Seniors at Hug High School could be one step closer to going to college, thanks to a generous donation from Caesar's Entertainment.
Caesar's, through Harrah's Reno, donated $80,000 to be spread out over four years. Hug teachers said for some of these kids, this money means the difference between going to college and not being able to afford it.
"It allows them an opportunity to dream of ascent, which is to get to college," Hug teacher Jason Aytes said, "because college education, that's invaluable. A lot of our kids, it's the only scholarship they'll receive."
This is the second four-year donation Hug High School has received from Caesar's. The money goes into their general scholarship fund, which all graduating students can apply for. Hug administrators said the money means extra motivation for the students, and shows them that if they work hard, college can be a reality. That means higher graduation rates and more students on the college track.
"[Getting students to college] is a huge priority for us," Hug Principal Lauren Ford said. "It's top priority for us. We need to work with our students and the families, starting from when they enter our schools in ninth grade to prepare them for what needs to be done to get ready for college."
Over the last four years, more than 70 Hug seniors have gotten scholarships through this grant.