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.
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.