Established in 2002 as a private foundation, the Neilsen Foundation is dedicated to supporting both programs and research to improve the quality of life for those affected by and living with spinal cord injury (SCI). Mr. Neilsen earned an MBA and JD from the University of Utah. In 1985, he was involved in a serious car accident where he sustained a C-4 spinal cord injury. He founded Ameristar Casinos in 1993, grew the business, and took the company public. He was a forward-thinking visionary with a passion not only for his work, but for giving back to those who face challenges similar to his.
UNLV was selected to participate in the Neilsen Scholars program in 2018. We are grateful to the Neilsen Foundation for supporting student’s academic dreams. Applications for this program close at the end of February. Note that it is open to students who have a medically documented spinal cord injury.