P.E.I. Busi­ness Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion Awards two schol­ar­ships

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY -

The P.E.I. Busi­ness Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion has an­nounced the two re­cip­i­ents of its highly cov­eted Women in Busi­ness Schol­ar­ship.

The schol­ar­ship is for Is­land women who are pur­su­ing an ed­u­ca­tion in busi­ness.

The two re­cip­i­ents, Lau­rie Forsyth and Stephanie Dou­glas, are the latest re­cip­i­ents since the schol­ar­ship pro­gram be­gan in 2014. The se­lec­tion com­mit­tee con­sisted of busi­ness pro­fes­sion­als from the Is­land, in­clud­ing board mem­bers from PEIBWA.

“The man­date of the P.E.I. Busi­ness Women's As­so­ci­a­tion is to sup­port women in busi­ness - and those who want to be in busi­ness,” says Mary Jane Web­ster, pres­i­dent of PEIBWA.

“By pro­vid­ing schol­ar­ships to women who are pur­su­ing stud­ies in the busi­ness field, we are able to di­rectly sup­port two more amaz­ing women to fol­low their dreams of busi­ness suc­cess. Funds for the schol­ar­ship are al­lo­cated from our an­nual fundrais­ing event ‘Ul­ti­mate Girls Night Out’ and are open to any woman res­i­dent of P.E.I.”

Scholars were se­lected based on high aca­demic abil­ity and achieve­ments, per­sis­tence, lead­er­ship, and fi­nan­cial need.

“This schol­ar­ship will have a sig­nif­i­cant pos­i­tive im­pact on my strug­gle to stay in school work­ing on my master of arts is­land stud­ies and stay on track. To say this is dif­fi­cult, with var­i­ous fi­nan­cial chal­lenges, is an un­der­state­ment and this schol­ar­ship is a vi­tal com­po­nent in stay­ing in the master’s pro­gram and on track with my school­ing,” says Dou­glas.

The busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion pro­gram is a two-year course of study that pre­pares stu­dents for ca­reers in busi­ness man­age­ment and small busi­ness oper­a­tions, says Forsyth.

“Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from the pro­gram I plan to run my own free­lance mu­sic busi­ness as a teacher and per­former as well as use my knowl­edge of mu­sic and busi­ness to con­sult and pro­mote mu­si­cians and artists in their own ca­reers."

Plan­ning is now un­der­way for Ul­ti­mate Girl’s Night Out 2015. Build­ing on the suc­cesses from pre­vi­ous years, the PEIBWA is look­ing for­ward to be­ing able to con­tinue to sup­port lo­cal women en­trepreneurs and in­trapreneurs via its schol­ar­ship and the ad­di­tional pro­gram­ming that hap­pens as a di­rect re­sult of the money raised at this an­nual fundrais­ing event.

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