2018-08-09 / Living

GFWC awards $500 scholarship to local student

BY LANIA ROCHA
810-452-2652 • lrocha@mihomepaper.com


Anna Pirker-Fruehauf, second from left, accepts a $500 scholarship from members of the GFWC – Swartz Creek Women’s Club, from left, Korene Kelly, Elaine Tucker, Margie Stanuszek and Terri Bill. Photo by Lania Rocha Anna Pirker-Fruehauf, second from left, accepts a $500 scholarship from members of the GFWC – Swartz Creek Women’s Club, from left, Korene Kelly, Elaine Tucker, Margie Stanuszek and Terri Bill. Photo by Lania Rocha SWARTZ CREEK – Anna Pirker- Fruehauf of Gaines Township is the recipient of the 2018 GFWC – Swartz Creek Women’s Club scholarship.

Pirker-Fruehauf is a student in the nursing program at the University of Michigan – Flint. Her goal is to become a nurse practitioner and work in community healthcare.

Community healthcare involves providing care at every level beyond just tending to physical health needs, she said. That involves providing access to food, transportation, affordable housing and other basic services, and “working to better the overall health of the community.”

“I feel like everyone deserves to have the same chance,” Pirker-Fruehauf said. “Some people start out on a better foot than others. It doesn’t seem right that some people don’t have access (to basic necessities) simply by birth. I like the idea of evening that out.”

Pirker-Fruehauf said she fell in love with community healthcare during her internship at Hamilton Community Health Network, which cares for an under-served demographic.

“I appreciated how much the nurses and nurse practitioners work together to get people what they need,” she said. “Some of the patients had no access to nutritious food or clean water. Some were homeless. They’re human beings.”

Pirker-Fruehauf is a lifelong Gaines Township resident who attended Swartz Creek Middle School before transferring to Genesee Early College for high school.

She enjoys playing music, which she says is another way to bring joy to people’s lives.

“I love people,” she said. “What I ultimately hope to do with my life is make people happy.”

Pirker-Fruehauf plays bass and keyboards and sings for the band Kosher.

She also loves to read and draw.

The Women’s Club awards a $500 scholarship every year to a woman in the Swartz Creek Community Schools district. This year, they will award a second scholarship to a student from Swartz Creek Academy.

The club also supports local police and firefighters, and other community service programs. Club volunteers plant and maintain the flowers in downtown Swartz Creek. Last year, they organized the Christmas in the Creek family festivities and community Christmas tree lighting and carol singalong.

Among their more well-known fundraisers are the annual chili dinner, the rock-a-thon during Hometown Days, and the fall craft show in October at Cornerstone Baptist Church.

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