The passing of Carmelita Jean, one of the founders of Awareness Washington County (AWC), will be felt by many whose lives she touched, those who have benefited from knowing her. AWC is  a training program to provide those who live or work in Washington County the tools to succeed as leaders in the community.  Carmelita was passionate about AWC and the program has become nationally recognized.

“Carmelita Jean is the Godmother to Awareness Washington County.”, said Nathan Bills, President of the Board of Directors for AWC. “She was a driving factor in our creation. She set a standard for servant leadership and training excellence that we strive to meet even today. Her influence and stewardship laid a groundwork for AWC of excellence, fiscal stability, and love for her community.”

At the board meeting held Monday, August 30th, the board discussed ways to keep Carmelita Jean ever present in the organization that grew from her vision.

“In honor of her passion, drive, and commitment to the success of Awareness Washington County, the Board of Directors unanimously voted to create a scholarship to carry on her legacy.”, Bills said. “The Carmelita Jean Memorial Scholarship is the first named scholarship in AWC history, and will benefit members of this community that Carmelita loved so dearly.”

According to Deni Stempowski, Executive Director of AWC, “The Carmelita Jean Memorial Scholarship will be used to give one person in our community the opportunity to grow as a leader to serve our Washington County .  AWC is dedicated to providing an informative, fun, and life altering program that Carmelita would be proud of!  The scholarship will be available yearly, starting this year.”

If you are interested in participating in Awareness Washington County and applying for this scholarship,  visit the website at to learn more about the program.  If you have any questions contact Deni Stempowski at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Cheryl Lee, Director of the Adult program, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



"AWC has helped me think outside the box, coming up with new ideas for my youth group. And help me facilitate with the youth group committee."

"People do become greater and receive encouragement from what I share and think from me sharing my life story with them."

"AWC has shown me the importance of servant leadership and how it can be a positive influence in every aspect of my life, my family's life, and the greater extended community family that I am a part of."

"I've grown by trying to step back, listen and process before I react. I vocalize with less bluntness with the person's quadrant in mind. The class raised my awareness of what our community has to offer and what our community needs in order to be better. I will strive to make a change in the community."

"I can speak with others in this class with full trust, understand other personalities and different ways of thinking, and learned how easy it was to learn with laughter. I also learned how to explore new ideas with different views and to work better in groups. "