Each year PEO Chapter GT, Delta, selects a graduating senior girl as recipient of a $1,000 scholarship. The scholarship is rotated to the four high schools in Delta County. This year Hadassa Graham of Delta High School received the honor.
Participating senior girls are asked to write an essay about "Women in Today's Society," and submit their academic record, leadership activities and community service. In her essay Hadassa commented, "Successful women don't let terms and definitions of what a woman should be stand in the way of their goals. They just do the work required."
At Delta High School, Hadassa was active in Future Farmers of America for four years holding the offices of president, treasurer and secretary. She has been a member of 4-H for seven years serving as president and vice president of Green Acres 4-H Club and acting as reporter and alternate senator for the Delta County 4-H Council 2014-2015.
For the past two years she had a market beef project for the Delta County Fair raising her own steers.
A July tea hosted by Chapter GT honored Hadassa Graham. Graham plans to attend college at Colorado State University in Fort Collins this fall majoring in agricultural education with a minor in agricultural business or double major in animal science. Her career choice is to be a high school agriculture teacher.
At the tea, scholarship chairman Grace Burgevin commended Hadassa for her talent and poise, and presented her with a check for the $1,000 scholarship. Sharon Clark (Cedaredge), Mary Price (North Fork) and Dorothy Dunfelder (Delta) were also members of the scholarship committee.
PEO is a philanthropic organization providing scholarships to women at the local, state and international level.
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