Scholarship … Spring 2016

by Jackie Lottermoser

2016 Scholarship Report to the Board

In October 2015 I reported that we had 12 Scholarship Girls that received awards. We now have 10. By the end of 2015, one girl has competed a course in Pastries and Baking from Erie Community College, and another girl has completed a 4 year course in Education from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, in 3 ½ years!!! The 2nd girl is substitute teaching and is very hopeful for a full time position in the Lock Haven area this fall.

On January 19, 2016, I mailed letters to 23 Scholarship Association Counterparts asking them to start getting out the word that ABWM Scholarships were available for the 2016-2017 year, and asking them to forward my letter to all their local Baptist Church Liaisons.

In that letter, I asked them to check their church files to make sure that all the applications had the deadline date of JUNE 1st, and that when they gave out an application that they made sure that they included the instructions and check list. These include very important and helpful information for the applicant, such as an itemized list of exactly what must be included with each application and stressed several times that all pertinent documents must be post marked by June 1st in order for the applicant to be considered for Scholarship. Good News!! I have already received a request for an application for 2016-2017.

At the end of January, I sent each 2015-2016 Scholarship Girl a letter to remind them that if they were continuing their education they were welcome to reapply with us for the 2016-2017 school year. I also included an application, instructions and check list for their convenience and told them I was looking forward to hearing from them before June 1st.

I have written and article for our ABWM website about one of our past Scholarship Girls, Michelle DuMond, who we helped for 7 years. She started in 2004 at Cornell University as a major in Biological Sciences and her story follows her to Stony Brook University where she majored in Medicine and graduated in 2014. She is now completing her 2nd year of a 3 year residency at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her current rotation has been working with Frankly Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse in New Guinea as a Missionary Doctor.

I am not going to tell you any more about this amazing young woman at this point because after speaking with Michelle’s mom for permission, I decided to let Michelle tell her own story by selecting quotes from letters she wrote to her ABW Association churches. I have sent the article to Rebecca Walters who will be placing it on our website in sections, starting on May 27th, as a continuing story of “A Scholarship Girl’s Dreams Coming True.”

Hopefully it will stimulate interest in those looking for a scholarship. A direct link to the article is on my display and will be in the Witness so you can all read the full story about Michelle, who since she was a young girl, has dreamed about becoming a Medical Missionary.

In His Service,

Jackie

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