Zonta To the Rescue!
Scholarship award helps dental student graduate
What happens when a student who is one semester away from graduating with a degree in Dental Hygiene, learns that she won’t be receiving a grant she was counting on? First there is panic. Then there is the hardest step: asking for help. For Natasha Deneault, that is exactly the path she followed one month ago. She turned to her academic advisor, who approached NHTI’s development director, who made a call to the Zonta Club of Concord.
Amy Marchildon (left), President of the Zonta Club of Concord, presents a $1,000 scholarship award to Natasha Deneault as President Susan Dunton stands proudly by.
“We have been funding tuition scholarships for women at NHTI since 2006,” says Amy Marchildon, President of the Club. “This is a student – a single mom paying her own way through college – who was in danger of not being able to continue her education. Our membership met immediately to discuss how we could help.”
Help came in the form of a $1,000 scholarship from the Zonta Club of Concord, applied directly to Natasha’s tuition bill. The financial support means Natasha can finish this semester and graduate in May 2016. In a thank you note to the Zonta Club members, Natasha writes, “Words will never be able to describe my gratitude. This has made all the difference for me, and for my daughter. Thank you!”
Since 2006, the Zonta Club of Concord has awarded nearly $22,000 to more than thirty NHTI students. For many, like Natasha, the money means students can stay in school. Susan Dunton, President of NHTI, says, “The Zonta Club of Concord’s commitment, dedication and passion for helping students is unparalleled. For nearly a decade, they have been making huge differences in the lives of our students. We applaud and thank every member of the Zonta Club of Concord.”
The Zonta Club of Concord is the local chapter of Zonta International, a leading global organization of more than 30,000 members in 67 countries across the world. They include executives and professionals working together to empower women and girls locally and worldwide through service and advocacy. Zonta’s main objectives are to achieve gender equality and to empower women and girls. The Zonta Club of Concord is the oldest active club Zonta Club in New Hampshire.
Visual Arts Alum Speaks at
Former NHTI Visual Arts major Bonnie Farren was the featured speaker at the semi-annual meeting of the Women's Caucus on the Arts, held at the Kimball Jenkins Estate in Concord on October 24.
Bonnie Farren (second from right)
at Kimball Jenkins
"It was nice to have a group of people listening to me talk about my work," says Bonnie. "They seemed supportive and very organized. Many of them liked what I had to say."
Bonnie, who was the recipient of a number of awards and scholarships during her time at NHTI, has recently moved up to northern New Hampshire, where she is establishing her own ceramic studio. Way to go, Bonnie!
4:00 - 5:30 pm
"Concord Community Garden Soil Quality" by Andrew Czachor
"Macroinvertebrates of the Merrimack River" by Maxwell Maynard
Open to the NHTI Community.
Dec 4, 2015