SCBWA Recognizes Scholarship, Continuing Education Recipients

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Emily Ankerson, back row left, Lilian Pedersen, Rebecca Wehmeier, April Haas, Kylie Lusk, Taylor Osborne; and, front left, Avery Renshaw, and Rachel Rainbolt

Sanibel Captiva Business Women’s Association recognizes scholarship and continuing education recipients at recent luncheon. The scholarship recipient search began in August and is awarded annually in November. Monies for the scholarship fund were raised at the Annual Fundraiser this September. This annual event helps fulfill the groups mission for scholarship and continuing education efforts. SCBWA awarded all seven applicants with a scholarship. The recipients include Molly Duignan, April Haas, Kylie Lusk, Lilian Pedersen, Rachel Rainbolt, Avery Renshaw and Rebecca Wehmeier. Six of the recipients attended the SCBWA November luncheon and shared how SCBWA is assisting in career and educational advancement opportunities.


Molly Duignan is an employee at Doc Ford’s on Sanibel. Her scholarship will go towards finishing her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Nova Southeastern University. Molly hopes to one day have her own private practice.


April Haas is a boat captain, business owner and a member of SCBWA. She will be using her scholarship to aid in completing her Florida Master Naturalist Program with the University of Florida, provided through a partner organization, Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF).

Kylie Lusk is a junior in high school, dual enrolled at Florida Southwestern State College. Her goal is to one day attend University of Florida and to become a dermatologist.


Lilian Pedersen works at CROW as a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator. Her scholarship will go towards the cost of attending the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association Symposium in 2024.

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