Women United Awards Scholarships to Local Changemakers

Empowering Women, Shaping Futures: Women United Awards Scholarships to Local Changemakers

United Way of the Lowcountry’s Women United is thrilled to announce their biggest scholarship class yet, awarding six exceptional women continuing their educational journeys.
The Women United Scholarship Fund, fueled by passionate community members, empowers women to achieve their academic goals. This year’s inspiring recipients are:
Geobana Alvarez: A numbers whiz with a passion for financial literacy, Geobana is building a strong foundation in accounting at Technical College of the Lowcountry (TCL). She believes financial knowledge empowers success and will fuel her future in business.
Alyssa Roberts: Driven to make a lasting impact, Alyssa is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education at University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB). Her goal is to shape young minds and foster a generation of well-rounded, inspired individuals.
Tymeca Sawyer: A Beaufort native with a decade of medical experience, Tymeca’s dream of becoming a nurse is finally within reach thanks to her nursing studies at TCL. Her dedication to patient care fuels her ambition to be an integral part of the healthcare team.
Paula Madrid: A dedicated nursing student at TCL, Paula is committed to enhancing patient experiences through compassionate healthcare. With a passion for advocacy and a heart for helping others, she aims to be both a listening ear and a helping hand for individuals facing challenging situations.
Angela Thomas: A multi-talented go-getter, Angela is tackling a Business Administration/Management program with certifications in Accounting and Entrepreneurship at TCL. Her goal? To become a community-focused business manager empowering individuals with resources for a fresh start.
Kayla Townsend: Fired up to reignite classroom enthusiasm, Kayla is pursuing an Elementary Education degree at USCB. She’s committed to providing fair educational opportunities, ensuring every student feels valued and empowered.
This year, Women United received the most scholarship applications ever, a true testament to the impact of its Scholarship Fund. “We’re honored to support these amazing women pursuing their educational dreams,” said Katie Phifer, Chair of Women United’s Steering Committee. “These scholarships will turn their college aspirations into reality.”
Established in 2020, the Women United Scholarship Fund empowers non-traditional female students in Beaufort and Jasper Counties attending USCB or TCL. To be eligible, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and demonstrate community involvement through volunteerism.
Thanks to the generosity of our community’s women leaders, these scholarships are transforming lives. Connie Hipp and Gloria Duryea, Scholarship Committee Co-Chairs, express their gratitude: “We are incredibly thankful for the women who make these scholarships possible. Their support is making a real difference for these inspiring young women.”
Join the Movement: Become a Part of Women United
You can be part of the change! Women United offers a dynamic and engaging platform for women leaders to connect and support our community. Their mission is to break down educational barriers in Beaufort and Jasper Counties. Learn more and join Women United at https://uwlowcountry.org/our-work/womenunited/.

United Way of the Lowcountry: Building a Self-Sufficient Lowcountry
The United Way of the Lowcountry is building a brighter future for Beaufort and Jasper counties, one family at a time. We empower individuals to achieve self-sufficiency through education, resources and vital services. By investing in our community, you’re helping families thrive and building a united Lowcountry where everyone has the opportunity to succeed. Visit www.uwlowcountry.org to learn how you can invest and make a lasting difference.

Geobana Alvarez

Alyssa Roberts

Tymeca Sawyer

Paula Madrid

Angela Thomas

Kayla Townsend