Here are videos from a few of our 2023 Cuesta College Re-entry Female Student Scholarship recipients. MORE INFO & PHOTOS OF SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION
South Bay Women’s Network (SBWN) awarded (11) scholarships of $500 each this year to Cuesta College female students. Funds for these scholarships were raised through this year’s $40 for 40 Year Fundraiser, Garden Party Scholarship Benefit, a scholarship donation from SLO Women’s Network and generous donations from SBWN members and supporters. Potential recipients either submitted an application themselves or were nominated, and each was required to be a female Cuesta College re-entry student, defined in the educational system as one who attends college following an interruption in their post-high school education.
Presentation of our Scholarship winners was held on December 5, 2023 at The Savory Palette Wine Bar in Morro Bay.
Thank you to our Scholarship Interview Committee, Valerie Parillo (pictured with all the recipients), Denise Lowe and Karen Wilson.
Angelica Aguirre/Psychiatric Technician
Micaela Baldwin-Granger/Criminal Justice
Cassandra Booker/Addiction Treatment Studies
Peyton Ellis/Nutrition & Dietetics (not pictured)
Norma Esguerra/Criminal Justice with Photography
Danielle Hernandez/Business Administration
Sophie Kinnebrew/Welding and Steel Cutting
Jennifer Pina/ Psychiatric Technician
Alyssa Salazar/ AST Nutrition and Dietetics,AS AA in Communications
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On Tuesday, November 7th we partied like it is 1983 with food, wine, 80’s music and trivia plus good friends at The Savory Palette. Loved the variety 80’s fashion and enjoyed a tasty taco bar. Thank you to our members and guests for joining us!
Thank you to all the members and guests who attended our party to kick off fundraising for our 2023 Scholarship Program. All proceeds from tickets, raffle and plant sale will benefit the SBWN Cuesta College Adult Women Re-Entry Student Scholarship program. South Bay Women’s Network started the Scholarship Program in 2000 to benefit adult women re-entry students attending Cuesta College.
Join us again this year Wednesday, May 24th for our beautiful outdoor fundraiser being held at the display garden located at Sage Ecological Landscapes. The event will begin at 5:30 pm and will be catered by The Savory Palette, who are members of SBWN. Beer and non-alcoholic beverages will be available. Bring your chairs or a blanket to spread out on the meadow.
Sage Ecological Landscapes is located at 1301 Los Osos Valley Road, Los Osos
All proceeds from tickets, raffle and plant sale will benefit the SBWN Cuesta College Adult Women Re-Entry Student Scholarship program. South Bay Women’s Network started the Scholarship Program in 2000 to benefit adult women re-entry students attending Cuesta College. Over the years, SBWN has presented 128 scholarships totaling approximately $48,500. Contribution to our program will help us provide even more scholarships for women who need our support in transforming their lives and the lives of their families.
Entry fee*: $25/members – $30/guests
*Entry fee donation includes one (1) ticket for an alcoholic beverage and (1) raffle ticket.
- Catering by The Savory Palette
- Wine poured by the Denise Lowe, Goddess of Wine
- Live Music provided by Les Beck
- Plant Sale
- Garden Games … and more!
Proceeds Benefit SBWN 2023 Scholarship Program.
My name is Valerie Parillo and I am Co-Chair of the SBWN Scholarship Committee. This program is important to me because of my own past experiences. I wanted to be an RN. I was married with children and it was my educational dream. I went back to school and 8 years later I was an RN. People often said to me that they would like to do something but it would take too long. I thought, well, the time will go by anyway and I might as well keep moving towards my goal. I took a little time off as I became a single Mom and then I wanted a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, so 3 years later I accomplished that. Another break and my final goal was ready to be met. Four years later, I had a Master’s Degree and was a Nurse Practitioner. I went to school for 15 out of 23 years but at the end of that time, I had met my educational goals. I received a number of scholarships and fellowships during my school years. They meant so much to me. Financially, it was helpful, but just as helpful was having someone believe in me. A scholarship is a tangible expression of belief in someone. So if you have a dream, just keep showing up and working on it and reach out for help when you need it.