AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Beyeler recently started a small business, a biofeedback company called Healthy Living, and she wants to study English literature in graduate school. An advocate of education, Beyeler said she wants to help mentor women, network with them and encourage them toward success. Linzy said she is a victim of domestic abuse who had to pack up her house, put everything in storage and relocate with her two daughters. Her goal is to become a real estate broker. Also, having experienced homelessness, she would like to work with the homeless and help women in domestic violence situations. Spence is a single mother who has an associate degree in kinesiology and has been teaching physical fitness for 20 years. Her goal is to obtain a master’s degree in physical therapy. Her greatest desire is to continue her education and to motivate younger women to become independent. SANTA CLARITA – Three local women are the recipients of $1,000 each from the Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund grant program administered by Zonta Club of the Santa Clarita Valley. The grants were presented to Faye Anne Beyeler, Michelle Linzy and Tori Spence during a Zonta business meeting held Dec. 14 in Stevenson Ranch. Randy Wrage, one of Virginia’s sons and a donor to the memorial fund, presented the awards. The grants are awarded to women who are forced to make midlife career changes and need short-term financial boosts to achieve their goals. Applicants are screened, then interviewed by the club members before being selected for the grants. This year, the committee received 15 applications, the most in the program’s history, before approving the final three recipients. After 17 years as a stay-at-home mom, Beyeler was forced into the working world after she and her husband of 29 years divorced. Virginia Wrage was a Zonta member who was forced to make a significant life change in her middle years and pursued her dream of becoming a flight attendant. Shortly afterward, she was diagnosed with cancer, and her dying wish was to help other women make the kind of midlife transitions she had gone through. Zonta continues to carry on that wish with a series of grants over the years, including funding from the Wrage family.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!