BAKER COUNTY – (Release from Soroptimist International of Baker County) The SIBC InnovateHer Grant was created to foster economic development in Baker County by supporting women-owned/led companies that are beyond the idea phase and ready to grow/update their business. The recipient may use the $2,000 cash award to offset any costs associated with business expansion or updates, such as business equipment purchase, interior/exterior improvements, web page build, and product expansion purchases.
This year’s SIBC InnovateHER Grant recipient is Jayne Skidgel, Kicks Sportswear! Jayne plans to use the grant dollars to help with the purchase of a new Point of Sale software program and update the exterior of the store.
The $1000 Scholarships are given to a girl continuing her education. She must be a current graduate of a Baker County or North Powder school, or graduated within the last 5 years, and must be attending and/or accepted to a Higher Education School. (University, College, Trade School, etc?)
This year’s scholarship winners are Maddison Morgan and Anna Carter.
Maddie’s dream is to become a veterinarian and have her own swine operation who primary function is to provide show pigs to kids like her. Maddie will be pursuing her Bachelor of Biology/Pre-veterinary studies at Eastern Oregon University.
Anna aspires to become an Event Planner for a university, athletic, or church youth program. She is pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at Oregon State University.
Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization that improves the lives of women and girls. Soroptimist envisions a world where women and girls have the resources and opportunities to reach their full potential. More than 110,000 members and supporters in 20 countries and territories invest in the dreams of women and girls through access to education. Soroptimist’s main program, Live Your Dream Education and Training Awards for Women, has disbursed about $30 million to almost 20,000 women since 1972. Its newest program, Dream It, Be It, targets girls in secondary school who face obstacles to their future success. Soroptimist also powers LiveYourDream.org, its online community that provides on- and offline opportunities for volunteer action benefiting women and girls.