Catherine Brown from
Errol, NH and Scharolyn Hall from Richmond, VA have been awarded 2015 Women On
Par® Scholarships from the EWGA (Executive Women’s Golf Association) Foundation.
Now in its seventh
year, this scholarship program provides financial support to women 30 years of age and older who want to begin or
complete their undergraduate education to get ‘on par’ with their peers.
Brown and Hall were
awarded the scholarships based on need and their remarkable stories of perseverance
and determination to further their education. Both women are pursuing degrees
in the culinary arts and were thrilled to learn that the EWGA Foundation is helping to make their dreams a reality.
served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps from 1987 to 1992.
After military life, she stayed home to raise her young family. Since 2009, she
has been a self-employed small-scale farmer, learning organic growing practices
and growing many rare, heirloom and heritage varieties of small fruits,
vegetables and herbs. Hurricane Irene
wiped out her crops in 2011 and the bitter winter of 2013-14 presented another
natural disaster and financial setback for her to overcome.
Her concern for the
quality of local produce available in her community inspired her to return to
school to formalize her many years of experience as a home cook and market
gardener. Her long term goal is to open a commercial kitchen
specializing in local, organic meals for individuals with specific dietary
considerations such as food allergies, diabetics and those living with or recovering from severe
With a dual major in
Baking & Pastry Arts and Culinary Arts at White Mountains Community College,
Brown will graduate with an Associate of Science degree in May 2016. She then
plans to transfer to Kansas State University's Global Campus to complete online
her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition/Dietetics.
“I am so
grateful to have the financial support of the EWGA Foundation, “ says Brown. “This
scholarship means I will be able to earn my associate degree and continue to
pursue my education and career aspirations to nourish my community through the
power of food.
Scharolyn Hall is a
single mother who grew up in Queens, NY where baking or pastry arts were never
in her list of goals. When she was laid off because of budget cuts almost three
years ago, she had a hard time finding work. At the same time, she was
struggling to break free from a physically and mentally abusive relationship. One
day she mustered up enough energy to leave for good.
Her culinary journey
began when a parent of another student at her son’s school inquired about her
baked goods. Her cupcakes were so beautiful that the other parents were
convinced they had been made by a professional bakery. Seeing the potential, she
started baking to create extra income. Baking everything from cake pops to
cupcakes, breads and cookies, Hall would pack up her goodies and give them away
with her business cards. It wasn’t until she was approached to make a wedding
cake that she felt intimidated and in
need of formal training to perfect her craft.
In January 2015,
Hall enrolled in Stratford University’s Baking/Pastry Arts and Hospitality
Undergraduate Program. She plans on obtaining her Associate and Bachelor’s degree
within the next three years, with the goal to open her own custom cakery.
"Being chosen for a Women on Par
Scholarship gives me an immense sense of support from a group of women who
believe that I am capable and equipped to reach every goal I have set for
myself,” says Hall. " Thank EWGA and the EWGA Foundation!"
To make a contribution to the EWGA Foundation’s Women On
Par® scholarship fund contact the Foundation at (561) 691-0096 x 12 or visit www.ewgafoundation.com to donate online.