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The Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund exists to provide educational grants and scholarships to women pursuing post secondary educational goals as well as ongoing professional development in order to support their career advancement and to help them become the role models, mentors and leaders of the future.

The Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund (SBMEF) is one of the country's most highly respected grant and scholarship funds for women. SBMEF has been supporting businesswomen for more than 50 years. The fund assists women pursuing advanced educational goals enabling them to achieve business and professional success.

The National Board of Directors of the American Business Women's Assciation (ABWA) serve as the SBMEF trustee's, overseeing the funds administration. Each year the trustees strive to maximize funding to provide hundreds of American women with financial assistance through a variety of educational programs.

  • Business Skills Tuition Reimbursement

  • Outright Grants

  • National Graduate Scholarships

  • Corporate Scholarships

  • Chapter/Network Impact Scholarships

  • Legacy Donor Scholarships

The Key to SBMEF is the energy and commitment of ABWA members who sponsor applicants, make contributions, and raise money to champion the important mission of this fund.

René Street - Overland Park, KS

Lorie Burch - Plano, TX

Janet Lee Streenz - Normal, IL

Barbara Jenkins - Fremont, CA

Gaylyn DeVine - Pearland, TX

Nancy Griffin - Topeka, KS

Meg Bell - Lenexa, KS

Laura Morlando - Cedar Hill, TX

Anne Pasquini - Lawrenceville, GA

Mary M. Brown - Canfield, OH

Lynn White-Shelby - Burbank, CA

Christina Struwe - Keego Harbor, MI

Margaret Aniol - Wayne, MI

Patti Bigger - Rockford, IL

Danni Stallbaumer - Hoyt, KS

Mary Catherine Robinson - Warren, MI

Rosi Weisser - Escondido, CA

Kathy Richer - Lenexa, KS

Sue McGee-Chiodini - Quincy, IL

Julie Sullivan - Dearborn, MI

Jo Ann Huebner - Rochester Hills, MI

Tamie Lynn Duckworth - Kilgore, TX

Red Poppy Chapter In Memory of Mary Fox - Georgetown, TX

Shirlene Boudreaux - Thibodaux, LA

Bee Franks-Walker - Hayward, CA

Donna Bush - Newark, CA

Karen Kleffel - Leesport, PA

Tammy McDaniel - Fort Walton Beach, FL

Karen Nickell - Fremont, CA

Cindy Mims - N Chesterfield, VA

Eileen Royer - Ephrata, PA

Karen Oliver - La Palma, CA

Mary E Mills - Royal Oak, MI

Jeanne Weicht - Dover, PA

Virginia Degiorgi - Nanjemoy, MD

Sue Huguenin - New Smyrna Beach, FL

Lois Margolin - Coral Springs, FL

JoAnn Osby - Los Angeles, CA

In Honor of Amy Dawson - Fremont, CA

Nancy Ballenger - Peculiar, MO

Diane Ehret - Royal Oak , MI

Marianne Lawrence - Mathews, VA

Cathy Alderman - Royal Oak, MI

Angela Niehaus - Pearl City, IL

Arloeen Sciaroni - Los Banos, CA

Robin Sawamura - Newark, CA

Christiane Linowski - Anaheim Hills, CA

Viola Morris - Rustburg, VA

Ramona McDonald - Tecumseh, KS

Mary Elaine Boose - Lecompton, KS

Linda Hamilton - Flint, MI

Linda Tuttle - Norcross, GA

Becky Smith - Navasota, TX

Lisa Montross - Port Huron, MI

Debbie Derham - Fremont, CA

Karen Carter - San Jose, CA

Irene G. Bravo - San Jose, CA

Connie Garcia - San Jose, CA

Ann Moore-Hill - Thomaston, TX

