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Women with a Vision Scholarship Endowment 2012-2013

Couple Supports Women with a Vision Scholarship Offers Education for Single Mothers


hen Nicole Castillo discovered that she was pregnant during her first year of college, she dropped out of school. Seven years later, she became eligible for a new scholarship that helps single mothers train for family-supporting jobs. Now Castillo is on track to graduate in 2014 from Blackhawk

Technical College (BTC) with a degree in nursing and a brighter future for herself and her children.

“I feel that I can be an example to other mothers who think they don’t have the time for school, or that it’s not the right time because of financial difficulties,” said Castillo. “Helping others is exactly why I want to finish my nursing degree.”

Nicole’s scholarship is funded by longtime Community Foundation supporters Norm and Carol Aulabaugh, who partnered with the Zonta Club of Janesville to create the Women with a Vision Scholarship at BTC.

“Many years ago, we saw an article about a single mother who had returned to school to get her degree and built a better life for herself,” said Norm. “We thought that was just wonderful.”

Giving back to their community is nothing new for the Aulabaughs of Orfordville. Carol and Norm hold a donor advised fund that supports a variety of local interests and another scholarship fund for Orfordville High School students.

“When we learned about the Women with a Vision Scholarship,” said Norm, “we immediately offered to help. We especially like this scholarship because of the process the Zonta Club goes through to select a deserving recipient.”

Left to right: Sue Conley, CFSW executive director, Norm Aulabaugh, Nicole Castillo, Sharon Kennedy, CFSW board member and Blackhawk Technical College vice president, and Carol Aulabaugh.

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