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Updated: 05/16/2018 11:30:05AM

AAUW helps many with unique scholarships

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Lyudmila Dunchyk immigrated to the USA from the Ukraine. She is married with two children and is pursuing a degree in elementary education. Her husband Victor is a great support and help. Victor is a tech expert.

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(From left) Wendy Orlando and Maggie Surwilo chaired the AAUW honors luncheon. They along with their committee and all AAUW members deserve a shout out for their commitment to helping women succeed.

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(From left) are seated AAUW scholarship recipients Jessica Pope, Elizabeth Woolson, Stephany Jacobsen, Katherine Harris and Ludmila Dunchyk. Standing in back from left are Susan Luterbach and Sue Owens, scholarship committee chairs, and Jane Farley and Kathy Back, scholarship selection committee members.

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Andrew Chalaire receives a check for $2,000 as a scholarship from the Venice Concert Band. He will be pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music online. Andrew is a talented trumpet, guitar and bass guitar player who has been part of the Venice Concert Band, symphonic band, wind ensemble and guitar program. We wish him continued success. Bravo Andrew.

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Jessica Pope (center) received one of the continuing education scholarships at the AAUW luncheon. Her friends (l-r) Kay Rizzo and Lisa Bousord were on hand to give Jessica a cheer. Jessica attends the Ringling College of Art and Design.

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Don Moore was recognized by Mary Canning for his willingness to be a part of every facet of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Program. He is presently a Big Brother.

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Cassie Machanska spoke at the Big Brothers and Big Sisters mentoring graduation about her positive experiences with her Big Sister for more than 10 years.

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Rita Ramsay calls out door prize recipients at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring graduation at Venice High School. Everyone received a door prize, which was a gift certificate to popular places in Venice like Walmart and Starbucks.

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When it comes to making a difference in women’s lives, members of the American Association of University Women, AAUW, offer their time, work and dollars.

Their scholarships give returning students a chance to complete a degree that will lead to an independent life. Recipients have left abusive situations. They are moms. Some are single moms. They are caregivers.

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