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
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:

ABWA Scholarship Background

The Since its inception in 1953, the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund (SBMEF) has been assisting women in achieving success through higher education. Today the educational fund of the American Business Women's Association (ABWA) is considered one of the most highly respected grant and scholarship programs for women in the country. Over the past 60 years, the fund's Board of Trustees has awarded more than $16 million in scholarships to more than 16,000 women thanks to the generous contributions of ABWA members. SBMEF assists women who are pursuing advanced educational goals to achieve both business and professional success; to become role models, mentors, and leaders for the future. Selection of scholarship winners in communities across the United States has grown into one of ABWA's favorite and most long-standing traditions. The Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund (SBMEF) is classified as a charitable 501(c)3 organization whereby contributions payable to the fund are tax-deductible. 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. SBMEF's Board of Trustees selects the scholarships to be awarded each year, reviews all applications and determines the scholarship recipients. 

How the Money is Raised
The Emerald Coast Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) donates proceeds from the ABWA Billy Bowleg Boating Poker Run to scholarships, educational opportunities and professional development for its’ 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