Women in Defense Central Florida Chapter (WID CFL) hosted their annual scholarship breakfast on April 19, 2018 to award two female students with academic scholarships. Both awardees demonstrated exceptional talent, commitment and goals for their future in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) field. WID CFL also had the honor of hosting Sharon Donoghue, Human Resources Director of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office as guest speaker. Director Donoghue spoke to us about the importance of on women in leadership and in law enforcement.
She also provided sound career management advice having served close to 25 years in positions of increasing responsibility within Orange County Government. A special thanks to Ms. Donoghue for taking the time to share her experiences at our event!

The submissions for both high school and college categories were extraordinary which made the awardee selection quite difficult. After careful consideration, the review committee selected the following students as scholarship recipients:
• Shannon Fitzpatrick – Senior at Lyman High School who has been accepted to Florida State University to pursue an engineering major
• Karina Thomas – University of Central Florida student currently majoring in Mechanical Engineering

Both ladies received a $1,500 scholarship check for the 2018-19 school year. WIC CFL wishes these young ladies the very best as they pursue their academic goals. We congratulate them on their achievements and look forward to hearing about their accomplishments in the future!