U.S. Air Force Maj. Nicole Malachowski of Las Vegas has been selected to participate in the White House Fellows Program.
She is one of 14 appointees for the education program in which fellows work at the highest levels in the federal government, take study trips to examine U.S. policies and participate in roundtable discussions with leaders from both the public and private sectors.
A fighter pilot with more than 2,100 flying hours, Malachowski earned combat hours in Operation Deliberate Forge and Operation Iraqi Freedom in addition to providing air cover over Baghdad on Iraq's election day.
She also has flown with the Thunderbirds aerial demonstration squadron and was the first woman to fly on a Department of Defense military jet demonstration team.
Most recently, Malachowski served as deputy chief, Commander's Action Group at the Warfare Center at Nellis Air Force Base.
The White House Fellows Program was founded by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964. Past participants of the program include former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, former CNN President Tom Johnson, former Supreme Allied Commander for Europe Wesley Clark, United Nations Foundation President and former Sen. Timothy Wirth, Sen. Samuel Brownback and Rep. Joe Barton.
In other news:
* Anna Bavor, 22, was crowned Miss Rodeo Nevada 2008 at the Clark County Fair & Rodeo. Bavor, who plans to move to Las Vegas from Incline during her reign, will represent Nevada at the 54th annual 2009 Miss Rodeo America Pageant during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December.
* The Family Violence Prevention Fund awarded Safe Nest $10,000 July 16 in recognition of the organization's work to prevent violence and help women and children. The Family Violence Prevention Fund awarded nine organizations in all with funds earned through Macy's West Shop for a Cause Day.
Safe Nest operates shelters and hot lines for battered women and children in the Clark County area and provides services throughout Las Vegas and Mesquite including counseling, public education and court advocacy.
* Nevada Humanities awarded 18 grants to community organizations in May, with funds going to support programs and projects that include preserving Nevada history and heritage, encouraging community discussions of issues and supporting cultural institutions. The nonprofit organization's grants totaled more than $74,000.
Several grant recipients selected were from Southern Nevada including Lied Discovery Children's Museum, Nevada Public Education Foundation and Nevada Public Radio, which all received a $5,000 grant. Both the University of Nevada, Las Vegas' English Department and the Henderson District Public Libraries each received a $2,500 grant.
Other grants were awarded to the Clark County Education Association Community Foundation ($3,500), the Nevada Bar Association ($3,600) and the Nevada State Museum ($2,100).
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