Soroptimists give $9K for San Juan Women’s Education

Contributed Photo. Halley Byrne.

From Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor

Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor is pleased to announce its 2021 educational award winners.

Contributed Photo. Megan Haagensen.

The Educational Opportunity Award is for a woman enrolled in an undergraduate degree or vocational skills program. This year Soroptimists were able to give out three $2,000 awards.

The award winners are Halley Byrne, Megan Haagensen and Victoria Polda.

Halley is working her way through the pre-nursing program at Skagit Valley Community College with the intention of enrolling in their RN program when her prerequisites are completed. She then plans to get a Bachelor of Science in Nursing through the University of Washington bridge program.

Contributed Photo. Victoria Polda.

Victoria is studying at the Colorado School of Mines for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. She plans to pursue a career in hardware engineering or integrated circuits and electronics either in industry or research, and to one day work on quantum computers.

Megan is studying to become an elementary school teacher and will soon receive her Associate in Education degree from Skagit Valley Community College. She has been accepted to Western Washington University, with Distinction, and hopes to be accepted into the Woodring College of Education where she will continue her studies.

Soroptimists also gave out one $3,000 Fellowship Award. This award is for a woman who is returning to college for post-graduate study leading to an advanced degree to enhance her business or profession.

These awards were made possible due to the generosity of community members and local businesses who support Soroptimist fundraising projects.

Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor is the local club of a worldwide service organization whose mission is to improve the lives of women and girls. In Friday Harbor, Soroptimists raise and donate more than $40,000 and thousands of volunteer hours each year to community projects.

To learn more about the local Soroptimist club, visit

Posted on May 24, 2021 at 5:30 am by

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