Submitted by: Kay Blue on 6/3/2020
The Democratic Women’s Club of Charlotte County is excited to announce the winners of its annual Betty Gissendanner Scholarship awards.
This year’s $1000 recipient is Annamaria Belevitch of Port Charlotte High School. Annamaria was the president of her school’s Model United Nations Team and plans to attend Columbia University in New York to prepare for a career in the U.S. Diplomatic Corps. Annamaria wrote the following in her application essay topic about why women in politics matter: “if more women occupied the political sphere, the promotion and advocacy for women’s education and feminism would be a significant focus of upcoming policies.”
The Democratic Women’s Club is also thrilled to announce the winners of two $500 runner-up scholarships: Tammy Flores of Port Charlotte High School and Sabrina Lefebvre of Lemon Bay High School.
Tammy was the president of her school’s Environmental Club and participated on the mock trial team for several years. Tammy has been accepted at Florida State University and plans to begin her college studies in nutritional science with the goal of becoming a medical doctor.
Sabrina Lefebvre participated in a variety of high school activities, including the Student Government Association and the girls’ weightlifting team. She plans to attend the University of Florida where she will study nursing with the goal of becoming a BSN and certified nurse anesthetist.
The recipients’ essays are available to read at the DWC’s Web site (dwccharlotte.com) on the Betty Gissendanner Scholarship page: https://dwccharlotte.com/betty-g-scholarship/ .
The Betty Gissendanner Memorial Scholarship is awarded to Charlotte County young women who are graduating from high school and are registered or pre-registered as Democrats. They are chosen based on the characteristics that illustrate the values that were so important to Betty as a Charlotte County Democrat: Civic Engagement, Equal Opportunity, Women’s Rights and Scholarship.
To learn more about the Betty Gissendanner Scholarship Fund, go to dwccharlotte.com . To donate to the fund make checks payable to the DWC of Charlotte Co. Betty Gissendanner Scholarship. Checks can be mailed to DWC Treasurer, DWC of Charlotte County, 3596 Tamiami Trail, Suite 202, Port Charlotte, FL 33952.