In 1958, Charles and Phyllis Frias came to Southern Nevada with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. With a firm determination and tireless work ethic, they built five taxicab companies into the largest transportation company in the state of Nevada. And now they’re helping our high school students.
Charles passed away in 2006. After Phyllis passed away on October 31, 2016 the Charles and Phyllis M. Frias Charitable Trust was established to continue their legacy of giving to the community they so cherished. Since 2018 the Charles and Phyllis M. Frias Charitable Trust has made distributions valued at over $13.5 million to support children, education, and the less fortunate members of Southern Nevada.
Earlier this year John H. Mowbray and Jack R. Hanifan, trustees of the Charles and Phyllis M. Frias Charitable Trust, distributed nearly $1 million to underwrite 9 college/university scholarships to southern Nevada high school seniors through the Public Education Foundation (PEF).
All nine of the inaugural Frias Legacy Scholars came from homes where their parents never had an opportunity to attend college. Furthermore, all had some substantial adverse event beyond their control during their high school career that impacted their ability to receive a scholarship.
In this episode of Talking Solutions, Wendy Rush gets the chance to chat with the Senior Vice President of Academic Initiatives at the Public Education Foundation, Kristine Minnick. Kristine speaks passionately about the scholarships and the young adults who have received them. She also provides information about other scholarships available through PEF.
Also joining the call is Christopher Carrillo, a second semester student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Christopher was one of the nine recipients of the inaugural scholarship last year. He tells us his story and what this scholarship has meant for not only him, but his family as well.
Original Air Date of this podcast was January 29, 2023.