Updated: June 13, 2020
Domonique Janelewis Follows Her Dream
Domonique Janelewis of Las Cruces received $4000 in educational funds from the Soroptimist Golden West Region (GWR) through the Soroptimist Live Your Dream Award program. The GWR award is in addition to the $1500 award that Domonique received from SI-Las Cruces in February. The local award "really helped me this semester to cover costs of tuition because I didn't know how I was going to pay for it. That was a blessing for me toward my dream of graduating from college," Domonique says. The additional funding from GWR will ensure that Domonique is able to complete her final year of college.
complete a bachelor’s degree in family and child science at New Mexico
State University (NMSU) in Spring 2021, with the goal of mentoring
at-risk youth. A single mother who works full time at Families and
Youth, Inc., she was chosen for the award for her determination to
complete her education despite obstacles. “I've been abused, in state's
custody, homeless, and I didn't let any of that stop me from following
my heart and going back to school. I woke up every day, walked my
daughter to school, got on the city bus and went to class. I took
algebra three times before I passed it,” says Janelewis. “I know from
experience that not everyone has a strong support system. Together with
my experience and my educational background, I plan to guide [youth]
along their journeys by encouraging and motivating them to be the best
version of themselves.”
Live Your Dream Awards provide
women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families with
funds to offset costs of attaining post-secondary education or training,
including expenses that most scholarships don’t cover. This year’s
winners also received new laptop computers from Shannon and Maggie
Our 2020 cash awards for
education were made possible by grants from the Devasthali Family
Foundation Fund, administered by the Community Foundation of Southern
New Mexico, the John and Eunice Davidson Fund and individuals who
supported Soroptimist fundraising programs.
"This award really helped me to cover costs of tuition because I didn't know how I was going to pay for it.
That was a blessing for me toward my dream of graduating from college."