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. 

The Impact Scholarship program offers college students, attending a community college, technical or vocational school, an opportunity for a scholarship to help offset costs associated with their college tuition, books and fees.  The school must be licensed, accredited or state approved.

ABWA’s national education fund, SBMEF, is one of the most highly respected grant and scholarship funds in the country.  For more than 60 years, ABWA has helped women achieve their business and professional success through the Stephen Bufton Memorial Education Fund. 

Applicant Eligibility Requirements:

  • The applicant must be a female and a U.S. citizen.

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

  • Must be enrolled in any Michigan Community College or Technical School for a minimum of one year.

  • Must have achieved a cumulative GPA of 2.0 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.

  • Applicant must complete the SBMEF online application on or before 31MAR17.

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

  • Scholarship applicants will be reviewed by the Board of Trustees for consideration. 

  • Scholarship recipient will be notified in MAY 2017

Eligible Women Interested in Applying for a Scholarship:

Send an email with “ABWA Tipacon Impact Scholarship” and your name in the subject line.

To be considered, include all of the following information in the body of the email –

Your name, email address, phone number, mailing address, GPA, credit hours completed and name of the school you are attending.

Send email to Tipacon’s Education Chair:  hnaugler@gmail.com

You will be contacted on how to submit the remaining required documents to the SBMEF online application.

Additional Information:

Each scholarship awarded is for one academic year only and is not renewable. 

Scholarship checks are made payable to the educational institution and the applicant jointly.  Checks must be cashed within six months from the date of issuance.  Checks not deposited after six months will not be reissued and the money will be returned to the SBMEF general fund.

No applicant is guaranteed a scholarship.  The SBMEF Board of Trustees serves as the selection board for awarding all scholarships


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