Lakeview native Jasmine Arce was recently awarded the $2,000 Live Your Dream scholarship from Soroptimist International of Lakeview. She will put the scholarship toward her education at Klamath Community College, where she will attend classes to earn an early childhood development certificate.
Arce is the daughter of Tall Town Café and Bakery operator Edith Arce. She was born and raised in Lakeview and graduated from Lakeview High School (LHS) in 2013. She is a mother to a three-year-old boy named Lyle and also holds two part-time jobs. Arce currently subs at LHS and helps out at Tall Town Café.
She moved to Salt Lake City, Utah after high school and lived there for five years. While there, she worked in day cares and said the experience shaped her passion for working with young children.
Arce expressed her gratitude for Soroptimist International of Lakeview and noted how much she appreciated the help and encouragement she received from Soroptimist Sec. Barb Simpson and Lake County School District #7 staff member Lonnie Chavez. She also thanked her mother, who encouraged her to apply for the scholarship.
As a Live Your Dream Awards finalist, Arce has the potential to receive up to $16,000 to help offset tuition costs, purchase books, get transportation, or find reliable childcare so she can worry less about how to pay her bills and focus on reaching her dreams, according to the organization’s website.
Obtaining her early childhood development certificate will take a year and a half, Arce said. After that, she plans to eventually pursue her bachelor’s degree.
Soroptimist member Marie Tucker said Arce was one of two women who applied for the Live Your Dream scholarship locally late last year. She noted that Arce was chosen to receive the award in part because she was deemed to have the greater need.
Tucker said the Live Your Dream Award is given out once a year to a single mother pursuing her education; she encourages more women to apply during the next cycle, which will be announced at a later date.
For more information, visit www.soroptimist.org/our-work/live-your-dream-awards/index.html