Friday, August 27, 2021

SLIG Announces Intermediate Foundations Scholarship Winners for SLIG Virtual 2021

SLIG is pleased to announce two recipients of the Intermediate Foundations Scholarship: Susan Garcia and Sarah Day.

The Intermediate Foundations scholarship was created to assist students seeking to attend SLIG's Virtual Intermediate Foundation course. This course addresses foundational methodology and record skills essential to participating in more advanced institute course offerings and for home or self-educated researchers who want to "fill in their gaps." Students who are awarded this scholarship receive a pre-reserved seat in the course and a full tuition waiver.

Susan Garcia grew up in Iowa in the same town as her paternal ancestors moved to in the 1840s. Her great-grandmother had a letter hanging on her wall that her dad wrote from the 1904 World's Fair, surrounded by pictures of her mother and grandfather. Susan's curiosity and questions about these pictures are what hooked her on genealogy.

Susan received her Master's degree in History from Oklahoma State University. She is currently "on the clock" to become a Certified Genealogist and hopes to submit her portfolio in December 2021.

She currently lives in Texas, and besides genealogy, enjoys reading, camping, hiking, and watching college football.

Sarah Day is a high school senior from South Jordan, Utah. She has been doing genealogy and family history work since she was 11. She is the app developer, blog manager, special projects manager, and experiment benefits team manager for the 21 Day Family Connections Experiment. She has become part of the Hidden Branch team who hopes to inspire more members of Gen-Z to embark on their own family history journey.

Sarah currently serves as a family history consultant in her ward for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Sarah is an aspiring professional genealogist and hopes to work towards receiving the Accredited Genealogist Credential from ICAPGen. She has presented at RootsTech Connect in 2021.

Besides genealogy, Sarah loves to read, play games, do puzzles, and spend time with her family, friends, and dog. She is involved in many organizations at her high school including, NHS, HOSA, Orchestra, Academic Decathalon, Rotary Interact, and FBLA. She is currently going through a surgical technician program and hopes to work in the medical field one day.

Thank you to all who applied for this scholarship, and congratulations, Susan and Sarah!

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