by Cindy Heaton 



Girl's Career Institute delegate Katherine Callahan with  Norma Rung, Education Chairperson of the Hopatcong Women's Club


The Hopatcong Woman’s Club has been awarding scholarships for over 30 years. This year we received applications from 25 amazing students who wrote about their life, achievements, and hope for the future. Two outstanding Hopatcong High School Seniors will receive our Elma Lant Scholarships of $1,000 each.


Brittany Bastedo is going to attend Montclair State University to pursue a career in teaching children with special needs. She already has experience as a volunteer working with multiple disabled and autistic children.


Dylan See, raised by a hardworking single mom, will be attending Albright College in Reading, PA where he will pursue a degree in Psychology. He wants to be a clinical psychologist in order to help kids with problems. He has also received the provost’s academic scholarship from Albright.

We are also presenting our Ruth Gates Scholarship of $500 to Denise Giaccione, a mother of three and graduate of Sussex Community College whose ambition is to get a Bachelor in Social Work from Rutgers University.


Additionally, the Hopatcong Woman’s Club is sponsoring Katherine Callahan, a deserving Hopatcong High School junior, to attend GCI (Girl’s Career Institute) at Douglass College. It is a four-day program, June 11-14, 2012, that offers delegates a "mini college experience." The young women will sample college life by living in a dorm, eating in a cafeteria, attending lectures and participating in workshops. The program’s aim is to acquaint students with college life and allow them to explore possible career opportunities while networking with other delegates from all over the state.


All local women looking to form new friendships and to find a special niche or pet project of interest to them are encouraged to contact Membership Chairperson Selma Reichert at 973-770-4989. To learn more about the NJSFWC (New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs),  click here

 and to learn more about the GFWC (General Federation of Women's Clubs), click here .

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