Susan Wright, a teacher at Reed Elementary School in Kuna, was one of three Idaho women selected to receive a 2012 Smart Women Grant from Zions Bank.
Wright won in the category of Continuing Education and Teacher Support, and plans to use the grant money to purchase materials that support individualized reading instruction in her classroom.
This approach allows her to group students according to the reading strategies they are neglecting and chart their progress in meeting goals.
The grant helps fill a need left by budget cuts in school districts across the state.
Other Idaho winners included Marilyn Lysohir-Coates of Moscow-based Cowgirl Chocolates; and Victoria Savage of Boise-based Care for Living.
The recipients each received a $3,000 award, which was presented Oct. 26 at the Smart Women, Smart Money conference at the Boise Centre.
This was the eighth year Zions Bank offered a series of micro-grants to recognize women throughout Idaho and Utah who excel in a variety of categories: small business start-up and expansion, community development, continuing education and teacher support, child and elder care, health and human services and arts and culture.
Zions Bank awarded six 2012 Smart Women Grants totaling $18,000. This year, three recipients from Idaho and three from Utah were selected from 94 applicants. Over eight years, Zions Bank has awarded more than $160,000 through the Smart Women Grants.