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Scholarship available for Vermont women

The General Federation of Women's Clubs of Vermont (GFWCVT) announces the availability of scholarships for Vermont women who have been homemakers and who have lost their main means of support through separation or divorce from their spouse or the death, disability or long-term unemployment of their spouse.

Eligible women are in need of education or training to enter the work force. Applicants must submit a specific plan for their education or training by March 15. Interviews will be conducted the first week of April. Awards will be presented at the GFWCVT annual meeting in late April.

The scholarships range from $500 to $1,500. This is the 19th year of awarding this financial aid, which is funded through contributions from state federated clubs and from individuals.

The scholarship is named for Barbara Jean Barker of Poultney, who served as state federation president from 1992 to 1994, and who was instrumental in establishing this program. Women receiving the awards over the years have come from a wide variety of towns in the state.

The ten Vermont clubs are affiliated with national and international GFWC, whose headquarters is in Washington D.C. On the local level, members are dedicated to volunteer work in their home communities.

Applications for the scholarship may be obtained from Chairman, Betty Haggerty, 802-463-4159, hubett@hotmail.com or 802-287-9744, and GFWCVT@comcast.net.