CONTINUING EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS
WIM3 is dedicated to the process of developing long-term, mutually beneficial relationships and cultivating new opportunities for collaboration through a supportive exchange of ideas and resources. One of the ways we fulfill this mission in our communities is through offering scholarship opportunities to women pursuing higher education. WIM3 fundraises year round through monthly raffles, donations, and special events to make scholarships available.
In 2018 we were proud to offer one $1,000 Continuing Education Challenge Scholarship. This scholarship is designed to encourage and recognize a woman on her educational journey. It is designated for a woman who is beginning or continuing her further education at an accredited college or community college. Applicants must be permanent residents of McHenry County, have had an interruption in their education, AND have dealt with a challenge, be it physical, learning, emotional, or financial.
Educational plans, financial need, activities (extra-curricular and community), applicant essay, and at least one outside recommendations are all important considerations in awarding our scholarship. Please note that the Scholarship Committee reserves the right to reallocate or not award a scholarship depending on the extent of qualified applicants. the applicants will be notified in early May regarding selection.
THE APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS ENDED FOR 2018 AND A RECIPIENT HAS BEEN SELECTED. WIM3 WILL BE HONORING CATHY DANCZYK WITH A $1000 SCHOLARSHIP AND SHE WILL BE RECOGNIZED ON MAY 17TH. PLEASE SEE EVENTS SECTION TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT.
MEET OUR 2018 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
Cathy Danczyk has been a resident of McHenry County for 45 years. She is a single mother of three children Samantha 28, Micheal 23, and Rosemary 19. She is a Full-time student at McHenry County College pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Health and Fitness Education. She is working towards becoming a Certified Personal Trainer. She enjoys volunteering with the Northern Illinois Special Recreation Associated in the fitness center at school where she works one on one with special needs clients. Her goal is to work with special population clients, especially people who suffer mental illness once she completes her education. Her hope is to use her personal experience to motivate and inspire others through exercise. When she is not buried under a pile of books she enjoys riding her bike, exercising, and spending time with her kids.
MEET OUR 2017 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Kara Lentine lives in Lake in the Hills with her two parents and four siblings. Throughout her four years of high school she was involved and participated in the Dance Team. This involvement in school gave her the ability to represent her school while gaining new experiences and friendships. She also participated in the National Honor Society and Best Buddies Adaptive P.E. class. These extra curricular activities allowed her to serve others in her surrounding community and have given her the opportunity to help students with intellectual and development disabilities. She believes that she has learned more from these students that what they have learned from her. She has learned to appreciate life and understand that no obstacle should interfere with your goals.
Sydney Randle is a student residing in McHenry with her little sister and parents. She has worked very hard at Johnsburg High School to make herself successful in college and continues to do so as the year finishes up. Sydney is dedicated to helping people and she hopes to go into the medical field as an OB/GYN after completing college. She is always busy doing something in the community. She believes that you can always get through your struggles, no matter what, which is something she learned through- out her life. All it takes is a little bravery and some help from the people around you.
Sandra Fuit is currently enrolled in the Nursing Program at McHenry County College. She has worked very hard to get where she is and has accumulated almost three years of experience as a nursing assistant. She is currently an associate through Centegra Health System working in the medical-surgical unit. She is in her second semester of nursing school and will be graduating in May of 2018 at 22 years old. When she has obtained her license, Sandra plans to gain experience by working in the emergency room or intensive care unit where there is unique exposure to a larger variety of challenges allowing her to expand her knowledge in critical care before she moves to any other unit. After that, her intentions are to continue her education pursuing a Master's in Science of Nursing to become either a Nurse Practitioner or a Nurse Educator. As each semester passes, her motivation increases and reinforces her belief that she is academically able and ready to achieve her goal of becoming a Registered Nurse.
MEET OUR 2016 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Patrice Jones is a single parent of two children and is a resident of Woodstock, IL. She is currently attending McHenry County College pursuing a two year nursing program. She was taught at an early age that hard work, consistency, determination and faith will lead you to a life filled with success and numerous blessings. On July 17th, 2015 she was given a second chance at life when she received a kidney and pancreas dual transplant. During that time, she was surrounded by caring, compassionate and talented healthcare professionals. This experience Patrice says, "resonated with me that this is truly my calling. Life is precious and I am going to live, love, give and bring laughter to others every chance I get".
My name is Amber Sena, and I am a 2016 graduate of McHenry High School West Campus. I live in McHenry, IL with my parents and two sisters (one older, one younger). Throughout high school I was very active in sports including basketball and softball. I have been an instructor for youth basketball camps and also an umpire for a youth recreational softball association. I was a member of the Environmental Club,National Honor Society, and Warrior Nation. Outside of school I am a member of Zion Lutheran Church's youth group, and have attended several national youth conferences for Lutheran teens, called Higher Things.
In the fall I will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where I was also accepted into the University Honors Program. I will be majoring in Physical Education,and plan to minor in Sports Journalism.
At this very moment I plan on studying Elementary Education with an ESL endorsement. I am hoping to study abroad in Finland at some point for their education system. I can not thank the board enough for picking me. It is a great honor to be picked and will also help a lot with the college costs I will encounter this coming semester.