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2018 Winners

2018 Beavercreek High School Scholarship Winners

In an awards program at Beavercreek High School on May 14, BWL President JoAnn Rigano awarded 7 graduating seniors a total of $7,000 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.

Left to right: Jo Ann Rigano (BWL President 2017-2018); Chloe Dascalos; Guinevere Sweeney; 
                            Elysia Smith;  Faith Takacs; Stephanie Pierce; Rylie King, and Sophia Bush. 
Each of these ladies received a check for $1000.00 in Scholarship from BWL:
  • Sophia Bush plans to attend Wright State University and earn a degree in social work with a masters in school counseling.  She has already earned 12 hours in College Credit Plus and maintained a 3.9 GPA at Beavercreek.  Activities she has been involved in include lacrosse for 3 years and Peer Listening (president for 2 years).  Outside of school she volunteered at 4 Paws for Ability.
  • Chloe Dascalos is going to Ohio University to study speech pathology and specialize in speech therapy for special needs individuals.  She started a non-profit cheer team for special needs students called The Kindness Project.  In school Chloe had a 3.2 GPA and was  a peer helper with the All-Stars dance team.
  • Rylie King has a 4.2 GPA and plans to go to Ohio State University and study physical therapy.  She has earned 28 hours in College Credit Plus, run cross country and track for 4 years, and is in National Honor Society.  Rylie has volunteered at SISCA for 5 years.
  • Stephanie Pierce plans to attend Ohio University, is accepted into the honors program, will study exercise physiology, and run track and cross country there.  In school she had a 4.6 GPA and was president of National Honor Society.  She has been in Creek Crew for 3 years.  Outside of school she has been in Girl Scouts for 12 years and earned her Gold Award.
  • Elysia Smith is enrolled at Wright State University and plans to major in biological sciences with a goal of medical school as an oncologist or radiologist.  She has a 4.0 GPA.  In school she was on student council, completed 12 hours of College Credit Plus, played soccer for 2 years, and was in the Junior Optimist Club.  She earned the Gold Award for Girl Scouts.
  • Guinevere Sweeney will start her first year at Cleveland State as a junior thanks to completing 56 hours in College Credit Plus while maintaining a 4.1 GPA.  She will study special education – mild to moderate or moderate to severe. In school she was a Peer Helper for 3 years and worked with the All-Stars Dance team.  Guinevere played rugby for 3 years and participated in French, Spanish, and ASL clubs.
  • Faith Takacs plans to start at Sinclair Community College and then transfer to the University of Dayton to study physical therapy.  Faith has a 3.3 GPA and has earned 6 hours of College Credit Plus.  She has played volleyball for 4 years.  Faith works 35-40 hours per week and volunteers at her church.

2018 Woman in Transition Winners  

The Woman in Transition committee met in June 2018.
Committee members included Linda McLarty, Carolyn Tipps, Mary Waite, and Past President JoAnn  Rigano.

The Women in Transition committee received applications which included a letter explaining the transition in the applicant’s life, the main application, and an official transcript. Four scholarships were awarded; these totaled $5000.  Applicants live in Beavercreek, Fairborn, Xenia, and Yellow Springs. They attend Wright State, Kettering, and Clark State. These winners may use the award for tuition, books, or lab fees.  
  • Katelyn Grim ($1500) is single, lives in Fairborn, and attends Wright State where she is studying Rehabilitation Counseling/Chemical Dependency.  She is in a full-time internship which limits her time to work and should graduate in Dec. 2018.   Katelyn listed her involvement in several volunteer activities.
  • Karen Greenwood ($1500) lives in Beavercreek and attends Clark State.  She is a retired Air Force sergeant in Human Resource Management and is transitioning to a new career in the medical field.  She volunteers in  Beavercreek Friends of the Library and is a member of the Air Force Sergeant Association.
  • Diane Simons ($1000) lives in Xenia with her teen-age daughter.  She is a student at Kettering College in nursing.  She chose to go into nursing because she wants to help people in the community.  She participates in several activities in Xenia.
  • Cherissa Garcia ($1000) lives in Fairborn, is married, is pregnant with their first child, and enrolled at Wright State in pre-med.  She says she always wanted to be a physician but told herself she was not smart enough so is excited now to be fulfilling her dream.