Seasongood Education Award Winners, May 2020
While WCC’s spring Seasongood Luncheon — a festive event featuring a speaker who is prominent in her field — had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus closures, the education awards made in conjunction with it continued as planned.
The Woman’s City Club of Greater Cincinnati established the Agnes Seasongood Education Awards to encourage responsible civic awareness among local high school seniors who identify as female. Students are invited to submit a one-page essay on the topic of “Growing Into Citizenship: Trusting My Voice and Making It Heard,” along with a letter of recommendation from a school counselor, teacher, or principal. Recipients are selected using a holistic approach with multiple readers who focus on what entrants have specifically done thus far and how they plan to continue to find their voices and make them heard.
This year we received nearly 50 submissions from nearly 30 area schools. Six $1,000.00 education awards were presented:
- Aissatou Barry (Taft) wrote about volunteering and her involvement in groups for young women, such as Girls in STEM and Women Writing for a Change, in her adopted city of Cincinnati. She is fluent in four languages.
- Graciela Grunkemeyer (Beechwood) told us the story of her mother and her Abuelo Hector. She advocates for Latino students in Northern Kentucky, and is the first student at Beechwood to be recognized by National Merit as a National Hispanic Scholar.
- Madison Kimber-Crutcher (DePaul Cristo Rey) wrote about her mother’s struggle with kidney disease. She plans to go into nursing, and currently co-ops through DePaul Cristo Rey at Mercy Health Anderson.
- Emma Krebs (West Clermont) wrote about challenges faced by women (including herself) pursuing a medical degree. Not only does she have the highest GPA in the history of her school, she also volunteers at the library, local hospital, Camp Cardiac, and a church group, and tutors students during her lunch bell.
- Dailey Moore (Taylor) wrote about being a self-advocate while living with a hearing impairment. She has traveled to Japan as a summer exchange student. She plans to attend the University of Cincinnati in the fall.
- Anastasia Pohlgeers (Campbell County) describes herself as “bent, not broken,” after her experiences in foster care. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear recognized her as “a resilient, brave, and intelligent young woman when she spoke in the capitol rotunda for Children’s Advocacy Day.”
WCC’s annual Feist-Tea fundraiser, held in December, helps raise the money for the scholarships. The awards also are funded by earmarked donations during our pledge drive, as well as the extraordinary generosity of an individual benefactor.
Unlike most scholarships, WCC’s Seasongood Education Awards are presented in the form of a check to the student, and may be used for peripheral costs other than tuition if the awardee so desires.
In the past, each winner, along with her parent or guardian, has been our guest at the Seasongood Luncheon. This year we are postponing the recognition event, but want to wish our scholars congratulations on their graduation and new adventures!
~ Scholarship Committee – Sharon McCreary,
Anne Skove, and Beverly Thomas, Chair
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2019 Seasongood Scholarship Winners
Education Award Winners, May 2018
Xiyanna Kellogg (Shroder High School), from left, Jeda Carter (Purcell Marian High School), Madison Clark (Bellevue High School), Rajah Shepard (Roger Bacon High School) and Sydney Westerbeck (Fairfield High School). Photo by Harriet Kaufman.
Education Award Winners, May 2017
2016 Award Winners
Click here to read students’ essays and recommendations and about the charities they support.
Each recipient has a non-profit that is important to her. It would be great if anyone wants to make a contribution to these non-profits on behalf of the students to carry out their efforts.
Ethiopia Tomorrow Inc.
28 Hoffman Street, Maplewood, N.J. 07040
Children for Change
1165 C1165 Ronlee Drive, Milford, OH 45150
Empowering today’s youth to make a difference in their communities, this is the non-profit Kristen established two years ago. Her program is in Milford and Loveland schools.
25 Orphanage Road, Covington, KY 41017