Nephi Sanchez

Founding Scholarship Donor

Reason for the Gift

The N. Sanchez Medical Research Corporation is the latest founding scholarship donor to establish a four-year scholarship, the Sanchez Medical Research Scholarship, for a member of the 2017 charter class of the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV. The N. Sanchez Medical Research Corporation, of which Nephi Sanchez serves as President, is sponsoring a scholarship because Nephi believes in those who are creating the new Kerkorian School of Medicine and understands the importance of educating future physicians in Southern Nevada to increase the number of physicians who choose to practice here. In the future, he hopes to have the opportunity to learn from both faculty and alumni and to partner with them through research opportunities created by the N. Sanchez Medical Research Corporation. 

About the Donor

Nephi Sanchez began his professional life as a ballet dancer, performing with companies such as Oakland Ballet, Ballet West, Smuin Ballet, and Burch Mann's American Folk Ballet. He later moved into the animation and visual effects industry, working for companies such as Pixar, Disney and Starz. In 2007, he became CFO of Shotgun Software in a startup technology company, which was later acquired by Autodesk, Inc. In 2014, he founded the N. Sanchez Medical Research Corporation, a nonprofit dedicated to the study of degenerative diseases. He is a graduate of the University of Utah School of Business and a California CPA.