Selma Bartlett Inducted into UNLV's Palladium Society

Selma Bartlett attends the UNLV Foundation Dinner

Selma Bartlett attends the UNLV Foundation Dinner where she was inducted into the Palladium Society. She is joined by UNLV Foundation Board of Trustees Chairman, Greg Lee (left), UNLV President Len Jessup, and College of Engineering Dean Rama Venkat.

Mar. 15, 2018

Students Benefit From Donor's Passion for the College of Engineering

Throughout her life, Selma Bartlett has been inspired to help others. From her banking clients and fellow community members, to non-profit organizations and UNLV students, Selma has built a professional and personal legacy.

Selma came to Las Vegas in 1954 when her husband, Troy, was stationed at Nellis Air Force Base. She already had nine years of experience as a banker, a unique accomplishment for a woman in the 1940s and 50s. She was one of the first female banking officers in Nevada and the state’s first female branch manager, rising to the title of regional president. During her career, which still continues today, she’s helped hundreds of professionals and individuals secure millions of dollars in loans for their businesses.

She has also served on the advisory boards for numerous government and non-profit organizations including St. Rose Dominican Hospital, the Henderson Boys & Girls Club, and the State of Nevada Economic Development Board. She’s even had a school named after her, Selma F. Bartlett Elementary School.

Her role in education didn’t stop there. She and Troy, who passed in 2011, were dedicated to supporting higher education and set up student scholarships at Nevada State College and UNLV.

The “Gilman & Bartlett Engineering Scholarship Fund,” recognizing both the Bartlett and Gilman families from Selma’s family history, has helped numerous UNLV engineering students pursue their dreams, including current mechanical engineering Ph.D. student, Maria Ramos Gonzalez.

“If I had not received that (Gilman & Bartlett Engineering) scholarship, I don’t think I would have continued as easily. I don’t know when I would have had enough money to come back. Her contribution really does make a difference and I truly appreciate it.”

Selma is recognized as the single largest scholarship donor in the history of the College of Engineering and has provided student financial aid to more than 200 students in various engineering majors.

“Selma’s commitment to UNLV, and specifically the College of Engineering has always been focused on directly helping students,” said Rama Venkat, dean of the College of Engineering. “I am so appreciative of her passion for our College and the number of supporters she has brought to us.”

In addition to her scholarships, Selma helped fund student travel for the DARPA Robotics Challenge where UNLV came in 8th in the world, provided financial support for the student-led Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Competition, and every year supports the college’s students in their capstone projects for their Senior Design Competition.

For her continued generosity, Selma Bartlett was inducted into the UNLV Foundation Palladium Society last fall. This spring she was also awarded the Academy of Engineering Distinguished Community Partner Award for her contributions to the College.