AAUW 2021 scholarship recipients were Sarah Flannery, Rebecca Martinez, and Mikaella Penagos.
by: Kim Medley
Publicity/Social Media, AAUW
Last year, the Flagler County Education Foundation created the Scholarship Caravan, complete with yard signs, featuring student photos, scholarship names, and sponsoring organizations. This year the road to success continued with the Drive and Surprise event, guaranteed to fuel the ambitions of talented students from Matanzas and Flagler Palm Coast high schools.
American Association of University Women Flagler members Haydee Bernal and Terri Smith joined the journey as Sarah Flannery, Rebecca Tamara Martinez, and Mikaella Donatta Penagos received the news that they had won scholarships from AAUW.
Sarah Flannery, a senior at Matanzas, is the recipient of the first Mary Rose Hoffman AAUW Scholarship. Flannery seeks to trade her Pirate mascot for that of the Georgia Institute of Technology Yellowjackets, while pursuing her bachelor's in chemical and biomolecular engineering. Of note, she is one of the first MHS students to receive the Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) A-Level in Physics.
FPC senior Rebecca Tamara Martinez will next attend the University of Florida. This future Gator began her sophomore year at FPC by starting a Habitat for Humanity Club. She presided as club president for the next two years, while pursuing an International Baccalaureate diploma. Martinez has been an active member of the Future Problem Solvers and was awarded AP Scholar with Distinction for maintaining an average score of 3.5 or higher on five AP exams. Martinez will major in engineering and entrepreneurship.
The third AAUW scholarship recipient is FPC's Mikaella Donatta Penagos, who is heading to the University of Central Florida to begin work on her bachelor's in electrical engineering. In her junior year, she joined Youth Leadership Flagler. Ms. Penagos’ leadership skills led her to Tallahassee as a delegate for Girls State. She applied those skills as a member of Community Problem Solvers. Her team took second place for their “Project Listen,” designed to bring about awareness to the deaf community around Flagler County.
AAUW Flagler is proud to continue its mission of advancing education for women and girls in Flagler County.