Five Palm Beach Atlantic University students have been chosen as recipients of Executive Women of the Palm Beaches 2013 scholarships. The students were recognized at the 30th annual Women in Leadership Luncheon on Thursday.
|Palm Beach Atlantic University students receiving scholarships from the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches include (from left) Ariana Picchetto, Gabrielle Ready, Carolina Franco and Sarah Reeg. Not pictured is Kailee Garnsey.|
Ariana Picchetto of West Palm Beach received the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches scholarship. Picchetto is a junior who is double-majoring in accounting and finance, and she has served as a volunteer during the annual World Leaders Conference held at PBA. Her other involvements include participating in the National Conference on Ethics in America at the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2011, volunteering to provide income tax assistance through the United Way’s VITA program and providing volunteer support for American Cancer Society events like Relay for Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. She was chosen for Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges in 2012, and she has served as past president of the Sigma Beta Delta National Business Honor Society.
Kailee Garnsey of Delray Beach received the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches scholarship. Garnsey is a junior who is majoring in international business. She is a member of the International Business Club and Sigma Beta Delta honor society, and she volunteered nearly 300 hours as a Delray Beach Girl Scout leader and served as a soccer coach for the Delray Soccer Club. “One of my goals is to travel and learn as much as possible about other cultures firsthand,” Garnsey said. “Hopefully, I will be able to better others’ lives through the knowledge and experience that I will gain from getting a degree in international business.”
Gabrielle Ready of West Palm Beach received the Kathryn C. Vecellio Scholarship. Ready is a junior who is majoring in education with a minor in pre-kindergarten/primary. She has worked at C.R.O.S. Ministries for two years as a site director/day camp counselor and as assistant director of the summer camp program. She presently is working at Urban Youth Impact as a substitute team leader mentoring, tutoring and building life skills in elementary-aged students. On campus, she has served as a peer mentor, and she is a resident assistant who will become an assistant resident director next school year. She has served on multiple mission trips to Belle Glade doing outreach, painting houses, landscaping and garbage pickup. After graduation, she plans to teach at an urban school or overseas. Eventually she hopes to open or direct a Dream Center facility like Urban Youth Impact.
Second-year pharmacy student Sarah Reeg of Merritt Island received the Graduate Health Scholarship. Reeg is an active member of numerous professional organizations including: The Palm Beach Society of Health-System Pharmacists; the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists, for which she serves on the Student Political Action Network Committee; the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists; the Florida Pharmacy Association; the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, for which she serves as historian; the National Community Pharmacists Association, for which she serves as Legislative Action Committee chair; the Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International; and Phi Lambda Sigma. Reeg plays in the Pharmonics, the pharmacy school’s praise and worship team, at weekly pharmacy chapels. Reeg also assists her classmates as a pharmacy student tutor. In 2012, she participated in a pharmacy medical mission trip to Belle Glade, and this summer she will take part in a pharmacy medical mission trip to Honduras. She has volunteered for the Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome and the pharmacy school’s annual health fair. She also is an open airways course instructor with the American Lung Association in Lake Worth.
Carolina Franco, a Miami native who grew up in Colombia, received the Florida Power & Light Scholarship. Franco is a junior majoring in biology with a concentration in pre-health. She has logged more than 50 hours of service at Good Samaritan Medical Center and more than 40 hours of service at Vision Church International. Franco enlisted in the U.S. Navy for four years after graduation from high school. She was deployed twice to the Persian Gulf for seven months each time. She handled every type of explosive and loaded them in the fighter aircraft. Her squadron, VFA-83, was part of Operation Enduring Freedom in Iraq. When her contract ended, she decided to focus on school and moved to West Palm Beach to start pursuing a degree. “One of my goals is to become a doctor so that I can travel around the world and help the sick,” Franco said.