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Huggs awarded AAUW scholarship

September 19, 2023 at 4:02 a.m.
An undated handout photo of Leslie Huggs, who was awarded an AAUW scholarship. - Submitted photo

Leslie Huggs, who plans to seek a bachelor's degree in respiratory therapy at National Park College, has been awarded a scholarship by the Hot Springs/Hot Springs Village branch of American Association of University Women.

AAUW has been awarding scholarships to women for many years, with the first one going to a student at Garland County Community College, now National Park College, according to a news release.

Huggs, while attending school, is also working at Arkansas Children's Hospital as a respiratory technician.

"I always knew that I would like to go into the medical field but was not sure what area," Huggs said in the release.

"And then she found respiratory therapy. Her family had been affected by C.O.P.D., so she became acutely aware of the importance of respiratory therapy. She found that she enjoyed helping and caring for people. This specialized curriculum can be difficult if you do not have the drive to succeed. The women of AAUW recognized how dedicated Leslie is to her career choice and awarded her a scholarship," the release said.

Huggs is an outdoors enthusiast and "loves to spend free time hiking and playing with her dog."

"This branch of AAUW has awarded scholarships for many years, thanks to the support from Hot Springs Village and the former annual used book sale. That fundraiser was successful for many years, which allowed endowed scholarships to be funded. New fundraisers have kept up the pace to support NPC students," the release said.

Each applicant is selected based on grades -- at least a 3.0 average -- and interviews with the committee.

"AAUW empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Interested in joining with other like-minded women in supporting local women in pursuing their educational goals? Contact Carol Freeland [email protected]," the release said.

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