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This year’s Women’s Empowerment Conference will award $10,000 in scholarships for this college in the fall.

By Mandi Flores

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

The 13th annual Women’s Empowerment Conference is planned May 22 to motivate and inspire individuals to pursue personal and educational goals, a continuing education specialist said April 3.

The one-day motivational conference for women will be 8 a.m.-3 p.m. May 22 in the auditorium of McAllister Fine Arts Center.

It is sponsored by H-E-B and Network Power/Texas, Abby Gonzalez, a specialist with this college’s empowerment center, said.

Network Power/Texas, formed in 1978, was the first networking group in San Antonio and one of its purposes is to provides scholarships to students in Alamo Colleges.

“Thirteen years ago, we realized there was not outreach for the population of nontraditional students who are 24 or older trying to return to school,” Gonzalez said.

This conference will provide information and help regarding GED preparation and testing, college enrollment, financial aid, overcoming fears and gaining confidence to reach personal goals.

The goal is to reach out to individuals who have not been in school for six or more years, Gonzalez said. “Last year, we had a little over 350; this year we hope to get 400 or more.”

Because these individuals have not been in school in years or only have high school diplomas, many are fearful of getting back in school, Gonzalez said.

This conference gives them a chance to sit down and talk with current nontraditional students.

“There is going to be lots of positive energy and motivation at these events, and the motivation helps get rid of fears of fitting in,” Gonzalez said.

“The most exciting part of the event will be the presentation of scholarships.”

Scholarship totals have not been finalized because donations are still coming in. So far $10,000, will be awarded for attendance at this college in the fall.

To receive this scholarship, an essay needs to be submitted by April 21.

The topic for the essay is “Imagine you have been asked to speak to a group of young women. What personal experiences or stories would you share in this group to help them understand the importance of a college education, career, and being a leader.”

The essay is submitted online, 400 word maximum, at www.alamo.edu/sac/swans/.

The deadline for registration for this event is May 10.

Registration can be done online at www.alamo.edu/sac/swans.

For more information about the scholarships or the conference, call the empowerment center at 210-486-0455.

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