The St. Lawrence County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded Massena’s Lisa Furnace with a scholarship to continue her education at SUNY Canton.
Furnace, a mother of six, earned an associate degree in accounting in May and is continuing this fall to earn a bachelor’s degree in legal studies.
In addition to her academic accomplishments, she is a volunteer firefighter and has helped raise funds for local Catholic schools. Furnace also served as a volunteer income tax assistance worker and is active in the Massena MOMs group, which provides assistance to mothers and families in the Massena community.
Furnace won the associate degree Outstanding Graduate Award at the College’s 2012 Commencement. She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and made President’s List for earning a 3.75 of higher grade point average during each of her four semesters in the accounting program.
In addition to her award, she also was given a membership in AAUW.
SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner and SUNY Canton Director of Human Resources Betty Connolly are both AAUW St. Lawrence County Branch officers.
“Lisa is a deserving recipient of this award because of her commitment to excellence in her academic pursuits, as well as her volunteer work in the community,” Schiffner said. “Fellow students said Lisa is inspirational and always willing to help. Faculty said she takes charge of her education and values her experience at the College.”
AAUW is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. AAUW has more than 150,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and 700 college and university partners. Membership is open to anyone who supports the mission of AAUW, regardless of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or class.
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