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Home Economics Students Receive Scholarships

Sheila Ann Bender and Gaylia C. Castrillo, students at New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences , recently received $250 scholarships from the Dona Ana County Extension Homemakers for the fall 1995 semester.


Bender, a family, child and consumer science major, has returned to school after 20 years. She is the founder and facilitator of "Yours, Mine and Ours," a support group for blended families.

Bender also is getting a minor in journalism. Currently, she writes support group materials and articles aimed at blended families and single parents.

After completing her degree, Bender plans to become a state licensed family and marriage counselor, specializing in single parents and blended families. She would like to use her writing skills to develop self-help and support group materials.

A mother of four, Bender has completed 32 credit hours and has maintained a 3.9 grade point average. "It is never too late

to pursue your goals and dreams," she said.

Castrillo is majoring in home economics education in order to fulfill her lifelong goal of becoming a home economics teacher. She was awarded a 1995 summer internship with the Building Bridges-Leaders/Mentors Program through NMSU and the Cooperative Extension Service.

Castrillo attended Eastern New Mexico University before transferring to NMSU in 1994. She also takes classes in art, speech, theater and religion.

Sewing has been a hobby of Castrillo's since she was eight -years-old. She has owned and operated a sewing business since 1990.

She is a mother of four and can often be found volunteering in the community. Castrillo is a soccer coach, Girl Scout leader, Sunday school teacher and a 4-H volunteer.

The Dona Ana County Extension Homemakers raise money throughout the year for the scholarship fund to help homemakers return to school.