Three Hillsborough women receive opportunity grants
NORTH TAMPA - Three Hillsborough County women have received Women's Opportunity Awards from the Tampa chapter of Soroptimist, an international womenís organization that works to improve the lives of women and girls. The cash awards are for education and job skills training, and may be used for tuition, books and child care or transportation to attend school. The recipients are Heather Kaminski of North Tampa; Georgia Lawrence of Lutz; and Denise Wilburn of East Tampa. Kaminsky, 27, is the single mother of three children, ages 13, 10 and 2, including her younger sister whom she adopted after their mother died. Kaminsky will complete her associate of arts degree at St. Petersburg College this spring and plans to apply for the nursing program there.Lawrence, 21, is working toward a bachelorís degree in criminology and international studies at the University of South Florida. At age 16, Lawrence had to assume most of the care of her younger brothers when their mother was severely injured in an accident. She wants to become a lawyer. Wilburn, 38, works full-time and attends Hillsborough Community College to earn an an associateís degree in liberal arts. She and her husband have five children from 12 to 22 years old. In 2007, her husband lost his job because of an injury. Although he has received training for a new profession, he has been unable to find employment. She hopes to earn a bachelorís degree in business management. The awards were presented at a March 23 luncheon with the money earned by club members through plant sales and other fundraisers. For information about Soroptimist International of Tampa, email firstname.lastname@example.org.