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posted: 2/27/2014 12:13 PM

McHenry resident wins Soroptimist grant

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  • Jaclyn Fowler is the winner of the 2014 Virginia M. Wagner Educational Grant from Soroptimist International of Suburban Chicago.

      Jaclyn Fowler is the winner of the 2014 Virginia M. Wagner Educational Grant from Soroptimist International of Suburban Chicago.
    Courtesy of Soroptimist International of Suburban Chicago

Submitted by Diane Kegley

Jaclyn Fowler, a sophomore at Northern Illinois University, is the winner of the 2014 Virginia Wagner Educational Award presented by Soroptimist International of Suburban Chicago.

The Virginia Wagner Educational Award honors the effort and scholarship of a woman attending a college or university to earn a baccalaureate, masters or doctoral degree.

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Fowler is currently majoring in mathematics, with a minor in Spanish. Her goal is to teach mathematics at the high school level, where she hopes to help students learn that math is approachable, fun and easy. She wants to encourage students to pursue careers involving math.

Fowler is a member of the Lambda Sigma Honor Society, which involves not only university activity but works to give back to the community through fundraising and volunteerism. She was co-founder and serves as vice president of Northern Notes, an all-female a cappella group that does volunteer performances at NIU and in the community.

This summer, she will be involved with GIVE (Growth International Volunteer Excursions). Fowler will spend two weeks building a school in Nicaragua and teaching English to the Spanish-speaking native children.

She wants to share the encouragement, knowledge and confidence she gained from her mentors and role models to ensure future opportunities for children wherever she may journey.

She will receive a certificate and cash award at the annual Soroptimist reception in early May.

Soroptimist of Suburban Chicago is part of an international organization that supports women and girls. The Virginia Wagner Educational Award was established by Soroptimist's Midwest Region to honor a past governor and her dedication to higher learning.

If you are interested in Soroptimist International of Suburban Chicago, visit

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