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  • Letter from the President - Shawn Todd
  • Be a Part of ABWA’s Big Celebration
  • Inspire and be Inspired in ABWA
  • VPEN Scholarship Program


A Word from the President

I am honored and enthusiastic as I begin my term as President of VPEN and I am committed to advancing our league as we continue to grow and represent the women in business in our community!

I continue to gain both personally and professionally through my involvement in our vibrant organization and I encourage you to increase your involvement in VPEN this year!  There are numerous opportunities to get experience in many different projects as well as continuing education and don’t forget networking opportunities for you business! 

Take a leap and attend one of our regional or national conferences this year and you will not regret it!  It’s like a “shot in the arm” of energy and motivation and the participant will surely be revitalized upon returning.  I also invite you to utilize ABWA’s Community Connections, log on today!

Let us know if there are educational programs you would like to see added to our meetings and how we can improve our communication with you and provide you with the tools, so that you can be a better you, and we can all together, better serve our community!. 

Visit our website and join us on Facebook as we begin our journey!

 

Shawn Todd

President, Victoria Professional Express Network

2016-2017

Greetings ABWA sisters! On behalf of the National Board of Directors, we want to wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year. We have so many exciting projects and events to come this year that we cannot wait to share them with you!

The VISION of the American Business Women's Association (ABWA)....is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking, support, and national recognition.

Business Skills Tuition Reimbursement Program

The  Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund (SBMEF) exists to provide educational grants and scholarships to women pursuing post-secondary educational goals as well as ongoing professional development in order to support their career advancement and to help them become the role models, mentors and leaders of the future. In partnership with SBMEF, VPEN is offering multiple opportunities to financially assist our members and our community with educational costs.
The Business Skills Tuition Reimbursement Program provides workingwomen an opportunity to participate in professional development workshops and/or seminars offered by an accredited, licensed, or state-approved institution in the United States. Coursework such as ABWA-KU MBA Essentials, Park University’s Women as 21st Century Leaders, Rockhurst University and Franklin Covey offered at ABWA nationally sponsored events and/or other programming like real estate license and desktop publishing are examples of non-degree coursework that would meet the course criteria for the Business Skills Tuition Reimbursement. Coursework must enhance the applicant’s career objectives.  Applicants may apply for up to one half of the tuition up to a maximum amount of $500 each year (minimum amount of $50).  Applications for reimbursement must be submitted AFTER the completion of the course, but within 90 days of course completion.  Online application process includes submission of a receipt, course description, rationale for attendance, and verification of the institution’s or organization’s credentials. To complete the online application, please contact the VPEN Professional Development Chair, Rachel Nessel, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The $1500 Outright Grant Program offers junior level (or higher) college students a scholarship that helps to offset costs associated with their college tuition, books and fees.  ABWA members and nonmembers may apply for an Outright Grant scholarship.  Both full-time and part-time students qualify.  Eligibility requirements:
· The applicant must be a female U.S. citizen.
· The applicant must have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours.
· The applicant must have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
· The applicant must be seeking a baccalaureate degree or higher (i.e. Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate Degrees).
· The applicant must be attending an institution authorized to confer degrees at the baccalaureate level or higher in the United States.
To complete the online application, which requires a current official transcript, a biographical sketch, and three professional letters, please contact the VPEN Professional Development Chair, Rachel Nessel, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The entire application process for the Outright Grant scholarship must be completed by March 31st. A minimum of three qualified applicants must be submitted for an Outright Grant scholarship to be awarded.
The $1000 VC Impact Scholarship is a new Special Scholarship offered by VPEN in 2013 to assist the “non-traditional” Victoria College student obtain an Associate’s degree or prerequisites to transfer to a 4-year institution.  ABWA members and nonmembers may apply for an Impact Scholarship.  Both full-time and part-time students qualify.  Eligibility requirements:
· The applicant must be a female U.S. citizen.
· The applicant must attend (or plan to attend) Victoria College in Fall 2013.
· The applicant must have graduated high school prior to 2007.
To complete the online application, which requires a current official transcript, a biographical sketch, and three professional letters, please contact the VPEN Professional Development Chair, Rachel Nessel, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The entire application process for the Impact Scholarship must be completed by March 31st. A minimum of three qualified applicants must be submitted for the Impact Scholarship to be awarded.
SBMEF also offers National Scholarships each year in the amounts of $5000 and $10,000.  All national scholarships have their requirements designated by the SBMEF Board of Trustees. The national scholarships are open to women meeting the requirements of each scholarship.  A minimum of three qualified applicants must complete the application process for each scholarship to be awarded.  To view the requirements or to apply for the scholarships, visithttp://sbmef.org/Scholarships.cfm.

A Special Thanks To All Our Sponors.

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