May. 23, 2022


Longstanding UNLV ally to fund a diverse range of programs across multiple university units.

The partnership between UNLV and Nevada Gold Mines (NGM) will deepen over the next year as the company invests $500,000 in several university units. The funding by NGM is designed to support public education in southern Nevada, help students complete their academic careers, and increase awareness of Nevada Gold Mines and the mining industry as attractive and rewarding career options. This generous package includes funding to provide:

  • More than $225,000 in student scholarships in the Lee Business School, the College of Science, the Honors College, and the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering
  • More than $50,000 to support an NGM-sponsored Business Case Competition in the Lee Business School, the Department of Geoscience GeoSymposium, and the Engineering Fred and Harriet Cox Senior Design Competition
  • Over $100,000 to fund a Nevada Gold Mines Faculty Fellowship in Accounting and professorship in the Department of Geoscience
  • And $100,000 for career and professional development programs, graduate assistantships, and hands-on learning experiences for students enrolled in the Honors College, Lee Business and School of Engineering

“NGM takes pride in our significant contribution to the Nevada state economy, our standing as the single largest gold-producing complex globally, and our ability to provide high-paying jobs,” said Barrick Vice President Patrick Malone, who leads the Nevada Gold Mines office in Henderson. “By partnering with UNLV, we hope to support cutting-edge research, raise awareness about NGM and the mining industry, and help prepare the next generation of scientists, engineers, and business leaders.”

UNLV Vice President of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement and UNLV Foundation President, Rickey N. McCurry, echoes Malone’s positive outlook on this long-term collaboration. “We have long known that UNLV students are skilled and motivated. We are thankful for companies like Nevada Gold Mines that recognize the mutual benefits of a partnership and their investment in faculty and students from various academic backgrounds.” 

About the UNLV Foundation
Founded in 1981, the UNLV Foundation’s primary goal is to support UNLV as an institution committed to cutting-edge research, diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, and academic success. The mission of the UNLV Foundation is to increase philanthropic support for the University, grow its endowment for long-term financial stability, and enhance the future growth of UNLV. For more information about the UNLV Foundation, please visit

About Nevada Gold Mines
Nevada Gold Mines is operated by Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE: GOLD) and is a joint venture between Barrick (61.5%) and Newmont (38.5%) that combined their significant assets across Nevada in 2019 to create the single largest gold-producing complex in the world.


Natacia Eldridge
Lead, Communications
Nevada Gold Mines Elko Office

Frankie Andres
Associate Vice President, Advocacy, Communications & Donor Relations
UNLV Division of Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement