Sanibel Captiva Business Women’s Association (SCBWA) recognizes scholarship and continuing education recipients at recent SCBWA luncheon.

SCBWA started its scholarship recipient search in August and is awarded each year in November. Monies for the scholarship fund were raised at the Annual Fundraiser this September. This annual event helps fulfill the groups mission for scholarship and continuing education efforts.

SCBWA awarded all seven applicants with a scholarship. The recipients include Molly Duignan, April Haas, Kylie Lusk, Lilian Pedersen, Rachel Rainbolt, Avery Renshaw and Rebecca Wehmeier. Six of the recipients attended the SCBWA November luncheon and shared how SCBWA is assisting in career and educational advancement opportunities.

Molly Duignan is an employee at Doc Ford’s on Sanibel. Her scholarship will go towards finishing her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Nova Southeastern University. Molly hopes to one day have her own private practice.

April Haas is a boat captain, business owner and a member of SCBWA. She will be using her scholarship to aid in completing her Florida Master Naturalist Program with the University of Florida, provided through a partner organization, Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF).

Kylie Lusk is a junior in high school, dual enrolled at Florida Southwestern State College. Her goal is to one day attend University of Florida and to become a dermatologist.

Lilian Pedersen works at CROW as a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator. Her scholarship will go towards the cost of attending the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association Symposium in 2024.

Rachel Rainbolt is a Conservation Officer with the City of Sanibel. Her scholarship will go towards courses in her Master’s in Public Administration program at FGCU. Her concentration is in Community Resilience and she hopes to continue to take the knowledge she learns in her courses for the betterment of Sanibel.

Avery Renshaw is a Biological Science Technician at J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge. Her scholarship will go towards courses in her Master of Science in Environmental Science Program at FGCU. She continues to work towards her thesis project to evaluate the effects of salinity and light availability on submerged aquatic vegetation distribution and production in the Caloosahatchee River Estuary.

Rebecca Wehmeier is a Hospital Practice Manager with CROW. Her scholarship will go towards attending the 2024 VHMA Annual Conference in 2024 and VHMA CVPM program, which are provided by the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. The CVPM program is the highest level of achievement in the veterinary field and will allow her to continue to bring top care practices and knowledge back to CROW.

Sanibel Captiva Business Women’s Association is dedicated to empowering and supporting the women who work and live on the islands through networking, mentorship, continuing education and career advancement.

SCBWA aims to serve the community by offering an inclusive, supportive and diverse group of women supporting women. Our focus is the advancement of women’s career development targeted to workers, aspiring workers and the residents of Sanibel and Captiva. The group meets every third Tuesday of the month at various businesses and restaurants at noon.

For more information, please contact Taylor Osborne at [email protected].

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