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Downey Woman’s Club Hands Out Scholarships And Donations

Recipients of the 2013 and 2009 scholarships and President and VP of the Woman's Club of Downey Foundation, Linda Dong and Shirlee MacDowell

Recipients of the 2013 and 2009 scholarships and President and VP of the Woman’s Club of Downey Foundation, Linda Dong and Shirlee MacDowell

It was a very busy day of giving at the Woman’s Club of Downey. At the General Meeting on Wednesday, June 5, the Woman’s Club presented $500 to the Friends of the Downey City Library and $500 to the Downey Symphony designated for their Music in the School Program. Pat Smith, President of the Friends of the Downey City Library, accepted the donation on their behalf.
Shirlee MacDowell, long time supporter of the Downey Symphony accepted the donation on the Symphony’s behalf. Both Pat Smith and Shirlee MacDowell are long time members and office holders of the WCD

At the same meeting the Woman’s Club of Downey awarded their annual Scholarships to our local students that acheived academic excellence. The Scholarship recipients for 2103 are:

Miss Christina Gibbs, from Downey High School. Miss Gibbs graduated from DHS this year with a 4.59 GPA and will be attending Standford in the Fall. Miss Gibbs accepted her scholarship and said, I can’t thank the Woman’s Club of Downey enough for assisting me in my education. Thank you so much.”

Miss Kaylie Greilach graduated this year from Warren High School with a 4.65 GPA and will be attending UCLA in the Fall. Miss Greilach addressed the club and said, ” …..I want to thank the Woman’s Club for this scholarship.. This is a great help towards financing my education ”

Suzanne Barkhurst, VP, Pat Smith, Cheryll Olson, Shirlee Macdowell. Accepting the $500 each to the Symphony & Library

Suzanne Barkhurst, VP, Pat Smith, Cheryll Olson, Shirlee Macdowell. Accepting the $500 each to the Symphony & Library

Miss Christine Diep graduated from the Downey Adult School in Court Reporting and said ” I am so very grateful to be a recipient of this scholarship. The Woman’s Club is very generous and I will definately put these funds to good use in furthering my career. ”

Also, present was a former recipient, Miss Dana Kendall. Miss Kendall graduated from Warren High School in 2009 and graduated from Brigham Young University this year: “I am so grateful for the Woman’s Club for their hard work and generosity . From the first year to my last at BYU, I would sometimes feel a great panic over the financing of my education. But then I would remember the Woman’s Club Scholarship, that was not just for one year, but every year for my 4 years at BYU This made all the differnece and I am so grateful.

Linda Dong, President of the Woman’s Club of Downey Foundation, gave an emotional and moving introduction to this year’s recipients and all past recipients in part said:. “……. We have been a foundation for 15 years and have given over $80,000.00 to the our local students achieiving academic excellence. There is no other joy greater than giving to these students who have worked so hard to acheive phenomenal grade point averages through their hard work, determination and discipline…… And it is with great pride and joy, the Woman’s Club presents these scholarships. The Woman’s Club has a long history of giving scholarships to local students”

Cheryll Olson, President of the WCD said: “Because the Foundation is separate from the parent organization and dedicated to a charitable purpose with clearly defined goals, people know exactly how their money will be used. Money donated to the Woman’s Club of Downey Foundation is clearly earmarked for scholarships”

For information in becoming a member of the Woman’s Club of Downey ( you do not have to live in Downey) please contact Jean Barrera at 562-861-1114
To donate to the foundation please contact Linda Dong at 626-288-8558

Written by Marie A Augimeri

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