A Voice Found, Inc. (AVF), a nonprofit career counseling and scholarship service, is pleased to announce its 2013 scholarship opportunities for local students. Interested and qualified individuals are encouraged to apply for an AVF scholarship by the deadline of April 13, 2013, according to Helen McDermott, AVF’s director and president.
AVF takes a unique approach to financial aid for students. It offers scholarships in 12 different career areas including: agriculture, automotive technology, barber/beautician arts, business administration, culinary/hospitality services, early childhood education, engineering/applied technology, health sciences, health technology, industrial/trade technology, nursing, and public safety.
It is widely known that specific vocational programs can range from the normal community college tuition rates to private school rates averaging $18,000 per year. Most of the programs are one to two years in length for certification. The costs can put a career opportunity out of reach for many.
“As the costs of training and education continue to challenge many students in today’s economy,” said McDermott, “our scholarships help defray some of these costs and to show support to young people who will be providing vital services to our society.”
Janine Armour, one of the last year’s scholarship recipients, wrote in response to her award notification stating, “It was truly a blessing and I am very grateful to have been chosen for the award. I plan to use that money to help further my nursing career.” Currently a Napa Valley College student in the Vocational Nursing Program, Armour adds, “This is my very first scholarship award and I am very thankful.”
In its eighth year of scholarship offerings, AVF actively seeks young people who are interested in pursuing a career track through formal training and education. “We hope to attract career-oriented young people for our scholarships,” McDermott said, “students pursuing training and education toward readily employable skills.”
Lisseth Ramirez, a 2012 Napa High School graduate currently attending Solano Community College, was appreciative of her award and enthusiastic about her future. “There are no words to explain how grateful I am that I was chosen for the 2012 Frank Springer Public Safety Scholarship Award,” Ramirez said. “I am more than excited that my fall semester has officially started…as I pursue my education in law enforcement education and training at Solano Community College.”
For the past seven years AVF has been successful in raising money through its annual scholarship drive. “Our approach is simple – we ask friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, and businesses to help fund our scholarship opportunities and to volunteer their time as career mentors,” McDermott said. “The response has been overwhelming. I am proud to be part of such a special community whose generosity helps so many young people realize their goals.”
Interested and qualified individuals are encouraged to apply for an AVF scholarship by the deadline of April 13, 2013. Copies of the scholarship application and program description are available in the local high school and college counseling offices or online atwww.avoicefound.org.
AVF is a local nonprofit established in 2005 to meet the needs of teenagers and young adults who have obstacles to education, training, and employment by helping them to create their own visions for the future. In addition to scholarship opportunities, AVF provides advocacy and support through individual counseling and career planning services at no cost to the participants.
For more information contact: Helen L. McDermott, Telephone: (707) 944-1829, firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit: http://www.avoicefound.org.
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