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Franklin Woman’s Club Announces 2018 Annual College Scholarship Recipients

May 17, 2018

SOMERSET, NJ – The Franklin Woman’s Club (FWC) is pleased to announce this year’s scholarship winners: Gabriella Consiglio, Anjana Nair, Karinna Rao, Sierra Schiff, Maitri Shah, Summer Thompson and Madison Whiting.  These recipients were selected based on their scholastic achievement, community service, school activity participation and displays of leadership along with letters of recommendation. Students were honored at the annual Franklin Woman’s Club dinner on May 15, held at The Venue 518 (formerly Madeline's) in Bound Brook.

Funds for college scholarships were raised through the Franklin Woman Club’s annual Tricky Tray fundraiser. Each of the honorees, all high school seniors from Franklin Township, will receive a one-time award of $1,000.  The club will also donate funds toward a scholarship for an Elijah’s Promise Culinary School student.

The Franklin Woman’s Club has been offering scholarships for over 25 years and is thrilled to be able to support female high school seniors from Franklin Township as they embark on this important next step of their professional growth. This year, the club dedicated their scholarship awards to the memory of Kim Thorne, who served as the FWC Co-President for the 2017-2018 club year.  Sadly, her service was cut short due to her unexpected death in October after a very brief illness. Prior to that, she served in several other club leadership positions, including the founding of its book club.  The FWC is proud that the scholarship award recipients share Kim’s values for education and volunteerism.  

As stated by Tracy Muse, FWC Education Chair, “The education committee reviewed applications this year from a large number of students all of whom reside in Franklin Township and attend a variety of schools in Somerset County.  We were excited and impressed by all who applied and their accomplishments.  Although all were qualified, we could only select seven for this award. It is amazing how actively involved these young ladies have been, juggling school work, giving back to their community and working while maintaining academic excellence.”

The Franklin Woman’s Club acknowledges the work of its members who reviewed all applications and selected recipients as part of their Scholarship Committee responsibilities: Tracy Muse (Education Chair), Phyllis Beals, Lisa Casazza, Sharon Coney, Nancy Gale, Sherice McQueen, Joanne Murset and Sheila Snell. 

The FWC, a nonprofit, nonpartisan and nonsectarian service organization, is committed to improving the community through volunteerism. In addition to community initiatives, the club also features frequent social and educational events for enrichment. To learn more about the club, becoming a member or checking out upcoming fundraising events such as the Paint & Sip Night scheduled for Friday June 15 at Wine and Dreams, Somerset and the Wine Tasting at Old York Cellars (Sunday October 7), visit,  email inquiries to: or call (732) 844-9002. To follow the club’s activities on Facebook visit:

Franklin Woman’s Club Meetings are held at Franklin High School, 500 Elizabeth Avenue, Somerset, on the 2ndTuesday of the Month (7pm) (September through May), with some off-site meetings.

The FWC is part of the General and New Jersey State Federations of Women's Clubs.

The General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) is an international women's organization with over 80,000 members in affiliated clubs in every state, the District of Columbia, and more than a dozen countries. GFWC members work in their own communities to support the arts, preserve natural resources, advance education, promote healthy lifestyles, encourage civic involvement and work toward world peace and understanding.

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