Soaring Eagles Chapter

American Business Women’s Association

Offers $2000 in Impact Scholarship

Escondido, CA- Soaring Eagles Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) is funding an Impact Scholarship through the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund (SBMEF). The field of study is not specified and the scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $2,000.

In order to be eligible for consideration, candidates must be women who: (1) are citizens of the United States and residents of San Diego County, California; (2) will be college Freshman, or Sophomore in Aug. 2018; (3) are attending or have been accepted at an accredited U. S. college or university authorized to confer degrees at least at the baccalaureate level or higher; and(4) have achieved a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale.

To apply, interested parties should send name and email address to:
Soaring Eagles Chapter
Suzanne Southwell

Trustees of SBMEF serve as the selection board for this scholarship. Applications must be completed by March 31, 2018 at The first ten (10) completed eligible applications will be forwarded to the Trustees for review. A minimum three (3) eligible applications must be received to make the award. The winner will be notified in May. This one-time scholarship is not renewable. A check will be issued jointly to the educational institution and the recipient. Funds are limited to tuition, books and fees.


Soaring Eagles Chapter of ABWA is part of a national network of businesswomen. Founded in 1949, ABWA is an 11,000 member strong association with chapters and Express Networks nationwide, providing business skills training and networking opportunities for women of diverse occupations to enhance career advancement and personal development. ABWA has dedicated more than sixty years to women’s education and provided workplace skills and career development training for more than 572,000 members over the years.

SBMEF is a charitable trust and public foundation. It has the same tax status as public schools, churches and community funds. The Fund is listed in the IRS “Cumulative List of Organizations” described in Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 – revised Oct. 31, 1974. More information about ABWA can be found at The Soaring Eagles Chapter meets on the 1st Thursday at 6 PM at the Spaghetti Factory in San Marcos, Ca.


2017 ABWA Scholarship winner

This year’s ABWA Soaring Eagles Chapter scholarship winner Kathleen (Kalee) Cummings is determined to succeed at Claremont McKenna College, where she will be heading in the next two weeks. That is the exact word that would best describe Kalee, according to her mother. She says Kalee is very outgoing, creative, and most of all “determined.” Kalee dreams of building her future career in marketing and business and has already researched the Women in Business Club at Claremont McKenna, which she wants to join right away. Kalee attended the August 4th ABWA Soaring Eagles meeting ready to share her future plans with us. With a beaming smile, she told us about her experience working for athletic swimwear company Jolyn, and how she enjoyed participating in tradeshows and other marketing initiatives for the company.

With the assistance provided by the ABWA scholarship, Kalee will begin working toward an Economics major, which will be a great business path focus for her studies. An intelligent and forward-thinking young lady, Kalee likes to take action when it comes to local charities and community projects. She said, quoting her favorite movie (Up from Disney), “Adventure is out there!” She is sure to find it and conquer it. Congratulations and best of luck to you, Kalee!

ABWA is a national organization proudly giving scholarships every year to intelligent, hard-working, and deserving young women going into college.