ABILENE, Texas - Eight Abilene women were honored for their high level of success at the eighth annual Women of Outstanding Achievement luncheon Monday.
The women were recognized by the Abilene chapter of the American Association of University Women at the ACU Hunter Welcome Center.
This year’s honorees included:
Dr. Sandra Harper - President, McMurry University
Katie Alford - President, Community Foundation Abilene
Nanci Liles - Executive Director, Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director
Carole Pickett - Office Manager, Fellowship of Christian Athletes
June Wideman - Executive Assistant to First Financial Bank President Scott Dueser
Karen Turner-Austin Telco Federal Credit Union Board of Directors President
Carol Bardin Hall - Former First Lady of Hardin-Simmons University and recipient of the prestigious State of Texas Yellow Rose Award. This award is only awarded to Texas women for outstanding achievement.
Donna Reiff - Retired special needs educator, Cooper High School Green Team organizer.
This year's event brings the total number of honorees that have been named since the recognition event started in 2010 to 50.
Along with the eight women who were acknowledged, six other women earning degrees from Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Abilene Christian University, Hardin-Simmons University and McMurry University were honored at the luncheon and awarded scholarships totaling $15,000.
Scholarship honorees included:
Cynthia Niles - Abilene Christian University Nursing student
Ify Onyemelukwe - Hardin-Simmons University
Joy Okoro - McMurry University graduate
Demetris Hardy - Texas Tech School of Pharmacy in Abilene
Megan Butler - Pursuing a Biomedical Science degree at McMurry University
Carly Kahl - Seeking Ph.D. in history at Texas Tech in Lubbock.
This is AAUW Abilene’s 85th year to award scholarships to women in the Abilene area.
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