Woman's Club of Chatham Awards Scholarships to Five CHS Seniors

Woman's Club of Chatham Scholarship Winners, l to r: Katherine Novak, Maeve Peebles, Abigail Druhot, Mary Gordon and Shannon Rauter Credits: TAP Chatham
Mary Keselica, Marjorie Heyer and Woman's Club of Chatham President Theresa Kandalaft during social hour of scholarship luncheon Credits: TAP Chatham
Woman's Club of the Chathams members Veronica Grysko-Sporer and Patty Ottleben Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham junior Alessa Khan will attend the Girls Career Institute at Douglas College Credits: TAP Chatham
Shannon Rauter, left, listens to Faye Molesphini, chair of the scholarship selection committee Credits: TAP Chatham
Featured speaker Jean Revis, president of the NJ Federation of Women's Clubs Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham junior Gina LaMantia will be attending the Girls Career Institute at Douglas College Credits: TAP Chatham

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - The very first scholarship winner received $75 from the Woman's Club of Chatham toward her college education. According to club president Theresa Kandalaft, that recipient used the money to become a teacher and returned to work in the Chatham district.

Nearly 100 years later, the career choices have expanded for young women to include FBI special agent, film makers, agronomy, international studies and doctors of medicine.

Five of those aspiring Chatham High students each received a $4,000 scholarship from the Woman's Club of Chatham at its annual scholarship luncheon held Friday at the Wyndham Hamilton Park Hotel and Conference Center.

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Theresa Kandalaft, president of the Woman's Club of Chatham, speaks about the "Power of One" during luncheon on Friday

The scholarship recipients from Chatham are CHS seniors Katherine Novak, Maeve Peebles, Shannon Rauter, Mary Gordon and Abigail Druhot.

The Woman's Club of Chatham also selected two juniors - Alessa Khan and Gina LaMantia - to attend a four-day program at Douglas College sponsored by the Girls Career Institute. The career institute gives the girls a chance to hear about various career fields from professional women. It was there that a previous attendee decided to become an FBI agent.

The featured speaker at the luncheon was Jean Revis, president of the NJ Federation of Women's Clubs. The state federation will be concentrating on bringing awareness to child abuse over the next two years.

Chatham High Scholarship winners and their future plans:

Katherine Novak: A National Merit finalist, she plans to study biochemistry as a prep-med major at the University of Penn. A volunteer at Overlook Hospital, she also played golf and ran cross-country at CHS.

Maeve Peebles: Headed to NYU with a career in film making and television production in mind. She owns a 4.64 grade-point average.

Shannon Rauter: A National Honor Society member and president of the Morris County 4H Club. She will study agronomy (plant and soil science) at Iowa State.

Mary Gordon: Headed to Cornell University, where she will be a chemistry pre-med major. She earned her Girl Scout Gold Award with a project that benefited the children at St. Jude's Hospital.

Abigail Druhot: A student with a 4.6 grade-point average, she is headed to Boston College, where she will pursue international studies. Served as editor of the CHS Chronicle.





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