Orwell group offers women’s scholarships

— The General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Vermont (GFWC-Vermont), with a chapter locally in Orwell, announces the availability of scholarships for Vermont women who have been homemakers and who have lost their main means of support through separation or divorce from their spouse or the death, disability, or long term unemployment of their spouse. Eligible women are in need of education or training to enter the work force. Applicants must submit a specific plan for their education or training.

The scholarships range from $500 to$1500. This is the twenty-second year of awarding this financial aid, which is funded through contributions from the state federated clubs and individuals.

The scholarship is named for Barbara Jean Barker, late of Poultney, who served as a state federation president, 1992-’94, and who was instrumental in establishing the program. Women receiving the awards over the years have come from a wide range of towns in the state.

Applications for the scholarship can be obtained from Midge Tucker, midgetucker@gmail.com, 802-672-3086. They are also available locally from Orwell Fortnightly club members: Linda Oaks, loaks@shoreham.net, 802-897-2374 or Loretta Lee, lee@middlebury.edu, 802-948-2091. The deadline to receive applications is March 15. The scholarships will be awarded at the state federation’s annual meeting in May.

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