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Club awards scholarships, installs officers

PLANT CITY The GFWC Woman’s Club of Plant City recently held an annual spring social where scholarships were awarded and new officers were inducted into the club for two-year terms.

Incoming club president Nancy Miller said that she is looking forward to working on the service project that is set by the club’s state president during her term.

“It’s canines for veterans,” she said. “We’re going to do specific things for that and there are also a number of community service projects that we will be doing.”

This is the first term Miller will serve as president of the club on 1110 N. Wheeler St.

Additional officers inducted at the May 13 social were Karen Griggsby, first vice president; Patricia Tillman, second vice president; Sally James, third vice president; Catherine Jones, recording secretary; Judy Stewart, corresponding secretary; and Betty Astin, treasurer.

Students from Durant, Plant City and Strawberry Crest high schools who were awarded $1000 scholarships from the club were also honored at the event.

“They can use it for books, tuition, or whatever they want to use it for,” said club Education Co-Chairwoman Sylvia Knox.

A committee oversees the selection process, Knox said.

“We look at their academics, athletics and extracurricular activities; if they have jobs,” she said.

Scholarship recipients were Daniel Butler, Durant High; Jordan Genevie, Plant City High; Durant; and Ariel Blackwood; Strawberry Crest High.

Emily Molinowski of Plant City High School was this year’s HOBY (Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership) award recipient.

Knox said this year their scholarship program also includes a scholarship for women wanting to return to the workforce.

“This year we awarded one for a woman wanting to go back to work and school,” she said. “This is the first year we’re doing that.”

Brenda Truedell was this year’s recipient for the club’s Women Returning to Work scholarship.

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