VPEN Scholarship Recipents

  • SBMEF $2,000 Impact Scholarship Recipient : Briana Diaz
  • SBMEF $2,000 Outright Grant Scholarship Recipient - Gisele Wyble

I am currently in my first year of college at Victoria College. My future plans include becoming a physical therapist assistant. This is my academic interest and also my career interest. I enjoy learning about the body and in the physical therapist career field there is always something to be educated on. My career goal is to receive my Associate of Applied Science degree and work in a clinical type setting. The highest degree I would like to receive would be a bachelor degree if I decide I want to go back to school after I start my actual career. By May of 2017 I should be receiving my completed degree of interest.

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Gisele Wyble Bio


Since I was a little girl I always enjoyed school. Instead of playing with dolls, I used to play school and complete worksheets. My cousins were my students and I would give them assignment’s and homework to complete. Their homework never got completed. My academic interests have always been education and that is why I am majoring with an education degree from early childhood through sixth grade. I am also interested in pursuing a certificate for special education. I have family members with special needs and they have pushed me to pursue the extra certificate. I also want to learn American Sign Language to help those children with hearing and communication difficulties. I want to be able to tailor myself so that I am able to be the best teacher I can possibly be.

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2016-2017 Victoria Professional Express Network

Outright Grant (ORG) Scholarship


The Stephen Bufton Memorial Education Fund of

The American Business Women’s Association


The Outright Grant Program offers junior level (or higher) female college students a scholarship that helps to offset costs associated with their college tuition, books, and fees. 


Scholarship Guidelines:

  • The maximum grant amount for each awarded recipient is $2,000.
  • The institution must be located within the U.S. and is licensed, accredited, or state approved.
  • Each grant awarded is for one academic year only and is not renewable.
  • Recipients may receive only one Outright Grant per Award year.
  • An applicant may NOT apply for more than one ORG in the same award year with a different sponsoring league.
  • Funds awarded may be used for tuition, books, and fees.
  • In the event that the applicant receives full funding of tuition, the scholarship must be returned to SBMEF.
  • Check for grants awarded are made payable to the education institution and the applicant jointly.
  • The SBMEF Board of Trustees serves as the selection board for awarding all grants.
  • Checks must be cashed within 6 months of issuance.
  • No applicant is guaranteed a scholarship.


Applicant Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a female and U.S. Citizen.
  • Both ABWA members and non-members may apply for an ORG scholarship.
  • Must have completed a minimum of sixty (60) credit hours.
  • Must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 grade point scale.
  • Must be attending an institution that is authorized to confer degrees at the baccalaureate level or higher in the United States.
  • Must provide a biographical sketch, three (3) professional letters of reference dated in the same year as the application, and an official college transcript.


Your application will be completed online and will include the following:

  • Applicants must complete in full the Outright Grant online application (SUBMISSION DEADLINE May 19, 2017).
  • Applicants must complete a short biographical section which includes career objectives, educational goals and any other pertinent information.
  • Applicant must upload three (3) professional letters of reference dated in the same year as the application.
  • Applicant’s attending education institution must submit an Official Transcript to: The Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund, 9820 Metcalf Ave., Suite 110, Overland Park, KS 66212



Contact Meredith Golden, VPEN’s Professional Development Chair, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. She will then email you instructions with your username and password to complete the online application. 




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