Helen J. Stewart Award

Secretary Cegavske Establishes the Helen J. Stewart Award

  • Purpose:  The purpose of the Helen J. Stewart Award is to launch seniors from high school who are poised for civic participation in their community by encouraging voter registration among eligible Nevada high school students.
  • Criteria:  The Helen J. Stewart Award is presented to any Nevada high school that gets at least 85 percent of eligible students in the senior class registered to vote in Nevada.
  • Eligibility:  In order to register to vote in Nevada, you must be a U.S. citizen, be at least 18 years old by the date of the next election, and have continuously resided in Nevada at least 30 days in your county and 10 days in your precinct.  Convicted felons who have not had their rights restored are not eligible to register to vote.

About Helen J. Stewart 

Helen J. Stewart married and moved to Nevada in 1873 from California and resided with her husband and three children in the Pioche, Nevada area.  In 1882 Helen moved with her husband and children to the Las Vegas Valley to take possession of the Las Vegas Ranch.  Two more children were born in the Las Vegas Valley.  Helen operated the Ranch after the death of her husband in 1884.  Helen Stewart became the first woman elected to the Clark County School District’s Board of Trustees in 1916.  She donated land in 1922 for the Las Vegas Grammar School, which became the first public school attended by Native American students from the Southern Paiute Indian Colony.  The building still stands and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

The Helen J. Stewart Award

The Helen J. Stewart award was promoted through the Inspire Nevada program for the first time in 2016 but is available to any Nevada high school.  Inspire U.S. is a nonpartisan civic engagement organization that works with high school juniors and seniors to prepare them for active and informed participation to improve our communities, state, and country.

If your high school wishes to apply for the Helen J. Stewart Award, please complete and submit an award nomination form.  Questions about the Helen J. Stewart Award can be sent to sosexec@sos.nv.gov.  You can also call (775) 684-5709 during regular business hours.

The 2016-2017 school year recipient of the Helen J. Stewart Award was Somerset Academy of Las Vegas - Sky Pointe.