Women’s Empowerment Award

The club introduced this award for the first time this year and is excited to honor two noteworthy recipients.

Mercedes Fragoza 2018/19 Award Winner

Mercedes, a 20-year-old student at Contra Costa Medical Career College, studies to be an Administration Medical Assistant, Clinical Medical Assistant, Phlebotomist and Electrocardiogram Technician. When she finishes this training, she plans to continue her education in a hospital setting to become a registered Labor and Delivery nurse. This scholarship helps pay for the licenses and examination fees required to complete the nursing prerequisites. Mercedes mother was her inspiration. She saw how hard it was for her mother to go to school and raise a family. Mercedes doesn’t let the fact that she is on her own while pursuing her education deter her from her goal.

Kalani May Makua 2018/19 Award Winner

Kalani loves kids. She is currently enrolled in a program of higher learning offered by Sacramento City College called Oxford Seminars. There, she studies English as a second language to teach English students in non-English speaking countries. On her return from India where she was teaching adults and children to speak English, Kalani found her heart and mind ready for this career. Kalani is 19 years old and the oldest of 6 children. She supports her education on her own. She says, “nothing comes easy in life.” Kalani’s hard work and determination will assure she reaches her goals.