Recently Warren County’s Gamma Chi Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International (DKG) presented awards to outstanding women who are pursuing degrees in education or enhancing their leadership skills.

These Gamma Chi Awards were given to fulfill two of the seven DKG purposes: “To endow scholarships to aid outstanding women educators in pursuing graduate study and to grant fellowships (grants-in-aid) to non-member women educators,” and “To stimulate the personal and professional growth of members and to encourage their participation in appropriate programs of action.”

Four $500 Nancy Blankenship Grant-in-Aid Awards were presented. Nancy Blankenship was a charter member of the Gamma Chi Chapter before her death in 2010. These awards are made possible by the Blankenship family in memory of their mother. The recipients are Ellen Denning, Faith Nickole Heisler, Heidy F. Labra-Franco and Hailey Kaye Stroud.

Ellen Denning is a sophomore at N.C. State University. She is pursuing a degree in English Education. Her goal is to teach in an underfunded school district in this geographic area.

Faith Nickole Heisler is a sophomore at N.C. A&T University. In preparing to become a school counselor, she is studying psychology. Her goals include a master’s degree in school counseling.

Heidy F. Labra-Franco is a freshman at N.C. State University. Her career goal is to teach secondary mathematics in Warren County.

Hailey Kaye Stroud is a sophomore at Barton College. Her goal is to become an elementary school teacher. Also, she has decided to earn a minor in psychology to enable her to become a therapist for troubled children as a secondary career. She would like to return home to teach.

Mila Alston received the $500 Josephine Myrick Grant-in-Aid Award. The award is named after Josephine Myrick, the mother of member Dr. Sylvia Alston.

Each year Myrick makes and donates a crocheted afghan for the members to raffle in order to raise money for the Gamma Chi Scholarship and Grant Fund. Mila, who has received Gamma Chi awards for undergraduate study, is attending graduate school in Communications Sciences Disorders at N.C. Central University.

Her goal is to become a speech clinician who helps clients to reach Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals and to become confident in their communications skills.

Aimee Anderson, who is a Gamma Chi member, received a Gamma Chi Professional Development Grant to provide funding for her to attend Telehealth & Anxiety Treatment Certification Training through Professional Education Systems Institution, Inc. (PESI, INC.).