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2009-2010 Scholarship Recipients

  Michelle Berg

Michelle is a senior at Butler University with an additional two years to complete the pharmacy program. Currently, she works as an intern at Kindred Hospital and as a lab assistant for the Butler pharmacy program in addition to 300 hours of required volunteer work. Her intern supervisor describes her as a “take-charge” person who is able to successfully develop and implement plans. She demonstrates leadership and has a pleasant, encouraging attitude. Michelle indicates that the scholarship would mean a great deal to her.  “I think this organization is a great empowerment to women,” she says. “It has a wonderful mission with which I would be honored to be associated.”

 Bethany Gehman

Bethany is a freshman at Taylor University with a major in social work. Upon graduation she would like to work overseas or teach English as a second language. She is in the pep band and participates in a work study program. She also keeps busy with various ministries including mentoring a girl in elementary school, teaching English as a second language, and visiting nursing home residents. Bethany is the daughter of a single mother with three children to put through school. With the scholarship she feels that she will be one step closer to being economically independent. Bethany said that upon graduation she “...would be able to professionally help people who are less fortunate than I.”


  Jennifer Green

Jennifer is a senior at Homestead High School, planning to attend Butler University in the fall majoring in Pre-Pharmacy. Her teachers and counselor describe her as assiduous, intelligent, gregarious, positive, and as a perfectionist. She is seen as “a leader and a young woman destined for success.” In addition to being on the honor roll all four years in high school, Jennifer is a United States Soccer Federation Referee. She states that the scholarship will “allow me to begin my journey of social and economic independence… it will show that my hard work throughout high school has paid off and has helped me prepare for my next stage in life.”

   Kylie Hutchinson

Kylie is a senior at Columbus East High School, planning to attend Indiana University in the fall. She states, “I am passionate about my studies and my future and plan to work as hard as necessary to become a fully capable and independent woman.”   She is currently enrolled in six honor levels or AP classes and will graduate with an Academic Honors diploma. Kylie participates in many extracurricular activities including cross country, track and field, basketball, cheerleading, newspaper, English Academic Team Captain and several honor societies. In addition to a rigorous school schedule, she works part time to save for college. Her teacher describes her as, “…a motivated young lady, who is very disciplined in her school work and in her life.”


  Baylea Jackson

Baylea is a sophomore at Butler University majoring in Psychology and Sociology/Criminology. As part of her unpaid internship, she works in a non-profit daycare for abused children. Her professor describes her as bright, disciplined, and showing considerable insight. He says he is “convinced she will succeed in a big way.” As the first person in her family to attend college, she feels that “earning this scholarship will take me a step further in creating a successful future for myself and my family.”  

   Crystal Jackson

Crystal is a junior at the University of Indianapolis majoring in Elementary Education, Special Education, and Reading Specialist. Her professor describes her as a talented and dedicated student, and says, “her work ethic, passion for social justice, and dedication to education are second to none.” She is president of a student organization on campus and Kappa Delta Pi, an international honors society for education majors. Crystal says, “I would be grateful to have the support of the YWCA to support my goals of helping people through education.”

  Mira McKary

Mira is a senior at Carmel High School. She plans to attend Indiana University/Purdue University of Indianapolis majoring in political science.  Her ultimate goal is to attend Indiana University Maurer School of Law and practice law as a state prosecutor and ultimately become a judge. While in high school, she has earned a number of AP credits and worked several part-time jobs to help her family with expenses. She also has been involved in community and school activities, including Special Olympics. She states that her “true passion in life is for knowledge and education. It is hidden within the pages of books.” Her AP English teacher says that she has no doubt that Mira will be successful in whatever she pursues. “She is an elegant and poised young lady. Mira is a competent young adult, and I know that she will meet all forthcoming challenges and opportunities in college and in life with enthusiasm.” 


  Lindsay Robertson

Lindsay is a senior at Bloomington High School South and plans to attend the University of Southern Indiana in the fall to pursue a degree in Physical Therapy. As such, she will be the first generation in her family to pursue a higher education. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Senior Advisory Board, and Campus Life. Her school counselor states, “she is the type of student teachers love to have in class because of her warm personality, her work ethic, and her high moral standards … she is an extremely hard worker and has demonstrated this via her schoolwork, her jobs outside of school, and her success in the sport of archery.” Lindsay says, “this scholarship would be an honor because being selected would mean that I was chosen because someone believed in my will to succeed.”


  Lavon Temple

Lavon is a junior at Butler University majoring in International Management. She is the vice president of alumni relations for Alpha Kappa Psi, a member of the Butler American Marketing Association and is a volunteer at Brooke’s Place. Her goal is to secure an overseas internship for the summer. Her YWCA mentor describes her as a dedicated person who has been both diligent and versatile in meeting the demands of an academically challenging university. She has been consistently and enthusiastically involved in her commitment to the mentoring program. Lavon says that the YWCA experience “is priceless to me as I continue to grow as a person not only from the scholarship but also through my mentor."

   Delilia Tesfay

Delilia is a senior at Ben Davis High School, planning to attend Indiana University in the fall. Her teachers describe her as focused, determined to excel, and passionate about her studies. She is interested in pursuing science at the collegiate level. She is the first child of Eritrean immigrants and as such, feels a responsibility to be a role model for her younger siblings. Delilia wants to work within a non-profit organization to bring education to children in developing nations. She feels that education is the key to eradicating world poverty. Of her future plans, Delilia says, “Ten years from now, I will be doing my part to make a difference in the world.”

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