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2017 Winners

2017 Beavercreek High School Scholarship Winners

In an awards program at Beavercreek High School on May 16, JoAnn Rigano awarded 8 graduating seniors a total of $10,000 in scholarships.  Each had submitted an application and had an interview with high school teachers, counselor, and community representatives.  Each was highly recommended by the committee.  They may use the funds for tuition, lab fees, and books.

     Because of unique personal circumstances, the committee decided to award the first two listed below $2000 each.  

  • Cheyenne Ferguson plans to attend Wright State and major in forensics pathology. She has a 3.95 GPA. In school her parents did not allow her to participate in any activities. Cheyenne will continue to live in Miamisburg with her sister and work 30+ hours per week at McDonalds where she walks to work.

  • Destiny Nguyen will also go to Wright State and major in political science with the goal of becoming a senator or working for a non-profit organization. She has cheered for 4 years and has a 3.3 GPA. Destiny has already earned 15 college credit hours. She went to cosmetology school, works 40 hours per week as a nail tech, and will move out in August and support herself.
     Each of the following was awarded a $1,000 scholarship:
  • Emma Coning is enrolled at the University of Dayton and plans to major in political science. She hopes to get involved in politics and hit the campaign trail. In school she was in National Honor Society, on the academic team, in Model UN, and co-president of the choir. She has a 4.36 GPA. She has been involved in Irish dancing since she was 4 and teaches privately about 20 hours per week.
  • Angelica Heggem plans to go to Wright State and major in nursing with the goal of nurse practictioner in pediatrics. She will live at home. In school she was in winter guard, Interact’s closet/dress drive, and National Honor Society., She had a 3.9 GPA. Outside of school she participated in 4-H for 9 years including STEM-related projects and was a Teen Ambassador.
  • Allison Huntington plans to major in speech therapy at Miami University. She was very active at Beavercreek – marching band, show choir combo, and National Honor Society. She has a 4.14 GPA. Outside of school she has been on a dance team for 12 years and is active in her church’s junior church department.
  • Taylor Keller is going to Ohio University to double major in finance and international business. She has a 3.8 GPA and is in National Honor Society. She has several volunteer activities including Trinity Community. She works about 20 hours per week.
  • Caitlin Lavilla is a triplet in an active family. She plans to attend UD and major in pre-med with the goal of physician assistant. She is in National Honor Society and has a 4.2 GPA. Caitlin plays the harp in the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Springfield Symphony. She has a partial scholarship from UD and will give free concerts around the area representing the university. She also teaches a Sunday School class at her church and works part-time at Old Navy.
  • Abbey Gillum will attend Wright State and live at home. She plans to major in business/finance. Her GPA was 3.7. She played trombone in the marching band and was a section leader. She is active in her church especially the youth group outreach and signs the Bible verses. Her goal is to take over her father’s business of window tinting and chroming.

2017 Woman in Transition Winners  

The Woman in Transition committee received twenty-three completed applications, including a letter explaining the transition in the applicant's life, as well as an official transcript. We awarded eight scholarships totaling $7000. Applicants, ranging in age from 25 to mid 50’s, live in Beavercreek, Fairborn, Xenia, Yellow Springs, Spring Valley, Jamestown, and Bellbrook.  They attend Wright State,  Antioch, Kettering, Ohio University, Central State, Clark State, and Sinclair.

  •  Lisa Curtis ($1000) lives in Spring Valley and attends Kettering College.  She is majoring in Occupational Therapy and hopes to “help others achieve their highest level of independence.”  Lisa is married and a Beavercreek High School graduate.  In her final 3 semesters she will have full-time field work experience and unable to continue working so our scholarship will be very helpful.

  • Katelyn Grim ($1000) is single, lives in Jamestown, and attends Wright State where she is studying Rehabilitation Counseling/Chemical Dependency.  She chose this area “because of personal familial experiences as well as the desperate need for professional in the field.”  Katelyn is active in an international honor society at WSU for those in her field of study.

  • Jody Hayes ($1000) lives in Beavercreek, is married, has 4 children, and attends Antioch University Midwest.  She is majoring in Special Education and wants to “help students who struggle on a daily basis”. Jody was one of our winners 2 years ago and is now working on her masters so she can get the degree that will allow her to teach.  The family has had several major financial issues this year; she says this scholarship will allow her to continue her schooling.

  • Bobbie Lee Hughes ($1000) lives in Beavercreek and attends Wright State.  She is studying Management Information Systems which combine business and computers.  She thinks she “will enjoy working as a bridge between the two”.  Bobbie is divorced and has 2 children.  She is transitioning from a married stay-at-home mom to a single mom of 2 toddlers who wants to set a good example for them and survive on more than a minimum wage.

  • Luciana Lieff ($1000) lives in Yellow Springs and attends Antioch University Midwest and Clark State.  She is in the completion program for her associates degree in Criminal Justice.  She is divorced and has 2 children.  She currently volunteers as a Deputy Sheriff in Greene County and works at Yellow Springs police part-time.

  • Pratibha Nigam ($1000) lives in Beavercreek Township and attend Wright State to study Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling.  She volunteers in a collaborative project of WSU and East End Community Dayton to counsel people with opioid substance addiction.  Her husband lost his job; she needs our scholarship to help pay for required books and fees for her program.

  • China Ray attends Sinclair full time and will use the grant carried over from last year from Sinclair.   Since Greene County residents pay more than Montgomery County ones, we added the difference of $708.75 to her award to make it equal to the 15 hours Sinclair granted for Montgomery County residents.  China lives in Yellow Springs, is married, and has 1 child.  She is studying to be a Physical Therapist Assistant “to help people recover their health”.  She says the PTA program at Sinclair is rigorous and students are advised not to work because of time demands and clinicals. 

  • Casie Goldberg sent in her application on time (postmarked June 1), but it did not arrive until after our selection meeting June 6.  We had $300 left and offered it to her.  She accepted.  Casie lives in Beavercreek, is married, has 2 children, and attends Clark State.  She is studying nursing.  Her transition is from a job where she had reached max potential with the education level she had to one that offers much more opportunity.
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 2000-2017 we have awarded $83,008 to our WiT winners.

 WiT committee

Linda McLarty, Carolyn Tipps, Mary Waite, and Past President Debborah Wallace

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