Diane Beedon - Lakeport, MI

Lynn Drowne - Wheeling, WV

Shirley New - New Castle, IN

Deloris Crews - Danville, VA

Barbara Wogsland - Rocklin, CA

Wendy Wilker - Benton, LA

Delsonia Chappell - Douglasville, GA

Christine Wright - Cape Coral, FL

Debra Weilbacher - Blue Springs, MO

Nancy Lee Reddick - Normal, IL

In Honor of League President, Kim Kankel - Pearland, TX

Marge Crouter - Yucca Valley, CA

In Honor of Vivian Gardner - Wilmington, NC

Marjorie Davis - Newport Beach, CA

Kathy Scott - Flint, MI

Sharon Smith - Anaheim, CA

Jan Finley Fernandez - Bryan, TX

Susan Olson - Sugar Land, TX

Beverly Turek - Bryan, TX

Carolyn Hunt - Farmers Branch, TX

Diane Nixon - Ann Arbor, MI

Vanessa Willis - Livermore, CA

Kerri Dunton - Thousand Oaks, CA

Sheila McConnell-Houston - Kansas City, MO

Jeanne Banks - Placitas, NM

Sandra Overstreet - Richmond, CA

Marianne Lawrence in memory of Jane Deibler - Mathews, VA

Des Moines Area Council - Des Moines, IA

Myrleen Knott - Alvin, TX

Amy Dawson - Fremont, CA

Linda Walker - Midwest City, OK

In Honor of Nancy Miller, From Kansas City Express Network Members - Overland Park, KS

Doris Brown - Fort Washington, MD

In Honor of Kimberly Williams, 2014 Woman of the Year, North Dallas Buisness Women's Express Network - Dallas, TX

Dawn Lloyd - Gilbert, AZ

In Honor of Woman of the Year Carol Paukstis-Cook and Top Ten Nominee Lisa Montross ViVon Chapter - Port Huron, MI

In memory of my mother, Arlene Miller, from Lara Neidel - Olathe, KS

Sandy Haner - Overland Park, KS

Sue Buckley - Topeka , KS

Marlene Conaway - Topeka, KS

In Honor of Lorie Burch from your NBOD - Plano, TX

Shannon Nichol - Topeka, KS

In Memory of Evangelist Lois Ivory: Entrepreneur and Mom, from Tesha Shannon - Plano, TX

Sally Pierce - San Jose, CA

Barbara Acy - Jackson, MS

Beatrice Burton - Richmond, VA

Renaissance Chapter #2219 - St. Louis, MO

Judy Bond - Shawnee, KS

In Memory of Helena Pavlak, Lynn and Walter Fedoriw's sister - Boca Raton, FL

In Honor of Rene' Street on behalf of North Dallas Business Women Express Network - Dallas, TX

Lakeland Downtown Chapter in memory of Joanne Saxion - Lakeland, FL

In Honor of 2015 Top Ten Maria Martinez - Lakeland, FL

Gina Berry - Mulberry, FL

In Honor of Columbia Triad Chapter - Columbia, SC

Tracey Jackson - Midlothian, VA

Janis Stewart - Lawrence, KS

Sandy Schrah - Linden, MI

Diane Walters-Sanchez - Tucson, AZ

Sharon Godbee - Greensboro, NC

Kathy Gallagher - Lighthouse Point, FL

In Honor of 50th Anniversary, Pathfinder Chapter - Fremont, CA

Shirley Moretti - Orange, CA

In Memory of Dan Drowne,2013-2014 Amassador Steering Committee - Whitemore, MI

Beth Varney and Alice Anderson - Houston, TX

San Jacinto Chapter - Houston, TX

Carmen Dickens, A Great President, Honored By La Luz Chapter - Albuquerque, NM

Luisa Gignac, Our Remaining Charter Member, Honored by La Luz Chapter - Albuquerque, NM

Olymipa Charter Chapter - Olympia, WA

Vicki Cork-Carter and Gwendoylyn Cork - Grayson, GA

Debbie Everman - Indianapolis, IN

In Memory of William "Bill" Peters, from Margaret Roll Peters - Pocatello, ID

Joann Lansbarkis - Bloomington, IL

Dorothy James - Normal, IL

Laura Dunwood - Oakland, CA

Northern Palm Beach Chapter - Northern Palm Beach, FL