Meagan Augugliaro was awarded $700 for the cost of a Shenandoah University course. Meagan is a young single woman whose goal is to become a forensic nurse. She is currently working two jobs to pay her own way through nursing school at Shenandoah University. She has been working as a Certified Nursing Assistant for 3.5 years to pay for schooling. She works two jobs at Winchester Medical Center and Warren Memorial Hospital. Wanting to learn a different side of healthcare and public service, she became an active member and volunteer at Front Royal Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company 1 in her spare time. She is set to graduate in May of 2014 with a current GPA of 3.8. She requested funds to pay for an elective class in sexual assault investigation, domestic abuse and general forensic medical nursing.
Thank you to EVERYONE who came out for our Dare to Dream breakfast!
Our annual Women's History Month and Dare to Dream Breakfast was held at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club on a brilliant Thursday morning, March 20. This annual event brings women from throughout the county together to honor our new Dare to Dream Grant winners, our Elaine Bromfield Memorial Scholarship recipient, and this year our annual Girl Grant recipient. This year's theme was Celebrating Women of Courage, Character and Commitment and we were proud to have Dr. Mary Ann Biggs, a long-time educator and local community activist, as our speaker.
Eight of our grant and scholarship recipients were able to attend the breakfast and share with us their dreams and hopes. Those in attendance were Holly Goode, Kathy McLendon, Nastassia Lee, Meagan Augugliaro, Kristie Brown, Devin Higginson, Barbara Jennings and Katherine Davis. Each recipient shared a little of her story and what she hoped to do with the grant which was most inspiring. Pam Price, a 2012 Dare to Dream grant recipient, spoke about how her life has evolved since receiving the grant and how the grant helped her find her way. In her words from a follow-up email, "I was truly honored to speak and it was an especially inspiring group this year. It reminded me of when I first found you guys and encourages me to keep moving toward my goals."