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North Bend senior eyes career as lawyer after receiving scholarship

North Bend High School senior Carlie Paquette is eyeing a career as an international lawyer. (KCBY image)

COOS BAY, Ore.-- The Zonta Club of the Coos Bay Area is helping a young woman get to college and wants to do the same for others by awarding scholarships.

North Bend High School senior Carlie Paquette is eyeing a career as an international lawyer.

She plans to attend college in Florida and to take on the costs herself.

While out-of-state tuition isn't exactly cheap, Carlie doesn't shy away from a challenge.

"Being able to see there's going to be all these obstacles makes me want to just go and hit it head-first," Paquette says.

With an essay on the gender wage gap, Carlie received a thousand-dollar Zonta Club cash award last year.

She has collected several other scholarships and says every little bit helps.

“It not only allows me to be more empowered as a woman to go into these careers that are male dominated, but it just helps out along the way to pursue goals as a first-generation college student."

Carlie's drive and determination falls in line with what the Zonta Club of the Coos Bay Area stands for and encourages.

"We're about empowering young women to make their dreams come true,” Zonta’s Terri Turi says, “so being able to provide those funds to assist them, that's what we do; that's why we're here."

"There's always an opportunity out there to make your goal happen for you," says Paquette.

Carlie will not only get her high school diploma in June, but also her Associates degree on her way to becoming an international lawyer as she's already taking college-level courses.

Zonta has nine scholarships and one cash award available this year. Contact the club for more information.

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