Scholarship Success Stories
Our First Member Scholarship!
We are extremely proud to announce our first CWNC member scholarship has been awarded to LaShonda Butler this fall.
LaShonda receives a $1000 scholarship towards her undergraduate degree from UNC-Greensboro in Integrated Professional Studies with a focus on Public Health. LaShonda will graduate in the fall of 2019. Her plans include continuing at UNC Chapel Hill to pursue her Master’s in Public Health Behavior.
As a CWNC member she notes that she aspires to work for the CDC or NIH and “use my education to teach, prevent and work with communities that are vulnerable to educate regarding disease prevention.” She also works full-time and recently celebrated 15 years as a federal employee.
Congratulations to LaShonda!
Raleigh, NC November 2017- Rebecca Ancion enrolled at ECPI University in July 2017 after attending several other schools and trying to obtain a college degree to better her life. She has no support system except for her husband. She also has a 14-year-old son. Every time Becky gets on her feet, something comes along to knock her down. She is a bartender when she is not at school, and has gotten laid off several times. She now has a new job she just started in Clayton, NC. Her husband is in sales and was selling RV’s and mobile homes. However, due to the fall/winter season, sales are down, and he was laid off last week (second time this year). Since they were homeless for a while before he got his job, the mobile home business allowed Becky, their son, and him to live in one of their used mobile homes until they could get on their feet. Now that he is laid off and has no job, his company has told him he must be out of the mobile home they are living in by Friday.
Due to this hardship, this couple has no money for a deposit or first month’s rent. They both have new jobs now and can pay the rent moving forward, but need a boost to get into a new home, which is expensive. Therefore, we are using $500 of the monies donated to ECPI University from Connected Women of NC to help Becky Ancion get on her feet so that she can complete her education and stay in college. If it weren’t for Connected Women of NC, Becky and her family would be homeless by Friday, November 24. Becky has found a home to start renting this weekend due to this generosity.
Thanks so much to Connected Women of NC for helping Becky and for being a friend to ECPI University and its students. Becky is very serious about becoming a Medical Assistant and has a 4.0 GPA. Although she is suffering badly financially, she has only missed 31 hours of class throughout her hardships. She is very grateful and thanks everyone for their assistance. She says we are all life changers and her greatest Thanksgiving blessing. This is what the holiday season is all about.
June 26, 2017
Dear Connected Women of North Carolina,
As I sit here typing this note, I am filled with gratitude and wish to express my deep thanks for your generous gift of investing in my education at Wake Technical Community College. It is because of you that I may be able to pursue a degree in Human Services.
My goal is to counsel others who may be facing struggles in their life, and to help improve their lives, so that they may be able to succeed and reach their goals. Upon reading the description of the Connected Women of North Carolina, my desire of wanting to help others has deepened even more. I want to help empower women and mentor them, helping them to create their future and succeed.
Once again, I thank you for believing in me and helping me to achieve my goals.
Christi A. Sanner
July 1, 2017
Words cannot truly express the depth of my gratitude to your organization for awarding me this scholarship. I am truly grateful to Connected Women of NC for your generosity and support in helping me achieve my goals of finishing my associate’s degree and beginning my new professional career in Medical Office Administration.
This scholarship will afford me the opportunity to focus on my academic endeavors, allowing me to further my leadership and professional skills. This scholarship is truly a blessing, and I feel validated and humbled by your organization’s charity. I hope to be able to pay this kindness forward in order to make a difference within the community.
Due to a traumatic car accident two years ago this July, I have developed some chronic health issues. But, because of these issues, I have developed a deeper understanding of disabilities and medical conditions, in general. I decided to go back to school in order to make a difference in the lives of those affected by health problems. The kindness and support from the Connected Women of NC will help me to be able to give back to those in need. Thank you for supporting my efforts to become a professional and future leader within the Raleigh community.
Sarah BadoreCAROLINA CAREER COLLEGE
Durham, NC, August 22, 2016 —Connected Women of NC (CWNC), a growing Triangle-based organization dedicated to helping professional women network and succeed in the technology field, awarded two scholarships, valued at $500.00 each.
These two scholarships are the first of more that the non-profit group plans to give out in the future as part of their commitment to promote education, exposure, and experience to women in North Carolina.
In her scholarship application, Ms. Melissa Kennebrew highlighted her experience in the military as a transportation operator, and her commitment to expanding her skills to work toward a career in the technology field.
Ms. Kate Strickland shared in her application the journey she’s taken through various jobs, to find her way to a career she is passionate about – technology. She envisions working for an IT company in the next several years, after completing her courses at Carolina Career College.
“We are so thrilled to partner with Carolina Career College to honor Melissa and Kate in their studies and help them move forward in their careers. They are both inspiring, amazing women”, said Dawn Barnett, Co-President of Connected Women of North Carolina.
Ms. Kennebrew and Ms. Strickland currently attend Carolina Career College. The check presentation took place at 5:30pm in the lobby of Carolina Career College, 5400 S. Miami Blvd., #140, Durham NC 27703.
Durham, NC, December 9, 2016 —Connected Women of NC (CWNC), a growing Triangle-based organization dedicated to helping professional women network and succeed in the technology field, awarded their 2016 CWNC – Carolina Career College Scholarship.
Cynthia Mitchell of Garner, NC, is the 2016 recipient for the CWNC Annual Scholarship. Valued at $5,000, the scholarship winner will use her award towards the Systems Administrator program at Carolina Career College. Each program includes certification training and career placement assistance. In addition, Cynthia will receive a 12-month membership to Connected Women of North Carolina.
Cynthia is passionate about technology. In 2015, Cynthia completed her Masters of Information Systems with a concentration in Computer Security Management from Strayer University. She’s currently employed at NC Department of Information Technology Services. In addition to her focus on technology, Cynthia is active in her church, participating in a women’s bible study group, performing with an all-female gospel group, ministering in song at church events, fund-raisers and family functions.
This scholarship is one of several that the non-profit group has awarded over the past two years, as part of their commitment to promote education, exposure, and experience to women in North Carolina.
Representatives from Connected Women of North Carolina and Carolina Career College will present the scholarship to the recipient at 12pm on Friday, December 16th.
NEW HORIZONS COMPUTER LEARNING CENTERS of CENTRAL and EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA
On December 22, 2015 a growing Triangle-based organization dedicated to helping professional women network and succeed in the technology field will award its first scholarship.
In her award application, Rose Harris discusses how she returned home after serving 21 years in the military to be her ailing mother’s caregiver. After working two jobs following her military service, Harris desired to make a career change to Information Technology to “build upon the skills I’ve learned in the military and increase my skill knowledge.” Ms. Harris will pursue a career in the rapidly growing Cybersecurity field while training in the Security and Network Infrastructure Specialist program at New Horizons Computer Learning Centers of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
“We are so thrilled to partner with Carolina Career College to honor Rose Harris in her studies and help her move forward in her career. She is an amazing woman”, said Dawn Barnett, President of Connected Women of North Carolina.
Ms. Harris began classes on December 14th, and the check presentation took place on Tuesday, December 22nd in the lobby of Carolina Career College, 5400 S. Miami Blvd., #140, Durham NC 27703. Representatives from Connected Women of North Carolina and Carolina Career College were on hand. Carolina Career College offers Information Technology training and career placement assistance.