Michelle Sawyer had wanted to be a nurse since she was in high school, but her ex-husband did not support her dream. With the help of a Professional Women of Winston-Salem (PWWS) scholarship in 2012, Michelle was able to attend Forsyth Technical Community College with the goal of providing a better life for her three children. “I want them to have things that I was unable to have as a child,” said Sawyer. “I feel I am setting a good example for them by teaching them that hard work pays off.”
Since 2000, PWWS has awarded 15 scholarships to women like Michelle, helping change the course of many lives while encouraging women to follow their dreams. On February 27th, PWWS will host its annual silent auction with proceeds to benefit the scholarship fund. The vision of PWWS is “to create an environment where women will learn to become their best self, where they will grow professionally to reach and exceed their goals and where women will build a network of lasting relationships.” The group accomplishes this goal through monthly luncheons for networking and professional development, through volunteer activities and by awarding scholarships to single mothers who are going back to school. PWWS scholarships are open to single, working mothers either residing in or attending a college or university in Forsyth County. The annual PWWS Silent Auction serves as the primary fundraiser for the scholarship fund which will one day become an endowment to provide ongoing support for women’s education well into the future.
Want to be involved? Join the party on February 27th from 7-10pm at the Womble Carlyle Club at BB&T Ballpark for an evening of great food and drinks to support a worthy cause. Bring your friends, co-workers and significant others, and have fun bidding on an array of beautiful, unique auction items. Tickets are limited, so act now and get your early bird tickets by February 10th for only $40 each.
PWWS is an energetic organization with more than 100 members including professional women in the community from all disciplines. The organization seeks to stimulate professional and personal growth and development through a community of women who support each other in becoming more effective in the business world by offering opportunities to exchange resources and new ideas, make new contacts and open new lines of communication. All women are invited to come by and visit a meeting sometime! Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at BB&T Ballpark, and guests can register online at pwws.org
If you are a woman interested in making a difference in the lives of others while establishing personal and professional connections, PWWS may be the perfect fit for you.
Join us for our February meeting on Wednesday, February 10th from 11:30am-1pm.
“Women and Money: Taking Charge of Your Financial Future” with Hilary Kosloske