The National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc., has selected Jennifer Anti of Slidell, LA as a recipient of a graduate scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year. Jennifer will attend William Carey University, Biloxi, MS where she will begin work on the Master Degree in Dyslexia Therapy. Jennifer has previously earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Millsaps College, Jackson, MS.
Jennifer has been working as a kindergarten teacher at Florida Avenue, since 2012. Jennifer has served in the following committees: St.Tammany Parish School Board LEAD Academy (2016-2017), PBIS committee (since 2015), where she helped redesign the current school wide behavior program at Florida Avenue Elementary, and is currently serving on the Relay for Life team for Florida Avenue Elementary. Jennifer is involved in several community service organizations including being a life member for the Junior Auxiliary of Slidell, Chairperson for Literacy Liaison and Backpack 4 kids for Junior Auxiliary of Slidell (from 2010- 2015), Kappa Delta Pi Board member for Blessings in a Backpack at Southeastern University, and Wedding Coordinator of First United Methodist Church in Slidell, LA. Jennifer has lived in Slidell since 1985. She has been married to Damian Anti for 18 years and she has two daughters, MollieAnn (11) and MaryGrace (2).
Beginning in 1962, the NAJA Graduate Scholarship Program has awarded 542 grants totaling almost $1,268,504. Awards are given to persons pursuing graduate level studies in fields which address the special needs of children and youth. Graduate fields of study include, but are not limited to, counseling, psychology, mental development, special education, speech pathology, exceptional children, remedial skills development, hearing impaired, and gifted and talented. Scholarships are not awarded for graduate work in administrative or general education.
Award recipients may attend the U.S. college or university of their choice. Applicants must be a permanent U.S. citizen and a permanent resident of states with chapters of nonprofit Junior Auxiliary. Those states are Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Florida, Tennessee, and Missouri.
Junior Auxiliary is an organization dedicated to rendering charitable services beneficial to the general public, with particular emphasis on children. The primary purpose of the scholarship program is to present a gift to the children who utimately benefit from the advance schooling of the NAJA Scholarship recipient.
The NAJA Graduate Scholarship program is supported by contributions from Junior Auxiliary Chapters, the National Association, and memorials and honorary gifts from individuals and groups. Information about the scholarships is available ONLY from the NAJA website at www.najanet.org from September 1 to February 1.