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SCBWA announces scholarship recipient

By SCBWA - | Jul 21, 2021

SCBWA Jackie Martin with granddaughter Haley Caponi, the 2021 scholarship recipient, and Sanibel Captiva Business Women's Association President Taylor Osborne.

The Sanibel Captiva Business Women’s Association recently announced that its 2021 scholarship has been awarded to Florida SouthWestern State College student Haley Caponi.

A graduate of Fort Myers High School and a Rho Kappa Honor Society member, Caponi intends to pursue a law degree and a career in criminal defense.

“Everyone deserves at least one person in their corner,” she said. “It’s my goal to become an attorney and use my capabilities to help others.”

“I grew up wanting to be a veterinarian,” Caponi, who has owned eight cats, three Guinea pigs, numerous fish and frogs, a turtle and a hamster, said. “But involvement for over 10 years with the legal system, largely custody issues, has made family law my priority. I want to be able to help the kids caught in these situations.”

Since the age of 5, she was raised by grandparents Jackie and Ron Martin. Jackie Martin has worked on the islands for 26 years.

“We are tremendously proud of Haley,” she said. “She will put the scholarship to excellent use.”

Caponi’s pastor, Dr. William Broderick of the Safe Harbor Community Church in Fort Myers, submitted a compelling recommendation on her behalf.

“What always amazed me was how Haley was able to be so balanced as she overcame obstacles placed in her way from others,” he wrote. “She has always taken what life has thrown her and made it the best she could. She remained positive through it all. I believe she can do wonderful things for her life and for our community.”

Caponi called the scholarship a tremendous help.

“I am funding my education entirely on my own,” she said. “I am the first person in my immediate family to go to college.”

“Our mission is education and the advancement of women’s career development,” SCBWA President Taylor Osborne said. “Our fundraising focus is an annual local scholarship, combined with mentoring and networking. Haley is an eminently deserving recipient. We are delighted to be part of her support team.”

For more information about the SCBWA, visit https://www.facebook.com/SanCapBWA.