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Philanthropic group of Flagler women award scholarships

Apr 10, 2019

Flagler College’s Women of Vision Advisory Board recently awarded scholarships for the 2019 - 2020 academic year to seven female students. Peyton Beasley, Brenna DeBlasio, Phaedra DeJarnette, Lindsay Giliam, Charlene Nowotny and Autumn Parker all received the Women of Vision $3,000 scholarship. Morgan Hutchison was selected as the Robin Cooper Women of Vision Scholar with an award of $5,000. The newly created scholarship honors the Women of Vision co-founder who passed away last fall. The winner must exemplify Robin Cooper’s legacy of generosity and genuine concern for others through community service and campus engagement.

Three female students looking at camera in front of the fountain wall on campus.

Scholarship winners from left to right Brenna DeBlasio, Phaedra DeJarnette, Morgan Hutchison.

Four female students looking at the camera from in front of the fountain wall on campus.

Scholarship winners from left to right Lindsay Giliam, Autumn Parker, Peyton Beasley, Charlene Nowotny.

All recipients are exceptional young women who have maintained competitive GPAs, while actively participating in and leading campus activities and volunteer work, and all have demonstrated financial need. 

Peyton Beasley is from Jacksonville and is majoring in graphic design with a double minor in fine arts and advertising. She will be a sophomore next fall. With the help of her scholarship, she will be able to work fewer hours next year and become more involved in service organizations on campus.

Brenna DeBlasio is majoring in journalism and media production and will begin her senior year next fall. She is from St. Augustine.  DeBlasio is the philanthropy chair for Flagler’s service sorority, Phi Alpha Omega, planning service opportunities in the community for over 65 women members, including United Way and Dining with Dignity.

Phaedra DeJarnette is from Lakeland, Fla. She is majoring in media studies with a minor in creative writing and will be a junior next academic year. DeJarnette serves on the executive boards of organizations that facilitate discussions involving diversity and inclusion within on-campus organizations. These include the Student Government Association, Club Unity and the Black Student Association.

Lindsay Giliam is majoring in strategic communication with a double minor in history and advertising and is from Lakeland, Fla. She will be a senior next year and will continue her work with Flagler College Volunteers and its bi-annual Day of Service, as well as Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Special Olympics. Giliam will also remain active with the Black Student Association and Student Government Association.

Morgan Hutchison is from Alachua, Fla. She is a media studies and sociology double major going into her senior year. Her scholarship will allow her to focus on her work founding the National Alliance on Mental Illness chapter on Flagler’s campus. This organization brings advocacy and awareness to mental health issues through meetings, expert panel discussions, Mental Health First Aid training and a Mental Health Fair.

Charlene Nowotny is a rising senior majoring in psychology from Marburg, Germany. She is the top goal scorer on the women’s soccer team and will use her scholarship to continue her focus on being a student-athlete. When she’s not leading the Lady Saints in goals, she’s volunteering her time at community service events like Day of Service.

Autumn Parker is from Gallatin, Tenn. She will be a junior next year and is majoring in business administration and strategic communication. Parker gives her time to Flagler College Volunteers, participating in Dining with Dignity, Day of Service and other projects. She is also a Sunday school teacher at her local church.

“Selecting the seven winners was extremely difficult for the scholarship review committee. We received 27 applications for the Women of Vision Scholarship, and the candidates were all remarkable and deserving students,” said Sheia Pleasant-Doine, the college’s financial aid director. She added that 93 percent of Flagler students receive financial assistance.

Each year the Women of Vision group strives to increase their level of philanthropy. This is their best year to date with seven scholarship recipients. The scholarships are funded in part by the annual Power of the Purse® luncheon, which will be held on May 9 in the college’s historic Ponce de Leon Hall.  The 5th annual luncheon will bring together 350 women who share a passion for education and philanthropy. The event includes the popular silent auction of designer purses and inspirational keynote addresses. This year, world traveler and accessibility expert, Sylvia Longmire, will speak about her personal adventures in her presentation, “How Fear, Travel and Laughter Can Free the Soul.”

In addition to proceeds from the luncheon, silent auction and jewelry raffle, funds are raised through the sale of Tributes for the keepsake Tribute Book and sponsorships for the event. To date, sponsors include The Bailey Group, Bozard Ford Lincoln, Declaration & Co., Flagler Health+, Florida East Coast Railway, Forrest, Inc., Diane and Skeeter Key, Leonard’s Studio, Burkhardt Sales & Service, Matt and Lisa Bond. In-kind sponsors include Future Friends, Monarch Studio, St. Augustine Distillery, St. Augustine Record, St. Augustine Social, Whetstone Chocolates, Fabulizz Design Studio, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits and Constellation Brands. 

For information about sponsorships, please call Jody Hamilton at 819-6437 or email For information about supporting the Women of Vision Fund, go to

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