Gila County Democrats rewarded the good grades and financial need of five Gila Community College students at the Payson and Globe campuses.
One of the club's $500 scholarships was awarded to Sara Bontempi who has been a member of the Payson Community for five years. She initially worked as a nanny for her two nieces, which enabled her to stay home with her baby daughter. For the past year and a half, she worked in a rural doctor's office in Pine, plus at a local nursing home. First, she worked as a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) and now as a LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse).
When Mrs. Bontempi began her studies in the nursing program at Gila Community College, Payson in January 2006, she had three classmates. One year later there are 20 students in the two-year registered nurse program. When she receives her RN certificate in May 2007, she will be taking the first step toward achieving her goal of becoming an emergency room nurse and perhaps in time a nurse practitioner.
In addition, there are four other students in Gila Community College: Payson and Globe campuses who received $500 individually for their scholarship from the Gila County Democratic Club. There are two others at GCC Payson campus: Mollie Scott and Amantha Nielson.
The Globe campus of GCC has two students who have been given $500 each. Michele Lynn Munarin is a full-time student and a single parent whose goal is to become a teacher.
The other scholarship went to Marty L. Cassadore, who lives in San Carlos. He works full time while carrying as many credits as possible.