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Philip J. Cohen: Continuing His Story Through Scholars Program

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Kelsey Parker (far right) and other Philip J. Cohen Scholars with UNLV President Neal Smatresk (2nd from left); Vice President Bill Boldt (2nd from right); Dan Anderson and Craig Miller, friends of Mr. Cohen (5th and 7th from right); and Joan Rudick, niece of Philip Cohen (6th from right)

UNLV senior Kelsey Parker recognizes that too many needy children go unnoticed. As a member of the Philip J. Cohen Scholars program, she is on her way to graduating this spring with a degree in psychology and on an educational path that will prepare her for a career as a school psychologist.

One of 37 participants in a landmark program that provides full-tuition scholarships to deserving students, Kelsey is eager pass forward the opportunities and recognition she was given. "Being a Philip J. Cohen Scholar has opened my eyes to everything UNLV has to offer—opportunities I didn't even know existed," she says.

A gaming and real estate executive who passed away in 2010, Philip J. Cohen established an endowment through his estate plan that has the potential to become one of the largest gifts for higher education scholarships in Nevada. Cohen embodied the spirit of Las Vegas, and even though circumstances mandated that he leave school after the 8th grade, he never abandoned his love for education.

He moved to Las Vegas after serving in the military in World War II to explore the emergent casino industry. Staking his success in Nevada, Cohen took night courses at UNLV where he earned almost enough credits to receive an undergraduate degree. He was an avid Runnin' Rebels fan and a true American success story. Now, that story will continue through the program he funded at UNLV. "I'm grateful to Mr. Cohen from the bottom of my heart," Kelsey says, "and I am honored to carry forward the values he stood for."

For information on establishing a scholarship through your long-term estate plans, contact Bud Beekman at 702-895-2841 or today.

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