The scholarship committee is pleased to announce our July 2016 Community College Scholarship winners: Heather Mazlik and Mary Dameron! There were over 200 applicants for this round and the decision was a difficult one, as all the applicants were worthy. Heather Mazlik of Chattahoochee Technical College in Woodstock, Georgia and Mary Dameron of Davidson County Community College in Thomasville, North Carolina stood out due to their touching stories of perseverance.
"I was honored and delighted when I learned that I received this scholarship,” said Mary Dameron of Davidson County Community College. “These funds will allow me to attend nursing school so I can make a better life for me and my son." Mary is currently a CNA and works at a nursing home. Since she was 17, Mary has dreamed of becoming a nurse, and she is currently earning her Associate’s in Nursing with an impressive 4.0 GPA. She hopes to continue her education and earn a Bachelor’s in Nursing after gaining some crucial clinical experience.
Heather Mazlik was incredibly pleased when we told her she was the winner. She told wrote us, "I am extremely blessed and humbled to be given such a generous and wonderful opportunity." Heather is currently working towards her associate’s degree in accounting and hopes to go on to be a CPA. She went on to explain, “I am beyond grateful for this scholarship and after facing many obstacles the past few years, I am finally optimistic that along with perseverance and strength, I can use this money to continue my education in order to provide a bright future for my son.”
There were five outstanding finalists who didn't win but we awarded each finalist $100. "I know it takes hard work and drive to get what you want out of life and I will make my dreams come true,” said one finalist. The five finalists were: Victoria Zepeda, Carrie Shelley, Leylan LeCompte, Crystal Rodriguez, and Tiffany Danna.
The next deadline for the community college scholarships is November 5, 2016. There is also a $5,000 needs-based graduate scholarship meant for teachers returning to school to further their careers. The deadline for the Graduate Scholarship for Teachers is October 23, 2016. Apply Today!