Palm Aire Women’s Club 2019 Scholarship Recipients


State College of Florida Recipients


Cara Ruhnke is studying biotechnology and plans to earn a Bachelor’s degree in biology focusing on conservation genetics, evolutionary biology and virology. An instructor says Cara has initiative, discipline, exemplary study habits, professional behavior, aptitude for academic research, and leadership. She demonstrates sound critical thinking and writing skills far beyond the undergraduate level. She is a grounded, mature student who has a clear vision for her future.


Bailey Parker Pearce is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Technology Management. Even though she came from an impoverished rural area, she has a keen work ethic, is trustworthy, and driven. One of her references says Bailey is reliable, responsible, goal oriented, an amazing individual and as always going above and beyond what is required. Her reference says she is goal oriented, committed to her studies and academic goals, has compassion for helping others, and has excellent interpersonal skills.


Chelsea Cox’s goal is a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing with a focus on surgical nursing. Her three-year old son has a language disorder so she is learning sign language to better communicate with him. Her reference says she is goal oriented, committed to her studies and academic goals, has compassion for helping others, and has excellent interpersonal skills. She is extremely dedicated and driven to succeed. She has a clearly outlined career path in the medical profession.


Tyler Dietzway is pursuing a Nursing degree with his ultimate goal to become an ARNP. He is caring for his mother who is a survivor of a forceful aggravated assault five year ago and helping her care for his fully disabled stepfather. His reference says he demonstrates an aptitude for critical thinking and applies himself with persistence and dedication. He is kind, altruistic and ambitious who demonstrates a focused and thoughtful approach to his coursework and relationships.



Manatee Technical College Recipients


Michelle Vavra is currently enrolled in the EMT Fire Combined Program at MTC. She is married with four children. By starting a career after raising her children has made her strive to be better so she can reach her goals. Having the love for health and fitness, along with helping others, she can now reach her goal as a Fire Fighter.


Lisa Pollack has been in the Public Safety field for some time and is EMT Certified. She has had experience riding along with county ambulances in the past and working as a 911 dispatcher. Choosing to become a Paramedic will achieve her goals since she loves helping people in any way she can especially when they are at their worst.


Morna Brady was already successful in a career when she decided she wanted to make a career change. She knows she wanted to make a difference, to challenge herself both physical and mentally, and to help others and her community. She knows that hard work and dedication does pay off and by choosing to become a Firefighter she can then achieve her goal.


Donna Jervis completed the Patient Care Technician program at MTC and continued her education in the LPN program which she successfully completed in December. Her goals are to continue her education and become a Registered Nurse. Working in the medical field will give her more job opportunities as well as helping her financially. She is enthusiastic and helpful to others and she will be successful as an RN.


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