John C. Kish Foundation Endowed Scholarship
The John C. Kish Foundation established the John C. Kish Foundation Endowed Scholarship in 2014 to benefit financially needy Utah Valley University students enrolled in the Woodbury School of Business, with preference given to students documented by the federally recognized Navajo tribe.
John C. Kish was born Aug. 23, 1934. He moved to Chicago as a young adult, then enlisted in the armed services, serving 18 months in post-war Germany. After honorable service, he returned to Chicago and became an entrepreneur, eventually moving to Arizona to open a mobile home business. He was well known in that business in Phoenix, Glendale, Patchy Junction, and Prescott, Ariz. Then in 1974, he opened what became the Skyline Casino in Henderson. He started with 10 slots and expanded into what it is today a favorite destination of many locals.
Kish belonged to many service organizations, including the Henderson Jaycees, Elks Association, Moose Association, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US. His community service was exceptional; his philanthropy touched many lives, particularly the less fortunate. The Saint Rose Hospital Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club of Henderson, The St. Therese Center, and The Golden Rainbow of Las Vegas are a few beneficiaries of Kish’s generosity. In Niles, Mich., he donated a new Sunday school wing to the Bethel Tabernacle chapel in honor of his mother, Violet, who was its former pastor.
During his life, Kish created the John C. Kish Foundation, which helps organizations in the areas of health, education, performing arts, and animal welfare.