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Thirteen Freeport students awarded scholarships by American Women’s Club
By Susan Chitwood
Mar 19, 2020 - 11:20:18 AM

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Three Bishop Michael Eldon students receive scholarships from the Grand Bahama American Women’s Club. From left to right: GBAWC’s Mary Lynn Carter, Shakada and Simone Hutson, Brandon and Ketly Ludford, Alethea and Cherise Barrow, and Principal Sheryl Wood.

The Grand Bahama American Women’s Club (GBAWC) has awarded 13 scholarships to local high school students who demonstrated academic excellence and extracurricular achievement.

The students attend Bishop Michael Eldon, Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Academy, Sunland Baptist Academy, Tabernacle Baptist Christian Academy and St. Paul’s Methodist College.

Founded in 1966, the GBAWC stages an annual golf tournament to raise money for the scholarships as well as community programs. Six organizations that support children’s summer camps received funding, including Rand Nature Center, the Salvation Army, the YMCA, Girl Guides, the Sailing Club and the Children’s Library.

In addition to the monies raised by the yearly golf classic, and new this year, seven scholarships were funded by Grand Bahama donors.

Mary Star of the Sea students Kaili Davis, left, and Marciello Cinanni, right, holding scholarship awards from the Grand Bahama American Women’s Club. At center is the club’s Mary Lynn Carter.

The GBAWC welcomes women of all nationalities, and in 2018 amended its bylaws to enable non-Americans to run for executive offices. Social activities include a monthly luncheon at local restaurants and members’ homes, and the New Adventure Bound program.

For additional information, contact Poppy Chitwood at 242-727-2062 or Chitwood.susan@gmail.com.

St. Paul’s Methodist Student Devaughn Woods is joined by proud parents Mr. and Mrs. Woods after receiving a scholarship from the Grand Bahama Women’s Club. Representing the club at right is Joyce Harrison.

Cordae Strachan, center, is a recipient of a Grand Bahama American Women’s Club scholarship. Cordae is flanked by the club’s Mary Lynn Carter, left, and Joyce Harrison.

GBAWC scholarship recipients at Tabernacle are, L to R, front, Joanna Saunders, Kersten Dames, Shatavion Green, Taria Roberts, and L to R, back, Makaylin Forbes, Matthew Henfield, and John Poitier. They are joined by Mary Lynn Carter, left, and Poppy Chitwood.

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