Recipients of 2022 PAWC Scholarships


State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota: Recipients of $3,000 each


Heidi Dahlborg - Heidi will be enrolled this fall at SCF for her Baccalaureate in Nursing Health Sciences degree, She is currently a Student Nurse Apprentice at the Emergency Room at Venice Hospital and at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center as a newborn hearing screening tech. She has been a licensed Midwife for over 22 years and looking to expand her practice as a nurse practitioner. She is married and has 3 children.


Barbara Petrino – Barbara will be enrolled this fall in the SCF BS in Early Childhood Education. She resides in Manatee County and currently works at Lakewood Ranch Early Learning Center full time. She had put her education on hold and raised her two children and has now returned to finish her college degree and become a certified teacher.


Ayleen De La Cruz – Ayleen will be enrolled this fall at SCF in the Bachelor of Applied Science program in Health Services Administration. She currently works at Neurorestorative full time and is also a student at Meridian College at Lakewood Ranch in their ultrasound program. Her goal is to eventually become either an obstetrician or gynecologist or become a manager in an ultrasound department in a hospital or OBGYN office.


Kaylee Poinsett-Whaley – Kaylee has maintained a 4.0 GPA in addition to working. Her goal is to maintain this 4.0 while enrolled this fall at SCF and plans to graduate with a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing. She plans to further her education by getting her Master’s Degree and work toward becoming a Nurse Practitioner.


Manatee Technical College: Recipients of $500 scholarship each:


Ariel Dixon – Ariel has been in the Practical Nursing program since January. She has been doing well and is a knowledgeable and compassionate care giver. Once she graduates as an LPN she plans to continue with her education to become an RN and eventually a Nurse Practitioner.


Madison Wade – Madison is also enrolled in the Practical Nursing Program and has been doing very well at MTC. She wants a career that is rewarding and be a service to others. Her goal is to eventually become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner..


Both women are exceptional and an inspiration by showing us if we put our minds and energy together we can achieve whatever goals we choose in life.



Previous Recipients


Roberta Rogers graduated from SCF after receiving a PAWC scholarship and is currently employed by State College of Florida Foundation. She was the speaker at the PAWC Scholarship luncheon 2022.


Roberta was born in Monroe Michigan and has been a resident of Sarasota for almost 40 years.


Her thank you note to PAWC stated "Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of the PAWC Luncheon this year. It really brought my journey full circle".



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