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Released March 26, 2004


LONG BEACH -- The Gulfport Chapter of the American Business Woman's Association (ABWA) recently made a $1,000 gift to set up a scholarship at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast.

"We are thrilled that the ABWA has chosen Southern Miss as a recipient of its scholarship program," said Dave Estorge, development officer at Southern Miss Gulf Coast. "It is our hope that this scholarship will increase exposure for the ABWA on our campus and encourage our students to join this fine organization."

Named the ABWA Gulfport Charter Chapter Scholarship, the gift is to provide a one-time scholarship to a student attending Southern Miss Gulf Coast who is both a United States and Harrison County citizen.

The recipient must demonstrate financial need and maintain a 2.5 grade point average. Extracurricular activities and community service will be considered by the selection committee. The recipient must attend a designated ABWA chapter meeting and be prepared with a brief autobiography. Funds are to be used only for books and tuition.

The mission of the ABWA is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.

Today, the ABWA spans the nation as the world's most diverse professional organization for women. Tens of thousands of members gather throughout the country, united by a common goal - to support each other in professional development and career advancement.

"We are a nonprofit organization and have accomplished raising funds to promote women on the Coast through scholarship awards on an annual basis ranging from $500-$1,000," said Phyllis Aduddell, co-chair of the ABWA Gulfport Chapter education committee. "This year we were able to award $1,000 for a student at Southern Miss Gulf Coast and hope to continue each year in the future."

For more information about this scholarship and other donor or scholarship opportunities, contact the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Development Office at (228) 865-4522.


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