GFWC Brandon Service League honors long tradition of supporting high school seniors with presentation of scholarships

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The GFWC Brandon Service League, at its annual spring luncheon, presented checks to two deserving students from Riverview High School. The photo on the left shows recipient Ethan Jones (center) with Jerri Robinson (left) and Bradlee Swanson (right), co-chairs of the Brandon Service League. The photo on the right shows the mother of recipient Caleb Larkins, Toshua Larkins (center), who represented him, with Robinson and Swanson.

On June 4, members of the GFWC Brandon Service League gathered for its annual Spring Luncheon. This is an opportunity to celebrate the successes of the year and award several scholarships.

The GFWC Brandon Service League awards two to three scholarships. This year, it awarded two high school scholarships. Unfortunately, no one applied for the third, which is for women who need further training or education in order to pursue a better career.

Both scholarship recipients attended Riverview High School.

Judy Darsey, chair of the scholarship committee, said: “I love this job. I have never had two men who have impressed me so much. I’m so glad the committee agrees with me.

The first scholarship was awarded to Ethan Jones, who had a weighted GPA of 4.6. He came highly recommended by his three references: his AP teacher, guidance counselor and boss at Mr. Gyro.

Specifically, Howe, his AP teacher, said, “Many students possess the traits needed for college, but few have as many of those traits as Ethan Jones.”

Jones will attend the University of South Florida. He wants to get a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s degree in sports management.

Jones said, “It was my first scholarship. I was thrilled to see that my hard work had paid off. It’s good to be rewarded and to see a way forward.

The second scholarship was awarded to Caleb Larkins. He couldn’t attend because he had to work, so he was represented by his mother, Toshua Larkins.

Caleb has a weighted GPA of 4.7. He comes with praise from his guidance counselor, honors math teacher and computer science teacher. Caleb attends on-the-job training (OJT), where he works 30-40 hours a week and always maintains a rigorous course load.

Larkins’ specialist math teacher Hall said: “Caleb has a strong character and work ethic.”

His guidance counselor, Fitzgerald, said, “Caleb is an extremely strong academic who is focused on academic achievement and his goals for the future.”

Caleb will attend Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee and pursue a degree in the field of engineering.

Caleb said, “I am extremely grateful for this scholarship and happy to have applied. I was delighted to receive this scholarship.

For more information about the GFWC Brandon Service League, please visit http://gfwcbrandonserviceleague.org/ or contact Betty White, Membership Manager, at [email protected]

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