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Stephen Bufton Memorial Education Fund (SBMEF)​

The Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund (SBMEF) is one of the country's most highly respected grant and scholarship funds for women. SBMEF has been supporting businesswomen for more than 50 years. The fund assists women pursuing advanced educational goals enabling them to achieve business and professional success.

The National Board of Directors of the American Business Women's Association (ABWA) serve as the SBMEF trustee's, overseeing the funds administration. Each year the trustees strive to maximize funding to provide hundreds of American women with financial assistance to attend college, trade school and professional development.


ABWA’s educational fund has four different scholarship programs to support women in their pursuit of knowledge: National Scholarship, Outright Grant, Business Skills Tuition Reimbursement and Impact Scholarship. Each scholarship program has a unique set of guidelines, applicant eligibility requirements, and procedures.

To participate in one or all of these scholarship programs, Tipacon and the applicant must comply with the requirements of each program. Please contact us for more information.

Since March 1953, the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund (SBMEF) has been providing grants and scholarships to women pursuing both undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as ongoing professional development to support career advancement. Learn more...

Sarah Deo
2018 Tipacon ORG Recipient

American Business Women's Association - Tipacon Charter Chapter Established 1953


Tipacon is a leading women’s organization that supports our members and the community, providing opportunities for leadership development, fostering valuable connections, and facilitating member success through recognition and guidance, while building lifelong relationships and focusing on the future.