Nicole Johnson


I have always had a passion for creativity. I love painting, fixing things, building things, and working with my hands to make something that I know someone else would appreciate. When I was little, I would come home from school, and my Grandma would always bring me straight to the kitchen to help her. That was the spark that ignited my love of cooking. Over the years I have learned to cook many different things, but my absolute favorite thing to do is bake. Thus, I became a Pastry Chef. The pastry arts are more difficult than you would imagine as you must be precise with everything you do. Pastry can be a form of art itself when creating a sculpture made entirely of sugar. I pursued my passion, and what I would love is for this scholarship to allow someone else to do the same.


Lisa Shaw


As an educator for more than two decades, I know firsthand how important it is to make every effort to give youngsters the opportunity, support, and nourishment necessary to fulfill their dreams. As a child of immigrant parents, I know firsthand how powerful it is to have a dream and pursue it despite hardships. If we can ease someone's hardship and prevent the abandonment of a long-sought-after dream, we have done our job. When hope is to your right, and possibility to your left, going forward is easy. I believe this scholarship will give hope and the possibility to allow someone to move forward and upward, and become the star they were meant to be.


Sandra Gutierrez


I became a Central Ballerina at the age of 12 through 17 years old and was privileged to have the education and love for the arts in many forms. Due to the difficulties in my native country, I immigrated to the USA and tried in many ways to continue my love for the arts. I ended up becoming an early educator for over 25 years and shared a passion for education and arts. A professional chef and a mixology bartender and crafter in many ways. I knit, crochet, love music, and passionately love the outdoors and nature. Understanding that many talented future generations might need a hand to go forward, as a respectful fan of Sam, we have decided to start a scholarship in recognition of his love for the arts. Hopefully, this will become something that can open doors for many over the years.


Megan Caughern


From a young age, I had a passion for theater and the art of acting. Throughout my school years, I took several theater classes, joined an agency, and was dedicated to pursuing my dream. Financial difficulties, along with other circumstances, put that dream on the back burner until as of late. I have also spent a fair amount of time working with local educators on different projects, including other scholarships, to aid our youth in pursuing their goals. It is so important to not only encourage our young people to follow their dreams but to do all we can to equip them with the tools necessary to do so, and I’m hopeful that this scholarship will do just that for many years to come.


Susan Reynolds


As a young girl, I always dreamed of being an actress, a singer, and even a ballerina. I would act, sing, and dance in "shows" I would put on for my family. I sang in the choir throughout middle and high school. I worked on the sets for the plays in high school after I discovered I had stage fright performing in front of total strangers and was painfully shy at that moment in time. After I graduated, I became more drawn to healthcare and so I became a nurse. I had no idea at the time that working closely with patients, families, doctors, and others in my field would sometimes be comparable to performing on a stage. And so, over the years my shyness and stage fright was overcome. My love for the arts never left me and I am honored to be a part of founding this scholarship. I would love for the scholarship to be awarded to someone brimming with hope, inspiration, and determination and just needs a helping hand to begin on their journey of following their dreams.


Bridget Dinehart


I am a single parent of a wonderful son who got into college on his own merits. He applied for a scholarship that would pay for his entire education. To be awarded that scholarship, he had to write an essay. He wrote that while being brought up in a limited income household that could not afford to pay for college. He still had the drive and the desire to succeed and put the scholarship to good use fulfilling his dream of becoming a nurse. He graduated this year with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and is currently working as a nurse in Alaska. I understand all too well what it is like to want something but can't afford it unless you get help from others. That is why it is so important to me to be a part of this project to help others fulfill their dreams.


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