ABWA Shows Support To Take Stock In Children Program

The Emerald Coast Chapter of the American Business Women's Association (ABWA) recently celebrated their continuing partnership with the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation and the Take Stock in Children Scholarship Program.  The Emerald Coast Chapter has funded a full college scholarship for Lauren Sinclair who has been mentored by ABWA member Gail Waller.

At the invitation of ABWA President Peggy Brockman, Superintendent of Schools Mary Beth Jackson and Foundation Executive Director Henry Kelley attended the June meeting to express their appreciation for the Chapter’s support and provide an update on the Take Stock Scholarship Program.  Superintendent Jackson spoke of her appreciation for community partnerships: “It is an honor to serve as Okaloosa County Superintendent where partnerships like this one reflect the dedication of our community to students and their families.”  She thanked President Brockman and Chapter members for their support – past, present and future.

Kelley provided an update on the Take Stock Scholarship Program, reminding ABWA members that 95% of those students who are Take Stock Scholars successfully complete their post-secondary education.  He spoke of the importance of mentoring which is an essential component of Take Stock and contributes to the success of the student scholars.

ABWA provides business training and networking opportunities for women of diverse occupations and backgrounds.  The organization supports personal and professional growth through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.

Pictured above, left to right: Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation Executive Director Henry Kelley; ABWA President Peggy Brockman; Okaloosa County Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson; and, ABWA Take Stock Mentor Gail Waller.