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Eleven Scholarships Awarded by Flagler’s Women of Vision for 2021-2022

Apr 30, 2021

Eleven deserving female students at Flagler College have recently been awarded scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year by the Women of Vision Advisory Board of Flagler. The value of this year’s awards is $32,000.

“Because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic during the past year, many families are still experiencing economic hardships, and the financial need among students is greater than ever,” said Linda Allen-Hawkins, chair of the Women of Vision Advisory Board. “We were delighted to be able to help these exceptional young women who have maintained competitive GPA’s, while actively participating in campus and volunteer work.”

The Flagler scholarship program was introduced in 2015 and was paid for by a fundraiser called the Power of the Purse. The event involved a silent auction of designer handbags, a raffle and a luncheon featuring a speaker in the Ponce de Leon Grand Dining Hall.  It continued as a sold-out success for five years, but had to be cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. However, because of the generosity and support of donors, volunteers, sponsors, board members and the community, the Women of Vision Board was able to fund 12 scholarships for 2020-21.

“Although we aren’t able to have the fundraiser in the Grand Dining Hall again this year,” said Janice Long, vice chair of the Women of Vision Advisory Board, “we will sponsor a very special virtual Power of the Purse on May 3-6, 2021.” The virtual auction is open to the public and may be accessed by visiting www.flagler.edu/POP on May 3-6.  Impressive auction items include not only designer purses, but also totes, gourmet baskets, children’s items, spa packages, restaurant gift certificates and more.

Included in the recent awards was the special Robin Cooper Women of Vision Scholarship honoring the organization’s co-founder, who passed away in 2018.  Chosen for the award was Emma Wilkinson, a senior who exemplifies Robin Cooper’s legacy of generosity and genuine concern for others through community service and campus engagement.

A native of Northbrook, Illinois, Emma is majoring in Coastal Environmental Science, with a minor in Mathematics. She volunteers with the Matanzas Riverkeeper and the St. John’s County Audubon Society, and monitors the health of the local ecosystems. Emma is also involved with the Flagler College Archaeology Club and is helping to build enthusiasm for a new science club called FSTEAM. She was asked to speak at the first meeting of Flagler’s Science Advisory Board.  

Also receiving Women of Vision scholarships are:

  • Fernanda Bascope, Cochabamba, Bolivia – A senior majoring in business administration and international business.
  • Abigail Belchior, Berkley, Massachusetts – A senior majoring in coastal environmental science.
  • Grace Bishop, Deland, Florida – A sophomore majoring in criminology.
  • Sophia De Cesare, Palm Coast, Florida – A senior majoring in sociology.
  • Taylor Hogan, Daytona Beach, Florida – A sophomore majoring in business administration.
  • Sofia Irigoyen, Palmetto Bay, Florida – A junior majoring in fine art.
  • Svetlana Kendrick, Winter Springs, Florida – A senior majoring in English education.
  • Lavinia Lenssen, Deland, Florida – A sophomore majoring in international studies and tourism management.
  • Gracie Molzer, Ponte Vedra, Florida – A sophomore majoring in strategic communication.
  • Baylee Zimmerman, Lakeland, Florida – A sophomore majoring in marketing.

“It was very difficult for the scholarship committee to select the eleven winners,” said Shia Pleasant-Doine, Flagler College’s financial aid director.  “The applicants were all very talented and deserving.”  

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