AMSOC rewards brilliant Panamanian students

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The American Society of Panama (AMSOC) will be rolling out the red carpet during its Gala Scholarship Ball the night of Friday, February 14. Ten students from high schools in Panama and Colón will be presented with grants. The Gala will take place at the residence of the U.S. ambassador to Panama, and will double as a fundraiser benefitting the AMSOC scholarship program.

Gala Committee members seated: Charlotte Pierce, Amsoc President; Terry Farrar, Ambassador’s wife & hostess; Marilyn Johnson, Advisor. Standing: Marcia Henry, Chair of the Scholarship Program; Ryan Karnes, Embassy Liaison.

Gala Committee members seated: Charlotte Pierce, Amsoc President; Terry Farrar, Ambassador’s wife & hostess; Marilyn Johnson, Advisor. Standing: Marcia Henry, Chair of the Scholarship Program; Ryan Karnes, Embassy Liaison.

The scholarships are intended to assist Panamanian students in 7th to 12th grade and university that meet financial need criterion and demonstrate scholastic performance. Students must also show a desire to learn English and are required to have it as a course in their curriculum. The dollar amounts awarded are determined by a committee. Funds are to be used for education purposes, such as paying for school matriculation, internet connection or food costs.

Marcia Henry, the Scholarship Chair, explained that “the Scholarship Gala is a ‘cocktail attire’ event. Ladies are asked to wear red, white or black. Gentlemen are asked to wear dark suits.” Champagne will be served and the guests will be entertained with music by Orquesta Zafiro.

Because of the exclusivity of the venue, ticket sales for the Gala closed on February 3, for security reasons. Still, anyone wishing to contribute to AMSOC’s education fund should look out for the various fundraisers which are organized throughout the year. The first Monday of each month is “Mix and Meet” event, during which a “50-50” raffle takes place. Raffle winners take home 50% of the money raised, with the remaining 50% going to the scholarship. “Sometimes, the winner decides to donate their prize back to the fund,” said Henry.

In the future, the AMSOC scholarship hopes to add mentors to the roster of benefits students may receive. For now, getting the word out to students and educators about the availability of the assistance is a high priority.

For further information on the scholarship fund, contact the Scholarship Chair, Marcia Henry by calling 6672-1718 or by writing mhenry0221@gmail.com.

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