What a difference made in the lives of nine women! Last October, through generous donations to our 2015 Networking Night, the proceeds raised for the Tampa Bay BPW Foundation were awarded to Tampa Bay women as educational scholarships.


2015 BPW Foundation Award Winners

Left to right: Laura Rehbein, Scholarship Committee Chairman, and Scholarship Winners: Melanie Mohler, Catherine Espinosa, Glory Okwori, Stephanie Hughell. Not pictured: Allbree Strouse.

Melanie Mohler:
Melanie is a student at Hillsborough Community College majoring in Biomedical Science and maintaining a 3.6 grade point average. She will graduate in December 2014 and continue her studies at the University of South Florida. Her goal is to continue on to medical school with a concentration on oncology research. She has lost both parents to cancer and wants to find a cure.

Catherine Espinosa:
Catherine is a student at Erwin/Tampa Bay Tech in the Medical Terminology program. She needed to help support her siblings, earned her GED and has worked various jobs without benefits or opportunities for advancement. She is dedicated to her studies and has a 4.0 grade point average. She was on track to complete the program in June of 2015. She had a Pell grant but needed assistance with books and exam fees.

Glory Okwori:
Glory is studying for a dual Masters’ in Health Management and Public Health at the University of South Florida. She has a 4.0 grade point average. Her goal is to become a health care administrator. She is participating in a paid internship (part-time) with the VA hospital this year in addition to her classes. She has received some grants and student loans to finance her education.

Stephanie Hughell:
Stephanie is enrolled in the Licensed Practical Nursing program at Erwin Technical Center with a completion date of July 2015. She has a 3.8 grade point average. She has also completed the prerequisite requirements for the RN program at HCC and the BSN program at USF. She was raised by a single mother, was married for a short time and has held various jobs but has a long-time desire to become a nurse.

Allbree Strouse:
Allbree is a single mother of a son and sole provider for her family. She is enrolled at St. Petersburg College majoring in dental hygiene. Allbree has a 3.9 grade point average and has been accepted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Allbree is a member of Women on the Way and volunteered at Bright House Fields last fall to raise money for Hospice. Allbree was unable to attend the Networking Night presentation, but she received her scholarship shortly thereafter.