The Emerald Coast Chapter of the American Business Women's Association Offers Steve and Paulette Peterson Scholarship Worth $1000.00

The Emerald Coast Chapter of the American Business Women's Association (ABWA) is offering one $1000.00 scholarship funded through the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund to one deserving area student.

Each year, local chapters of ABWA provide Stephen Bufton Memorial Scholarships (SBMEF) to female students who will be attending accredited U.S. colleges, universities and community/vocational schools. Applicants must be citizens of the United States; residents of Okaloosa County FL entering a qualified educational institution (high school graduating seniors, college freshman, sophomore, etc.) in August 2015 and with a GPA of (2.5- 4.0) or higher. Eligible women interested in applying for the scholarship should contact:

Lee Thomas - Professional Development Chair:

Gail Waller - President

Applications must be completed by April 15, 2016. A minimum of three (3) eligible completed applications are required in order for the scholarship to be awarded. The scholarship recipient will be notified in May 2016.

SBMEF, ABWA's national educational fund, is one of the most highly respected grant and scholarship funds in the country. For over 65 years, ABWA has helped women achieve their business and professional success through educational scholarships. Since its inception, more than 16,000 women nationwide have been awarded more than 17 million dollars in scholarships.

The Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund is a 501 (c) 3 charitable trust and public foundation. It has the same tax status as public schools, churches and community funds. The fund is listed in the U.S. Internal Revenue Service "Cumulative List of Organizations" described in Section 170(c) of the IRS code of 1954 – revised Oct. 31, 1974.

The Emerald Coast Chapter the American Business Women's Association is a chartered chapter of the American Business Women's Association established in 1983 whose vision is as follows: The future of the Emerald Coast Chapter is so birth, we've got to wear shades. We believe ABWA's national priority of Grow You Grow Together is a positive message of the ECC. Our goal is to keep every member active and engaged. We will purposely seek out new members to grow and evolve as a chapter. Diversity, Cohesiveness, Integrity and Education will move us forward during our 2015-2016 ABWA year and beyond. Grow Us, Grow Together!

More information about the leading association for working women and women business owners can be found at

Take Stock in Children
The Emerald Coast Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) has selected Lauren Sinclair as our Take Stock in Children scholarship winner. 

Take Stock in Children was established in 1995 as a non-profit organization in Florida that provides a unique opportunity for deserving low-income youth/students, many from minority families, to escape the cycle of poverty through education. We offer our students college scholarships, caring volunteer mentors and hope for a better life. Our comprehensive services start in middle school, continue through high school and include their transition into college. Each child who successfully fulfills the requirements of Take Stock in Children receives a fully paid college tuition scholarship. Students who prefer post-secondary vocational training may select a vocational education option or a course of study at a community college leading to a two-year technical degree. To learn more about this program:

How the Money is Raised
The Emerald Coast Chapter of the American Business Womenís Association (ABWA) donates proceeds from the ABWA Billy Bowleg Boating Poker Run to scholarships, educational opportunities and professional development for itsí members & local students.

Scholarships For ABWA Members
Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund is another great opportunity for ABWA members, their family members, their friends and local students to apply for.

Keep watch throughout the year for opportunities to apply for scholarships. (National Scholarships, Outright Grants, Impact Scholarships & Business Skills Tuition Reimbursements) If you have any further questions, please email:

Past ABWA Scholarship Winners

American Business Women's Association
Emerald Coast Chapter #1579
P.O. Box 731 
Fort Walton Beach, FL  32549