Veteran Benefits Guide (VBG) Awards Eight Public Education Foundation (PEF) Military Officer Scholarships to ROTC Students at University of Nevada, Las Vegas

June 5, 2023

$20,000 in Scholarships Granted to Students Who Demonstrated Academic Achievement and a Desire to Become Military Officers


Las Vegas, Nevada – Veteran Benefits Guide (VBG) today announced that it has sponsored eight students to receive Public Education Foundation (PEF) Military Officer Scholarships this year. The scholarships, totaling $20,000, are granted to current college juniors attending the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)and enrolled in an ROTC program. All applicants were required to have a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA and desire to become an officer in the military.

“As a proud military veteran, and founder of an organization focused on supporting our military veteran community, I am thrilled to partner with PEF to recognize these outstanding students from UNLV for their commitment to service,” said Josh Smith, Founder and CEO of Veteran Benefits Guide. “I hope this scholarship funding can allow them to further pursue their passions through the university’s ROTC program and support their career paths to becoming military officers.”

The eight scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each were awarded to the following students:

·      Pio Bragado, UNLV Air Force ROTC

·      Cameron Dowiat, UNLV Air Force ROTC

·      Tyler Ray, UNLV Air Force ROTC

·      Miguel Antonio Rodriguez, UNLV Air Force ROTC

·      Minh Tran, UNLV Air Force ROTC

·      Luis Cerriteno, UNLV Air Force ROTC

·      David Giddens, UNLV Air Force ROTC

·      Joselle StaAna, UNLV Air Force ROTC

PEF’s Scholarships Plus program awards more than900 scholarships each year to help high school seniors and college-enrolled students pursue post-secondary education. This year, the organization will provide more than $6 million in college scholarships to help students pursue their dreams of attending college or vocational school. PEF’s Military Officer Scholarship awards were officially presented to the recipients at a ceremony on UNLV’s campus on Sunday, May 7th.

About the Public Education Foundation

The Public Education Foundation (PEF) unites the community to inspire support of our public schools. In partnership with the Clark County School District (CCSD), PEF helps guide effective investments in education to meet the immediate, critical needs of our students, families, and educators. For more information about PEF, please visit Follow us on Facebook @ThePublicEducationFoundation and Twitter @ThePEFtoday.


About Veteran Benefits Guide

Veteran Benefits Guide (VBG) enables Veterans to receive the full disability benefits they have earned from their service in a timely manner. Since its founding in 2015, VBG has helped more than 35,000 Veterans to receive a combined increase of $5.5 billion in lifetime benefits. VBG’s trusted, national network of independent and credentialled medical service providers ensures that Veterans submit fully developed, accurate claims to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which avoids the need for appeals, speeds up the final benefits decision and reduces the VA case backlog. VBG is based in Las Vegas, Nevada and also has offices in San Diego, California. Learn more at


Media Contacts

RileyCaspersen, PEF

Lisa Kalkes, VBG