The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International continues to promote professional and personal growth of women educators. Delta Kappa Gamma means Key Women Educators, and the St. Tammany Rho Chapter endows scholarship aid to outstanding students pursuing the field of education.

Applications are based on scholarship, service to school and community, character and personal essays. Rho Chapter uses its December meeting and Christmas gift auction as a way to raise money for its scholarships.

“I want to be in the field of education because I love to work with children,” said Ashley Saucier, Pope John Paul High School 2014 scholarship winner. “I want to make an impact on their lives and open their hearts and minds to learning.”

Saucier plans to attend University of Southern Mississippi and major in elementary education.

Ellen Lamarque, scholarship chairwoman, said Saucier’s application showed the passion in learning and teaching necessary to accomplish post-secondary challenges. Saucier’s grandmother, a teacher for many years in the Pearl River area, taught her to make a difference in the world one child at a time.

Kortney Chiappetta, 2014 graduate of Mandeville High School, also plans to attend University of Southern Mississippi to pursue a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

“Kortney is a young woman whose intellect and talents are matched by a warm and engaging demeanor,” Deborah Tongois, a teacher at MHS, said. “Kortney’s dedication to her school, her community and above all, her own educational journey, is remarkable, but her purity of heart to improve the lives of others and see them excel is inspirational to all who know her.”