The Sausalito Woman’s Club presented a record $61,000 in educational scholarships 40 high school graduates and college students from Sausalito and Marin City on Sunday, June 1.
< p>Twenty-three of the forty students were from Marin City.
The scholarships were awarded at a special ceremony and reception held at the Woman’s Club.
Sausalito Woman’s Club Scholarship Recognition Fund (SWCSRF) Chair Jean Patterson congratulated the students, praising them for their accomplishments.
Dr. Elizabeth Talley of Marin City, a pediatric nephrologist at Oakland’s Children’s Hospital and a clinical instructor at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, was the guest speaker. While a student, she received scholarships and support from the from the scholarship fund through college and medical school.
Talley spoke of her own journey to reach her dream and encouraged the students not to give up, that when one door shuts another will open.
Chautiana Thomas, a local singing talent, sang “A Hero Lies in You” at the event.
The scholarship program is supported solely by community fundraising and individual donations as well as commemorative and memorial gifts. This year, eight scholarships, named for individuals and organizations were awarded to the following students:
The Michael B Heyman Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Gian-Paul Bergeron, Sarah Leider and Silvana Meira.
The Sausalito Presbyterian Church Scholarship was awarded to Janay Garrard.
The Sausalito Woman’s Club Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Malachia Hoover.
The Nancy Debruyn/Shannon Bell Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Ramona Polk.
The Phil Frank Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Jason Rasmussen.
The Elaine B. Squires Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Jasmine Roary.
The SWC Scholarship Recognition Fund provides financial support, encouragement and acknowledgement to deserving students seeking higher education. The fund has awarded more than $820,000 in scholarships since its founding in 1956.
Recipients of the scholarships must be residents of either Sausalito or Marin City and planning to attend an accredited college, graduate school or vocational or arts institution.
For information, go to http://sausalitowomansclub.org/scholarship