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Soroptimists hand out scholarships

 

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Recipients of the Marysville Soroptimists Club scholarships gather for the club's scholarship breakfast on June 7. Back row, from left, Ruth Bas, Kristin Nehring, Kristen LIndbloom, Micah Adriano, Eryn Hall, Chloe Otto and Natasha Flitz. Front row, from left, Ophelia Rios Meadows, Megan Stuart, Lorraine Abagatnan and Ahnna McCoy.

The Marysville Soroptimist Club gave out $15,000 in scholarships to local High School senior girls as part of their annual scholarship breakfast on June 7.

A total of 10 girls were given scholarships and an additional $1,000 was given to Marysville-Pilchuck High School's NJROTC program.

"Our purpose at Soroptimists is to improve the lives of women and girls," said Soroptimist member Elaine Hanson.

"One of the ways we've done that is by providing scholarships," she said.

Students were chosen based on their leadership at school, activity in community service and their financial need, said Hanson.

"We looked at what they've done in the community with school support and without school support," she said.

"A lot of students will do honor society and have a lot of community service through that, but we want to go beyond the school involvement and see what stuff they did on their own as well," she said.

Hanson said that students chosen for a scholarship had demonstrated initiative for a lot of their own volunteer work.

"There are a lot of hours that these girls put in. Working at the local hospitals or the food bank or just helping in the elementary schools," she said.

Many of the students worked at elementary schools through buddy programs and wanted to become teachers.

"That's a valuable learning experience for them as well," said Hanson.

"A lot of times kids think they want to do something, and as a former teacher, I will tell them to go try it out," she said.

Hanson enjoys helping kids and said the scholarship breakfast is always a positive thing for local women.

"They're always excited about their future," she said. "We were pleased with their outlook and enthusiasm," she said.

She said it's nice to encourage people to go farther in their education.

"Being a former teacher, I'm always excited to get people further along in their education," she said.

Sometimes the process can discourage kids from going forward with post-high school education, said Hanson, but giving students recognition and a little financial boost helps them move forward.

"Anytime a kid gets a scholarship, it helps them actually go through with college," she said.

The Soroptimist Club had 29 applicants for their scholarship this year, the most they've ever had, said Hanson.

The club also changed up their scholarship process this year. They normallyprovide scholarships among the Students of the Month winners, an award that the Soroptimist and Kiwanis clubs give out each month.

This year half the scholarships were opened to other students as well though.

"We widened it this year so it reached different students than it normally does," said Hanson.

More information about the Marysville Soroptimist club is available at facebook.com/SIMarysville.

 

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