April 2016 Awards

This week Soroptimist honored aspiring young women with the following awards.

The Betty Boles Award (for women who are completing a training program and re-entering the workplace) was given to Teresa Victoria Cordova who is now attending Butte College and aspires to become a writer.

We also presented scholarships to six local graduating seniors as part of President Kim Lange's "Education Is Key" special project. Kim created the “Education Is Key Scholarships” as her special one-time project to support young women graduating this spring who have chosen a career goal and are committed to pursuing further education or training in the Fall of 2016 as their first step toward achieving that goal.

These young women demonstrate the potential and motivation to succeed in an academic environment as well as in their chosen career paths. These scholarships also align with the Soroptimist global program “Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls”.

The following recipients have chosen wonderful career goals and demonstrate the potential to succeed in the further education and path they are pursuing in order to achieve those goals.

(FEATURED IMAGE ABOVE: "Education is Key" awardees (seated) Elaina Carey, Claire Emerson, Courtney German (standing) Shannon Milliken, Lauren Moxon, Sophie Zukoski. Far right (standing): "Betty Boles awardee Teresa Victoria Cordova)

Betty Bowles Award Recipient

Teresa Victoria Cordova ~"Late is always, always better than never
Teresa is currently working part time at the Butte College call center and is going to school part time as well. She received her Associate of Arts degree in Language Arts in 2015 and her long term goal is to transfer to Chico State and get a Bachelor’s degree in English. Teresa would like to write someday. She is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Teresa likes to write and spend time with her partner traveling to new places. Teresa has two daughters and a grandson.

Education is Key Recipients Include:

Elaina Carey
Elaina is a senior at Chico High School where she maintains a 4.0 GPA while also playing softball and doing charity work for the humane society, Empty Bowls, and Run for Food. Her goal is to become a Psychiatrist and she has been accepted to the Psychology program at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Following her Bachelor's degree, she is looking forward to the challenge of attending Medical school.

Claire Emerson
Also graduating from Chico High, Claire plans to become a Veterinarian. She will be majoring in Agriculture Science at Butte College before transferring to a four-year college. She is very active in FFA and other student activities (including Yearbook editor) and will will also be taking the Regional Occupational Program (ROP) Vet Assistant course this coming year.

Courtney German
Courtney attends Inspire High School and will also begin her higher education at Butte College before transferring to a university. Her long term goal is to own a zoo! Her major will be Agricultural Business and although she enjoys the performing arts, it is her love of animals and wildlife that has propelled her toward a career working with animals.

Shannon Milliken
Shannon is a Senior at Pleasant Valley High School and has been accepted to CA State University, Chico where she plans to major in Speech Pathology and minor in Child Development. After obtaining a Master's Degree, Shannon plans to create her own private practice. She is a well-rounded student actively participating in golf, basketball, theater, student leadership, and volunteer work.

Lauren Moxon
Lauren has chosen a career as an Interventional Radiology Technician. While attending Chico High School, she has consistently maintained over a 4.0 GPA and is currently the Student Body President and a marathon runner. Lauren is in an ROP for medical and hospital careers and has volunteered over 250 hours at Enloe Hospital. Her plan is to attend Baylor University for a Bachelor's degree in radiology and start as an X-ray technician with the goal of working her way up to an Interventional Radiology unit.

Sophie Zukoski
Sophie could be described as the quintessential graduate from Inspire School of the Arts and Sciences—she intends to combine her education in both the visual arts and sciences with a career as a Medical Illustrator. She has been accepted to the University of Oregon where she intends to keep studying both the life sciences like biology and anatomy and the visual arts and to follow that with a graduate degree. Sophie has also participated in a wide variety of extra-curricular and volunteer community service activities