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4/10/2003

ABWA promotes, encourages women

By Pam Mellskog
The Daily Times Call

LONGMONT — The first scholarship awarded by the local chapter of the American Business Women’s Association was $150, according to charter member Carolye Johnson.

But since that 1975 debut, the organization has awarded 128 locally funded scholarships and 17 national awards to put nearly $80,000 in the pockets of financially needy woman scholars.

Though some recipients are fresh out of high school, ABWA’s benevolence extends to women of any age returning to community schools and colleges to re-enter the workforce or update their education.

But fund-raising and writing scholarship checks, Johnson said, is just one leg of the local chapter’s mission. That mission aims to encourage personal and professional growth in women from a diversity of occupations. Like the other 1,200 organizations affiliated with the national organization launched in 1949, the Longmont chapter accomplishes that through leadership training, educational development and networking.

Johnson said approximately 35 members attend the local chapter meetings, held every third Wednesday at the Callahan House in Longmont. For more information, call chapter President Rose Chamberlain at 303-682-0749 or visit www.abwahq.org.

Pam Mellskog can be reached at 303-776-2244, Ext. 224 or by e-mail at pmellskog@times-call.com.