June 28, 2024

Sahara Las Vegas Hosts 2024 Meruelo Family Scholarship Awards Presentation


SAHARA Las Vegas General Manager Paul Hobson (left) and Chief Vision and Purpose Officer Alexis Meruelo (right) Present Scholarship Awards to Dependents of SAHARA Las Vegas Team Members.
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Total of $20,000 Awarded to Dependents of SAHARA Las Vegas Team Members
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On Friday, June 14, SAHARA Las Vegas hosted the 2024 Meruelo Family Scholarship award presentation. As part of the property’s SAHARA Cares initiative, six deserving dependents of SAHARA Las Vegas Team Members were awarded scholarships. Las Vegas student Faith Jotojot received $5,000 while students Blessy Ariel Jotojot, Angelina Lourdes Pezzi, Shae Styles, Jonathon Saavedra and Helena Saavedra each received $3,000.

During the event, all six scholarship winners were presented with certificates by chief vision and purpose officer Alexis Meruelo and general manager Paul Hobson. A jumbo check in the amount of $40,000 was also presented to SAHARA Las Vegas and Grand Sierra Resort which included the total of $20,000 specifically for the winning dependents of SAHARA Las Vegas Team Members.

The Meruelo family’s focus on education has fueled both companies’ community impact over the years. Since 2018, Grand Sierra Resort and SAHARA Las Vegas have contributed more than $2 million dollars to the AAA Foundation funding hundreds of scholarships for underprivileged students in Nevada. For 2024-2025, the two companies have committed a combined $550,000 to this cause.

“By increasing our scholarship fund for the third consecutive year, the Meruelo family remains committed to making education accessible for the families of SAHARA Las Vegas Team Members,” said Meruelo. “We are excited to see how these scholarships will positively shape the futures of these outstanding students.”

“We invest in the wellbeing of our Team Members every day,” said Hobson. “To be able to reach a little further and help remarkable students and their families pursue their college degrees is particularly rewarding. It’s a great feeling to support themin such a meaningful way.”

SAHARA Las Vegas is an all-encompassing resort and casino with 1,613 guest rooms and suites in three distinctive towers, more than 80,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, AZILO Ultra Pool, one rooftop pool and a collection of acclaimed restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. The inviting casino occupies 60,000 square feet and features approximately 600 of the latest slot and video poker machines, 50 classic table games, the brand-new Infinity High Limit Lounge, a lively poker room and a sports book operated by global gaming leader William Hill. An impressive selection of culinary and cocktail offerings includes Bazaar Meat by José Andrés™, named “Best Restaurant in Nevada” by Business Insider; famed Philadelphia sports bar Chickie’s & Pete’s; The Noodle Den; CASBAR Lounge; Uno Más; Prendi; The Tangier; Zeffer’s Café and James Beard Award-winning chef Shawn McClain’s Balla Italian Soul. SAHARA Las Vegas is also proud to serve as home to MAGIC MIKE LIVE Las Vegas presented by Channing Tatum. SAHARA Las Vegas players can also enjoy the perks of an Infinity Rewards membership, a joint loyalty program between SAHARA and its sister property Grand Sierra Resort and Casino Reno, which gives players the opportunity to earn and redeem rewards across both destinations. SAHARA Las Vegas is a minority-owned business certified by the Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council. For more information, please visit and stay connected on InstagramFacebook and X.

Erika Pope
The Vox Agency
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