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.
2022 Scholarship Winners
South Bay Women’s Network (SBWN) awarded (10) scholarships of $750 each this year to Cuesta College female students. Funds for these scholarships were raised through this year’s Halloween Party & 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 7, 2022 at The Savory Palette Wine Bar in Morro Bay.
- Rebekah Bridgeman – AS of Science, Animal Rehab
- Janet Brown – RN prerequisites
- Amanda Earles – RN Prerequisites
- Cassandra Grinolds – Human Development/Services, Addiction Studies
- Elena Ikeda Psychology/Child Development
- Louise (Nicole) Johnson – Addiction Treatment Studies
- Sonia Nevarez Lozano – Human Development/Services
- Mariah Olquin – Library Technician Certification
- Ella Rutstein – Paralegal with an eventual goal to be a lawyer
- Marta Suarez – LVN Program
April Membership Evening Meeting & Mixer at The Savory Palette
Member Only Event – Make Heavy Things Light
Member Only event held on March 19th at Goldilock’s Chiropractic.
2021 Scholarship Winners
South Bay Women’s Network (SBWN) awarded (11) scholarships of $500 each this year to Cuesta College re-entry female students. 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. Funds for these scholarships were raised through the Garden Party Scholarship Benefit, SLO Witches Paddle and generous donations from SBWN members and supporters.
Presentation of our Scholarship winners was held on December 14, 2021 at The Savory Palette Wine Bar in Morro Bay.
- Alexis Ackell – Goal – Elementary School Teacher
- Josephine Agoruah Goal – Psychology/Marriage Counseling
- Angelita Castellanos – Goal – Nutrition/Culinary Arts
- Marissa Hazelwood – Goal – LVN to RN
- Ashlee Jenson – Goal – Science Teacher
- Somer Maas – Goal – Guidance Counselor in Elementary School
- Rachael Massey – Goal – Psychology
- Courtney Niemeyer – Goal – LVN
- Zoe Rice – Goal – Elementary School Teacher
- Sjana Salazar – Goal – Working in Addiction Program
- Veronica Williams – Goal – Opening Needs Based Daycare Center
Scholarship Program Gets Support from 2021 Witches Paddle
This year the Annual Witches Paddle collected donations to support our Cuesta College female re-entry scholarships. Thank you to SBWN Event Director Gila Zak for coordinating this collaboration with Annette Ausseresses of Paddle SLO.
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