BWC offering scholarship to nontraditional students

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Bedford Women’s Club invites Bedford women not of a traditional age for school and enrolled in a post-secondary degree program to apply for scholarship assistance to continue study or training. Applications may be found at under the “Downloads” tab when the applicant clicks on “BWC Continuing Education Scholarship.” This application should be printed, completed and mailed to the Bedford Women’s Club Scholarship Committee, Attention: Corresponding Secretary, P.O. Box 10015, Bedford, NH 03110 before April 1.

The criteria for women who are nontraditional students include admission to a program in an accredited school, a personal statement, financial need, community involvement and work experience.

In 2010, Heather Avella, the mother of two young children, received the BWC Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students to enroll in a distance dietetic program through the University of Northern Colorado. In 2009, Ashley Jones received support to complete her program at the Connecticut Culinary Institute. While pursuing a master’s degree in gifted and talented education at the University of Connecticut, Cheri Schmitt received support from BWC. When her daughter was 24, Lynne Guimond Findlay received a scholarship to support her enrollment at the Franklin Pierce Law Center. When her daughter was 13, Bonnie Hoyt received a scholarship while enrolled in the New Hampshire Institute of Art. Mahboobeh Bahremandjooy, mother of two, received support to earn a degree in biochemistry at the University of New Hampshire. Beth Richeson received support for her study at Andover Newton Theological School.

The Bedford Women’s Club began giving scholarships to high school seniors in 1947. In the 1990s, the club added a scholarship for nontraditional students. For more information, call Bobbe Fairman at 472-5658 or Nancy Herper at 471-0892.

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