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Douglas grads receive scholarships

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Susan Barry, WISE secretary; Shawnyne Garren, Chelsea Osborn and Pam Tompkins, WISE scholarship director.

Women Inspiring Service and Education recently awarded their annual scholarships during the May meeting and luncheon.

WISE holds raffles and other events throughout the year to raise money for the scholarship, which is open to any woman who is or will be attending Western Nevada College. It is especially geared for women who are re-entering the workforce after a hiatus or who are looking to update their job skills. The 2014 winners are Chelsea Osborn and Shawnyne Garren. Both young women's activities and achievements exemplify the basic principles WISE stands for, Women Inspiring Service and Education.

A $500 scholarship was awarded to Chelsea Osborn, an exceptional student at Douglas High School and member of the class of 2014. Chelsea is a fine scholar and an active participant in Douglas County Sheriff's Office Explorer Post 2105. Her exemplary contributions to the post resulted in her receiving the Explorer of the Year 2013. Because of her participation in the post, she has decided to become a police investigator. In the fall she will be attending WNC for her first two years of study. Throughout her high school years, Chelsea also participated in numerous other community activities.

WISE awarded a second scholarship of $250 to Shawnyne, who is currently employed in a senior staff position with Douglas County. When the economy took a downturn several years ago, Shawnyne recognized the need for a college education. While working full time, she has taken business classes at WNC working toward her A.A. degree. With a family, she has managed to participate in community activities while maintaining a stellar GPA.

WISE is a nonprofit organization that is open to all women, and it's not just for business networking. Our diverse group of women comes together for the purpose of sharing ideas, continued learning, business sense, and inspiration. The organization is dedicated to serving our community by offering educational opportunities for women, holding fundraising events for local charities and offer venues for continuing education. Visit the website, for details.

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