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Karla K. French Lougheed, Fellowship Honoree 2010-2011

“I am humbled to be recognized by such an amazing organization, and will do my very best to continue to serve your courageous mission within my profession.” – Kala

 en entering the field of education, Kala never imagined she would find her calling working with the toughest students in at-risk, alternative programs.  She transitioned to teaching after earning a political science degree and realizing that living campaign-to-campaign did not mesh well with her desire to have a family, and thus Kala earned a Master of Arts and a Teaching Certificate.  Originally, her intent was to teach with Kalispell’s International Baccalaureate program. 
Yet, a mentor encouraged her to ‘check out’ a part time assignment with Bridge Academy and four years later, she remains one of its committed staff members.  Additionally, she teaches with LASER, another alternative school district program.


Applications for 2012 available in the Fall 

The mission of Soroptimist is to improve the lives of women and girls.  As such, the Northwestern Region annually presents a Fellowship Award to a woman who resides in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Alaska or Northern Idaho, who is working towards a post-graduate degree.

Our goal is to support women who are working in fields that have great social importance to the world, are under-represented by women, and that the recipient's work will reflect and further Soroptimist ideals. We believe that Fellowship Award recipients women will become a strong voice for all women.

The Northwestern Region Fellowship Award is formally presented at the annual Northwestern Region Spring Conference.  Applicants must complete the Fellowship Award Application in order to be considered for the award. Please contact us at for an application today!

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Soroptimist International Northwestern Region

Soroptimist International Northwestern Region improving the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world.

Our region structure includes 103 clubs, over 3,000 members, and services five states in the Pacific Northwest of the Unites States of America. Our headquarters located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is Soroptimist International of the Americas" which is one of four organizations under its parent organization, Soroptimist International, which is headquartered in Cambridge, England.

Soroptimist International has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council at the United Nations and is a recognized authority on matters that women value most. Visit www.soroptimist for complete information on current projects. Read Soroptimist International's magazine, The International Soroptimist

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