FVTC scholarship recipient working hard for her future January 04, 2022 As a first-generation college student, Sonia Ochowicz has learned quickly that there are few shortcuts in life. The 2019 Oshkosh North graduate is studying marketing at Fox Valley Technical College while working about 45 hours a week at her family’s downtown Oshkosh small business and still finding time to volunteer in the community. “My amazing parents have inspired me to further my education and grow,” said Sonia, who in December received the $500 Community First Credit Union Scholarship for the fall semester. It is one of five annual high school or college scholarships supported by Community First. “Originally I was an education major but when COVID-19 hit I had to change my plans and ideas based on what will suit and secure my future best,” she said. Pursuing a business degree meshes well with the experience she is gaining working at the women’s consignment boutique (The Turquoise Door, 511 N. Main St., Oshkosh) she helps run and hopes to take over from her parents someday. “I love business, especially marketing and advertising,” said Sonia, who volunteers about 15 hours a month with Helping Hands of Winnebago County. During her four years at Oshkosh North, she helped organize a Prom Dress Closet store providing over 100 prom dresses annually to students at no cost. Sonia’s goal is to graduate in December 2022 and leverage her passion for art and creativity as a member of a digital marketing team. “I would like to thank Community First for the opportunity to keep pushing forward with my education,” she said. Each year, Community First provides a $500 scholarship for the spring and fall semester to deserving students. Last year, the FVTC Foundation awarded more than $800,000 in scholarships. Currently enrolled FVTC students can apply for the spring 2022 scholarship from Jan. 19-Feb. 9 at www.fvtc.edu/ScholarshipApplication. 2021 Community First-sponsored scholarship recipients Celebrating Volunteers’ Youth Scholarship Award, Kailey Krozoska, Kimberly HS (CFCU provides $1,500 scholarship and $1,000 for the charity of recipient’s choice). Spring FVTC $500 recipient Rick Tease of Suamico. Fall FVTC $500 recipient Sonia Ochowicz of Oshkosh. Greater Fox Cities Chapter of Credit Unions $1,000 scholarship winners: Jacob Anderson/Bay Port HS Kyla Dewick/Wrightstown HS Emily Kling/New London HS Stay tuned for application information on these other 2022 scholarships coming soon!