Every year Altrusa International of Delta awards $9,000 in scholarships to deserving applicants. This tradition began in the early 1990s.
Seven $1,000 scholarships are awarded to adults who have been out of high school for five or more years. Also, $500 scholarships are awarded to local high school Astra teens. The Astra Clubs are sponsored by Altrusa, with the goal of teaching young adults the benefits of giving through community service.
Monies for these scholarships are raised at the Sugar Plum Festival held at Bill Heddles Recreation Center in November each year.
This year, winners for Astra were Danielle Hale, Shannon Foley and Lucero Chavez. The winners for the non-traditional students returning to school were Guy Kenniger, Amy Lemon, Travis Lackey, Joe Nortrup, Lawrence Bejarano, Angela Lopes and Denay Mills.
Each year these individuals are invited to an Altrusa meeting to talk about their career goals. Altrusa scholarship applications can be found online at www.altrusa