The Woman’s Exchange of St. Augustine awarded eight scholarships to women who are enhancing their opportunities through courses leading to degrees from St. Johns River State College.
The Woman’s Exchange adopted its scholarship program in 2000. The first award was made in 2001. Today, the Woman’s Exchange makes multiple awards annually of $1,000 each to women who are pursuing college studies to have greater opportunities in the work force, or, who are returning to the workforce after being away from it for various reasons.
The Woman’s Exchange scholarship committee, chaired this year by Diane Key, reviewed applications and selected the recipients. They are:
Woman’s Exchange Scholarships: Antoinette Dendler, Diana Farina, Yvonne Haire and Jennifer Pennington.
The Bessey Family Scholarship in Memory of Donald Bessey: Melissa Hagerman.
The Bessey Family Scholarship In memory of Christine Bessey Jonswold: Neonilla Hanekom.
Talmage-Noyes Endowment: Mary Givens.
The Riggle Family Scholarship: Jennifer Cahan.
The Woman’s Exchange also has an award fund at First Coast Technical to assist women enrolled in their job-training programs.
The scholarship funds are derived from an annual breakfast prior to the March regular meeting, additional member contributions, memorials, and Exchange revenues from other activities. In addition to the Woman’s Exchange scholarships, there are four named awards established by individual members.
The Woman’s Exchange was founded in 1892 and is celebrating its 125th anniversary of community service. The multiple missions of the Woman’s Exchange are: to help women achieve economic stability, promote hand-crafting through the sale of fine-quality, unique items made by consignors, and to show and preserve the historic Peña-Peck House, 143 St. George St. Tours are offered daily. For information, call the gift shop at 829-5064, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit the website, http://www.penapeckhouse.com or, go to the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/PenaPeckHouse.