By Ken Curto 

Ely Elks Lodge

Wade Burdick has been awarded the Charles D. Gallagher Memorial Scholarship, Jane Murdock the Sophia Bano Bartsas Memorial Scholarship, Jaden Ernest the John P. Bartsas Memorial Scholarship and McKenzi Wilkin the Peter J. Bartsas Memorial Scholarship, according to Elko’s Masonic Lodge.

Burdick, 18, is the son of Martin Burdick and Wendy Lopez of Ely.  Murdock, 17, is the daughter of Jesse and Rebecca Murdock of Ely. Ernest, 18, is the daughter of Kelly and Kristina Ernest of Ely. Wilkin, 18, is the daughter of Todd and Tiffani Wilkin of Ely. Each of these winners graduated with the Class of 2015 at White Pine High School.

Burdick received a $1,000 award from the Charles D. Gallagher Memorial Scholarship. This award began in 1979 as a request in the will of the late State Senator Charles D. Gallagher and is given for the benefit of a deserving young man in White Pine County. Over $38,500 has been awarded since the scholarship’s inception.

Murdock received a $1,000 award from the Masonic Lodge in the name of Sophia Bano Bartsas. This award began in May of 2004 and is given to a deserving young man or woman attending the University of Nevada at Reno or Las Vegas. Over $12,000 has been awarded since the scholarship’s inception.

Ernest received a $1,000 award from the Masonic Lodge in the name of John P. Bartsas. This award was created 15 years ago and is given to a deserving young man or woman attending the University of Nevada at Reno or Las Vegas. Over $16,000 has been awarded since the scholarship’s inception.

Wilkin will receive a $1,000 award from the Masonic Lodge in the name of Peter J. Bartsas. This award was begun in 1980 and is given to a deserving young man or woman attending an in-state university. Over $35,000 has been awarded since the scholarship’s inception.

The three Bartsas scholarships are funded by the estate of the late Mary Bartsas of Las Vegas. All four scholarships are administered and awarded by the scholarship committee and trustees of Elko Lodge 15, F&A.M.