Since its inception the Port St. Lucie Business Women has incorporated as part of its mission to support women in the advancement of their education and of their careers. To date the Business Women has donated more than $90,000 to the Indian River State College Foundation through its annual scholarship awards from money raised in the organization’s spring Luncheon and Fashion Show, assuring the future of dozens of women. At its June 1 meeting, held at Tutto Fresco in Port St. Lucie, the Business Women presented scholarships to three outstanding candidates for the fall semester.
The Port St. Lucie Business Women/Kay Schaeffer Memorial Scholarship is an annual award of $2,500 for tuition and books to women who plan to attend, or are enrolled at, Indian River State College (IRSC). The Port St. Lucie Business Women’s Scholarship also is an annual award of $2,500 for tuition and books to a female student who currently is pursuing a bachelor’s degree at IRSC.
Jillian Alves and Cynthia Fulmer both received Port St. Lucie Business Women/Kay Schaeffer Memorial Scholarships. Jillian Alves is a recent graduate of John Carroll High School who has maintained a high grade-point average while working part-time at Dunkin Donuts. She will be the first person in her family to attend college, and she hopes to become a Nurse Practitioner.
Cynthia Fulmer earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2002. Following graduation she worked for Riverside National Bank, where she discovered a hidden passion for numbers and Excel spreadsheets. She also married and began her family, becoming a stay-at-home mom. Now that two of her four children are in school, Fulmer has begun taking classes at IRSC, currently working towards earning a Bachelor of Accounting degree.
Cayla Harris has been awarded the Port St. Lucie Business Women Scholarship for 2017 – 2018. Harris became homeless at the age of 17. Friends’ allowed her to sleep at their homes over a period of three months while she worked two jobs to save money for a place of her own. During this time she also continued her high school coursework online because her work schedule did not permit regular class attendance.
In high school Harris volunteered as a teacher’s assistant at Allapatah Flats, and she babysat to earn money. She realized how much she enjoyed working with children. Harris currently is working on her Associate of Arts degree at IRSC, with her ultimate goal to receive a Bachelor in Elementary Education degree.
Students may apply for scholarships starting November 1 through the IRSC online scholarship application portal. For more information contact Indian River State College at (772) 462-4786, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Port St. Lucie Business Women is a professional organization dedicated to promoting the interests of business women and serving our community in an effective way. For more information visit www.pslbw.com. “Like” us on Facebook for updates about our event, programs and community involvement.