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ABWA Tipacon Charter Chapter is looking for eligible applicants to sponsor for consideration of a $1,000 Impact Scholarship from the Stephen Bufton Memorial Education Fund (SBMEF) of the American Business Women’s Association.

A one-thousand ($1,000) dollar Impact Scholarship provides financial support to a student who is enrolled in a community college, technical, or a vocational school to help offset costs associated with their college tuition, books and fees. The applicant’s educational institution must be licensed, accredited, or state approved.  A U.S. college or university that offers a baccalaureate degree is NOT eligible for this scholarship.

Applicant Eligibility Requirements:


  • The applicant must be a female, a U.S. citizen, and reside in the United States.

  • ABWA members and non-members may apply for an Impact Scholarship.

  • Must have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent).

  • The applicant can participate in any field of study.

  • There are no restrictions on the number of credit hours completed.

  • The applicant must be attending a community college, technical, or vocational school in the Fall of 2021 (includes current students or high school seniors if accepted to one of these institutions).

  • The applicant must provide an official transcript, a biographical sketch, and three (3) professional letters of reference dated in the same year as her application.

  • The applicant must submit all of the required documentation to our Education Chair by April 30, 2021.

  • Applicant must complete the SBMEF online application on or before May 15, 2021.

  • A minimum of three (3) eligible completed applications are required in order for the scholarship to be awarded.

  • Applications for an Impact Scholarship are reviewed by the Trustees and voted upon, whereby the SBMEF Administrator notifies the President (or Scholarship Chair) by email the name of the scholarship recipient.

  • Scholarship recipient will be notified in July 2021.


Eligible Women Interested in Applying for the Scholarship:

Send an email with “ABWA Tipacon Impact Scholarship” and your name in the subject line.  Include all of the following information in the body of the email:

  • Your name, email address, phone number, mailing address, GPA, name of the school you are currently attending or accepted to if you are a high school senior. Attach your official transcript, biographical sketch, and three letters of reference.


Send the email to Tipacon’s Education Chair & President: Heather Naugler -

We will contact you on how to complete the SBMEF online application after we receive your email and documentation.

Additional Information:

Each scholarship check is payable to the scholarship recipient and their respective learning institution. Each check must be cashed within six months of issuance. Checks not deposited after six months will not be reissued. An Impact Scholarship awarded is non-renewable.  No applicant is guaranteed an Impact Scholarship.

Click here to download a copy of the Impact Scholarship Applicant Requirements.

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