“This year with the help of community support and attendance at our fundraising events, the Pumpkin Festival and the Women’s Expo, Women in Business has increased the number of women it will be able to help pursue college degrees and education. These scholarships are due to the overwhelming generosity of our community who has supported our annual fundraising efforts,” stated Tami Shugart, Women In Business Scholarship Chair.
Scholarships are awarded to high school graduating seniors and non-traditional women students who are age 25 or older and returning to a college, university or trade school after a minimum of a three year break. Women were asked to fill out their application by April 1st of 2014 to be considered for this opportunity. Each of the recipients presented an application along with an essay on how these funds would help them further their education. Each one of these women has a unique educational goal in mind.
The top scholarship for non-traditional recipients was awarded to Linda Hudson. Linda will be working on her degree in Sociology at Southern Utah University while working at the Leavitt Group and raising her daughter as a single parent. "This scholarship is important to me in order to achieve my goals of academic success, obtain sustainability through career success, and most of all, to be a business leader in this community as a woman," she said.
Estella Mendez, Monalisa Sayers and Heather Arnado also received scholarship money as non-traditional women. Mendez will use the money to continue her education at SWATC. She says, "A degree is important to help me move forward with my life and enter the workforce."
Sayers will continue her education at Southern Utah University as a Pre-Nursing student. "My career goals as a future traveling nurse will give me many opportunities to work in different departments and gain my experience. It has always been my heart’s desire to be a nurse and help others,” she says.
Arnado will use the scholarship to complete her Education degree at Southern Utah University. "I want to use this scholarship to improve my skills so that I can educate children to not only support their families but their communities as well."
Women in Business awarded scholarships to five high school graduates with the top scholarship award going to Serena Aguilar who plans to attend Southern Utah University to pursue a degree in nursing. "I will be the first generation in my family to attend college and get a degree in what I am passionate about," Serena said in response to this award.
Amy Bartholomew, Shaena Dansie, Jessica Montes-Acosta and Kaycee Etchart also received scholarships. Bartholomew will be attending Southern Utah University in the fall to begin her goal of becoming an OB/GYN. "I am working towards a college degree because I want to excel in life. I want to become something more. I want to be able to tell people my story, and hopefully be an inspiration to others that they can reach their dreams no matter the circumstance,” she said.
Shaena Dansie will be attending Southern Utah University in the fall. "A college degree would enable me to continue my journey of developing myself and sharing my knowledge with others in the future," she stated.
Jessica Montes-Acosta will be attending Southern Utah University in the fall to pursue her goal of becoming an immigration lawyer. She says, "The reason I want to go to college is because no one else in my family has gone to college and with my degree I would be getting the pure joy of helping someone."
Finally, Kaycee Etchart will attend Southern Utah University in the fall to begin her pursuit of a degree in computer science. "My thirst for knowledge and desire to live a gratifying lifestyle can be quenched with earning a complete college education."