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EOC counselor, WKU alumni receive Women of Achievement awards

Educational Opportunity Centers Counselor Rita Meredith received the 2016 Woman of Achievement award for her work as a college educator at the 24th annual Bowling Green Women of Achievement luncheon on March 19.

Rita Meredith

Rita Meredith

The Women of Achievement awards are presented by the Bowling Green Human Rights Commission in recognition of women in our community who demonstrate in their lives a world where possibilities for women are limitless.

Other WKU alumni honored at the Women of Achievement luncheon, held at the Augenstein Alumni Center, included Lane Pham, Arts; Sue Parrigin, Business; Melinda Hill, Community Service; Lanna Kilgore, Entrepreneurship; Carla Brown, Women Reaching Higher; Leyda Becker, Woman of the Year; Jayme Hardy, Youth Achievement; Sarah Schrader, Native Daughter.

Meredith was recognized for her work with the EOC program assisting low-income, first-generation students enter college, her work with international students attending WKU, and with the WKU Study Abroad program in Argentina.  She was also honored for her partnerships with area agencies such as the Reach Higher Program at the Bowling Green Housing Authority, Hope House, Goodwill and others where her workshops have inspired many adults to develop new skills through entering and completing programs of study at area universities and colleges.

The EOC TRiO program is a grant-funded program through the U.S. Department of Education to expand educational opportunities for low-income, first-generation students, veterans and students with disabilities throughout the United States. EOC has offices in Glasgow at the WKU Glasgow Regional Campus and in Bowling Green in Jones-Jaggers Hall on the WKU campus.

Contact: Michelle Shutt, (270) 745-5292

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