Balloon Race Scholarship Recipients Awarded for 2022

The University Balloon Race Scholarship Committee has been in existence since 1986 and has been awarding scholarships since the early 1990s. The University Balloon Race University Scholarships have been distributed annually since 1999. The committee exists to raise funds to award two scholarships per year: one to an undergraduate student and one to a graduate student.

The committee is pleased to announce Ashley Osborne as a graduate student and Shane Kapala as an undergraduate student for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Ashley Osborne is in her final year of the Doctor of Counselor Education and Supervision program at the University of Nevada, Reno. As a counselor at Truckee Meadows Community College and the newly elected Chair of the National Career Development Association’s Graduate Student Committee, she is passionate about providing interdisciplinary clinical, academic, and career counseling services to students and the community in her together. Ashley volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada and is a longtime Nevada Promise mentor.

Shane Kapala

Shane Kapala is a public health major who will apply this fall to the Orvis School of Nursing. He has a passion for working with at-risk populations and is a mechanic/educator with the Kiwanis Bike program, where he teaches bike maintenance and safe riding techniques to youth in the Reno/Sparks area. He hopes a nursing degree will help him better serve the local community.

The College Balloon Race Scholarship Committee would like to congratulate Osborne and Kapala for their hard work and encourage everyone to attend the Great Reno Balloon Race at Rancho San Rafael Park September 9-11, 2022. Participants are encouraged to visit the University Balloon Race Scholarship. Committee booth during hot air balloon races.

The University celebrates the start of the Great Reno Balloon Race with a balloon launch from the historic Quad on Thursday, September 8 at 7 a.m.

2022 Balloon Race Pin

Balloon race pin

The University of Nevada, Reno Balloon Race 2022 Scholarship Committee pin was designed by Leonardo Ramirez, a freshman majoring in graphic design here at the university. Leonardo grew up in Sparks and attended the Great Reno Balloon Races every year when he was growing up. The pin features a replica of the ball used in previous races in the background as well as a new blue and silver ball, named Winters Breeze. The blue and silver balloon is sponsored by the University of Nevada, Reno and will be a spectacular sight in the sky during the mass ascension.

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