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Soroptimist International of Ashland awards $38,900 in scholarships and grants

Soroptimist International of Ashland awarded $38,900 to two local organizations and honored 11 women at the group's awards luncheon at the Ashland Springs Hotel on May 16. This annual event recognizes the achievements of women of all ages for their excellence in education, sports, or community service.

SI Ashland also accepted a departmental award from Ashland Police Chief Terry Holderness for supporting the annual Ashland Conference on Human Trafficking designed to educate law enforcement personnel and community members.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival FAIR Program was given $25,000 for the various fellowships, assistantships, internships and residencies offered at the Festival with special emphasis on women. SI Ashland staffs the OSF pillow and blanket kiosk as its major fundraiser and returns half of the annual proceeds to this OSF program.

The Soroptimist Strong Girls Strong Women program at Helman Elementary School was awarded $3,000 dollars for working to build self-esteem and interest in science and math in girls from kindergarten through the fifth grade. Malinda Wood, Helman Elementary School Office Manager, also received the Ruby Award for her significant contributions to the Strong Girls Strong Women program. Malinda selected the American Cancer Society to receive her $200 award.

Other Awardees

  • Stephanie Carr, Southern Oregon University Women's Athletic Award, $1,500.
  • Lauren Frazier, a Phoenix High School student, Vocational Technical Award, $500.
  • Maureen Page and Alex Kielsing, Ashland High School students, Vicki Smith Memorial Scholarships; each received $1,500.
  • Christa Tapp, an Ashland High School student, Violet Richardson Award, $200
  • Sherry Nurre (first place) and Tatsiana Asheichyk (2nd place), both SOU students, Southern Oregon University Women's Grant-in-Aid; each received $1,500.
  • Pam Roessler, an SOU graduate student, received the Southern Oregon University Fellowship Award.
  • Tenaya Kenner, an Ashland High School student, received the Traci Tedaldi Memorial Scholarship, $1,500.
  • Women's Opportunity Awards were awarded to Jackie L. Farrell (first place, $2,000), a Rogue Community College student, and Tawyna Ayala-Baker (second place, $1,000), an SOU student.

Soroptimist International is an international volunteer service organization helping to improve the lives of women and girls locally and throughout the world. For more information see www.soroptimist.org.