chair. "The purpose of GGW is to advance women in gaming, and we look forward to strengthening and expanding this program in the future."
"We are very happy to be offering this educational opportunity to such a diverse range of women in the industry," said Nakia Jackson-Hale, director of programs at IGI and a member of the GGW scholarship committee. "We had the fortune to choose from a fantastic pool of applicants, which I think points to a real appetite for the type of leadership development programs that GGW is providing."
GGW plans to again provide the scholarship program in 2014. Details will be available spring 2014. Money for the GGW Education Fund is raised through GGW's "Kick Up Your Heels" networking event held annually in Las Vegas in conjunction with Global Gaming Expo. This year's event will take place Wednesday, September 25 at McCall's Heartland Grill at The Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower. For registration information, visit the GGW website.