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2016 Winners

2016 Woman in Transition Winners

The Woman in Transition committee received eighteen completed applications, including a letter explaining the transition in her life, as well as an official transcript. We awarded five $1300 scholarships. The applicants were from Beavercreek, Fairborn, Bellbrook, Xenia, and Yellow Springs. They attend Wright State University, Kettering College, and Clark State. (No applicants were from Sinclair Community College, so that grant went unused this year and will be held for next year.) 

  •  Katherine Isaza lives in Fairborn and attends Wright State.  She is studying clinical psychology and is starting a year-long internship.  She is single and hopes to “contribute to the mental health and general well-being of ethnic minorities living in the US”.

  • Lorri Linkhart also attends Wright State and is studying Rehabilitation Service.  She has only 12 hours to complete her degree.  She is a single mother of 3, lives in Beavercreek, and appreciates our scholarship since she is no longer eligible for Federal Student Aid.
  • Sabrina Powers lives in Beavercreek and is studying to be a Physician Assistant at Kettering College.  To make plans for actual patient care hours, she quit her present job and sold her house.  As a graduating Beavercreek High School student several years ago, Sabrina was awarded a BWL $500 book grant.

  • Kenna Rodriquez is from Xenia and is a student at Wright State working on her master's degree in Rehab Counseling.  She was one of our winners last year.  She says that “with multiple disabilities due to an accident, she is going to school to work with individuals with severe disabilities and help them achieve their goals and live a full life”.

  • Janice Russell lives in Bellbrook with her 3 children.  She attends Clark State and is studying to become an LPN.  She returned to school to make a better life for her family and she wants to break a cycle of poverty.  She moved to Bellbrook for a safer environment and better schools for her children.  
These winners may use the award for tuition, books, or lab fees. We have invited them to come to a BWL meeting so we can meet them in person. From 2000-2016 we have awarded  $76,000 to our WiT winners. 
WiT Committee:   Mary Waite, Linda McLarty, Carolyn Tipps, and Past President Melinda Nutter.  

2016 Beavercreek High School Scholarship Winners

In an awards program at Beavercreek High School on May 16, Melinda Nutter awarded five graduating seniors a $2000 scholarship. Each awardee had submitted an application and had an interview with high school teachers, counselor, and community representatives. Each one was highly recommended by the committee. They may use the funds for tuition, lab fees, and books.

  • Allye Camden is eighth in the class and has been accepted into the nursng program at Wright State. At school she is president of the National Honor Society, a Link commissioner, and participant in Network. Outside of school she is president of the Beavercreek Youth Council. She plans to live at home.

  • Margaret Kinney plans to attend Miami University to study biology and zoology. She is 72nd in the class. At school Maggie has been in the band all four years, is in National Honor Society, is in show choir, and played softball 3 years. She has earned her gold level in Girl Scouts.

  • Amber Lovely will attend Sinclair Community College to become a surgical technician and then transfer to Kettering College of Medical Arts. She is 336th in the class and was a student ambassador from the Greene County Career Center where she was a student. She has taken college level classes through the College Credit Program.

  • Taylor Mannix will attend Wright State to study nursing and hopes to become a pediatric nurse. She volunteers at her church and participates in Beavercreek Youth Council and BHS Student Council. Her class standing is 159. She plans to live at home.

  • Hannah Nelson will attend Ohio State University and study English or physics. She's a National Merit finalist, was drum major of the band, on the swim team, and on the Academic Team. She is 12th in the class.