Soroptimist of Somerset County awards scholarships
Tracy Shultz (right), Women's Opportunity Award committee member, presented the award to Kelly Purbaugh. A second place was given to Tammy Kearns. (Submitted photo / May 15, 2013)
The group presented a total of $2,150 to three senior scholarships, three Violet Richardson awards, two Women's Opportunity awards as well as a donation in honor of the Ruby Award.
The senior scholarships were presented to David Beahr from Windber, Sabrina Beal from Rockwood and Amanda Barclay from Somerset by Wendy Stemple, Soroptimist Scholarship chairwoman. The scholarships were based on a well-rounded student. Academics, essay, extracurricular activities, references and need were considered when looking at the 30 entries received.
The Violet Richardson awards recognize girls' volunteer efforts in their local communities. Paula Sager, Soroptimist Violet Richardson chairwoman, presented Megan Yachere with first place, Sabrina Beal with second place and Emily Fitzgerald received third place.
Tracy Shultz, right, Women's Opportunity Award committee member, presented the award to Kelly Purbaugh. Purbaugh is a single mother continuing her education in nursing at Allegany Community College of Maryland, Somerset Campus.
A second place was given to Tammy Kearns. This program assists women by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and job prospects.
The Soroptimist Ruby Award honors women who have worked to improve the lives of women and girls through their professional and/or volunteer work. Barb Davies of Somerset is this year's Ruby Award winner. Davies serves on the board of The Children's Aid Home Programs of Somerset County. A donation was made by the club to the Aid Home in her honor.
Soroptimist means "best for women" and that's what the organization strives to be — women at their best helping other women to be their best.