With their most recent donation, contributions from the Parker County Women's and Newcomers' Club to the Weatherford College Foundation have crossed the $100,000 mark. Bob Glenn, WC Foundation president, thanked the club's Scholarship Committee at the college Tuesday.
"This Club's generosity has made college education a reality for dozens of students over the years," Glenn said. "They should be really proud of what they have accomplished for this community." Established in 1975, PCWNC began its WC scholarship program in 1998. The scholarship is earmarked for female students on non-traditional age from Parker, Palo Pinto, Jack, Hook or Wise counties.
The club funds its scholarship primarily through membership dues, donations and fundraisers.
"Not only does the club provide scholarships, they also serve as mentors to their students," said Brent Baker, WC vice president of institutional advancement. "They invite the students to their monthly meetings and send them care packages during finals week and other times during the year. It's a very special relationship."
Parker Country Women’s and Newcomers' Club was founded in 1975 to welcome newcomers to Weatherford and to promote social and service projects for all Parker County women.
In 1998 the Club discussed what service project they could support with their minor means of a few hundred dollars. One member suggested a scholarship fund. This small suggestion sparked a dream that involved helping nontraditional students such as mothers or women returning to school.
That vision is now the reality of our Weatherford College Scholarship program and our vision continues to expand. Applicants must apply through WC.
In 1999 we awarded our first $1,000 scholarship. Our scholarships can cover tuition, books, fees, and supplies to women who could otherwise only dream of expanding their education.
Our scholarship program is supported totally through a variety of activities. Some of those activities are our Club Shop, annual Silent Auction, and Scholarship luncheon. Our members help us continue to provide dreams for our future scholarship recipients.
Holley Barash graduated from Weatherford College graduated on May 8th with a degree in science. She has been admitted to a sonography program and will start August 23rd. She’s excited, nervous and scared all at the same time.
Holley is the first in her family to go to college and is the mother of three girls, all while working three jobs. She is pursuing her degree in sonography and wants to eventually work in a children’s hospital.
Here is a video she made to thank the club for the opportunity our scholarship has given her.
Thank you members for your continued support of scholarship program. Each one of you is making a difference in the future of these women.
Sandra Rivera is our newest scholarship student and is enrolled in the LVN program at Weatherford College. She has two more semesters to complete the program. Sandra is the single mother of an 11-year-old. After attending school full time during the week, she works double shifts at a nursing home in Mineral Wells on the weekends. Her passion is working with older adults and doing special things with them. Her goal is to become a RN and work at Cooks Hospital. She is a very positive and energetic person. Sandra was elated to be selected for this funding after having to take out student loans for her first semester.