National Council of Jewish Women   

Contra Costa Section 

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NCJW AWARDS

                THE WOMEN'S RE-ENTRY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

                                        2016 Scholarship Recipients 

 CASSANDRA AFFINITO, a 28 year old single mother of 1, has a 3.3 GPA and has been accepted at St. Mary's College for continuing education in the field of Accounting, Business Management and Economics.

DYNIKA HARRIS, a 38 year old single mother of 2, supporting a blind mother, with ambitions of transferring to Cal State East Bay in the Fall of 2017. She is maintaining a 4.0 GPA and is working toward her AA in Business Management.

HEIDI JOHANNESSEN, a 36 year old daughter of immigrants, taking courses in Health, Medicine and General Sciences, in hopes of obtaining an R.N. degree. She is maintaining a 4.0 GPA. 

DANNESHA LEWIS, 29 years old. She is maintaining a 3.9 GPA and plans to transfer to Cal State East Bay or Sacramento State University in the field of Law, Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement. She is active in volunteering in the community.

JULIANA MORENO, a 28 year old single mother of 1. Her goal is to transfer to Cal State East Bay in the Fall of 2016 and continue to pursue a degree in police work or social work to serve the underprivileged in the community. She is maintaining a 2.59 GPA.

VANESSA WARNER, a 25 year old single mother of 2, with plans to enter the four-year program at Cal State East Bay to continue studies, and hopefully enter the field of Dentistry. She is maintaining a 3.29 GPA.

This year we also contacted Candace Andersen, our local District Supervisor Contra Costa County; and Catharine Baker, our State Assembly Representative to request certificates from their offices to present to the 2016 Scholarship Recipients. Both Ms. Andersen, and Ms. Baker spoke at our June, 2015 meeting and presented certificates to the 2015 recipients.

The WOMEN'S RE-ENTRY SCHOLARSHIP Committee met in April to select these women from twelve applications. We read through the entire packets of information (approximately 15 pages each), which includes some personal information, transcripts from DVC, letters of recommendation, and a short bio written by each candidate.

It's never easy to select some and not others, because all are so deserving, but we were fortunate this year to have received enough donations for six college re-entry women. The donations you give through tribute cards and other donations go entirely to the Re-Entry Scholarship fund.  The recipients are hard-working, grateful, and appreciative of any and all help toward their goals.           

Marcia DeVries,     Women's Re-Entry Scholarship

 






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