Three local scholarships available, worth up to a total of $5,000

The Victoria Professional Express Network of the American Business Women's Association offers three scholarships

VICTORIA, Texas – The Victoria Professional Express Network (VPEN) of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) is offering one $1,000 and two $2,000 scholarships. The scholarships are through the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund. Two deserving area students will receive the scholarships.

Each year, local chapters of ABWA provide Stephen Bufton Memorial Scholarships (SBMEF) to female students who plan to attend accredited U.S. colleges, universities and community/vocational schools.

Here are the following criteria for applicants:

  • You must be a citizen of the United States;
  • Only residents of Victoria County and the surrounding counties;
  • Planning to attend either a community/technical/vocational school or a U.S. college/university that offers baccalaureate degrees;
  • and have a GPA of 2.75 or higher.

If you meet these requirements and are interested in applying, you can contact Rachel Nessel, VPEN Professional Development Chair via email at You must include your name, email address and which college/university you plan to attend in Fall 2022.

Applicants must complete their application by May 15, 2022, at In order for the organization to award the scholarship, a minimum of three eligible completed applications are required. The organization will notify scholarship recipient(s) in July 2022.

SBMEF is ABWA’s national educational fund

SBMEF is ABWA’s national educational fund. It is one of the most highly respected grants and scholarship funds in the country. For more than 60 years, ABWA has helped women achieve their business and professional success through educational scholarships. Since its development, over 17,000 women, nationwide, have received over 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 on Oct. 31, 1974.

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