Two Auburndale Students Receive VoTech Scholarships from Ridge League of Cities, Inc.

City Commissioners pose for photo with RLC Scholarship winner

On Monday evening at a City Commission Meeting, the Auburndale City Commission recognized two (2) Auburndale students, Kaylee Jackson (not pictured) and Justin Berlin, who were selected to receive VoTech Scholarships from the Ridge League of Cities, Inc. (RLC) to help them further their education and work towards their career goals. The RLC works to assist its member municipalities throughout Central Florida to promote efficiency in local government and Vice Mayor Dorothea Taylor Bogert serves as Secretary to the organization.

Each year, the RLC awards $1,250.00 VoTech Scholarships to a select number of high school seniors who intend to learn a trade. There are 24 cities in 6 counties that are involved with the RLC, which accepts only one application from each high school for the VoTech Scholarship program.

Kaylee Jackson is an East Area Adult School graduate, who recently obtained her GED while working to help contribute to her family. She has also spent time volunteering with a pet rescue to care for animals that are being fostered and awaiting adoption. She plans to attend Ridge Technical College in July to study Cosmetology.

Justin Berlin is a recent graduate of Auburndale High School. While in school, he worked a part-time job and entered the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Elective Program to prepare for the next steps into postsecondary education. He plans to first attend Polk State College for their EMS program before going to Ridge Technical College to study firefighting and would also like to join their culinary arts program.

Congratulations to these two recent graduates on their success in obtaining Ridge League of Cities VoTech Scholarships!