What a difference made in the lives of five women! Last January, proceeds raised throughout 2017 for the Tampa Bay BPW Foundation were awarded to Tampa Bay women as educational scholarships.

Introducing Our 2017 Scholarship Winners

2017 Scholarship Winners


Yesica Barrera Benitez is a student at St. Petersburg College pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.  Ms. Barrera Benitez has already achieved an Associate in Arts degree summa cum laude and an Associate in Science degree with honors from St. Petersburg College. After she receives her BSN from St. Petersburg College in May 2019, she intends to further her education by attending the University of South Florida’s Nurse Practitioner’s program. Ms. Barrera Benitez is the first in her family to attend college.

Staci Johnson is an honor student at St. Leo University pursuing a degree in accounting. With the aid of her scholarship, she will be able to finish school, graduate on time and achieve her goal of becoming a Certified Public Accountant.  She will be the second member of her family to graduate college and the first to become a CPA.

Sandra Quintero is a student at Hillsborough Community College, Ybor City Campus, in her third level of the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program. Ms. Quintero has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from a college in Colombia and must complete the EAP program before pursuing further education in this country. She is a single mother whose goal is to become successful and provide the opportunity for her 7-year-old daughter to achieve a professional career of her choice.

Ronnesha Roberts is a student at Erwin Technical College with a GPA of 3.14 in the Licensed Practical Nursing Program.  Once she has completed the course, she intends to take the state exam to earn her Practical Nursing License.  Her goal is to find a job and continue her education at Jersey College in Tampa to achieve an Associate’s degree in nursing. Mrs. Roberts is the mother of three children.

Jada Stephens is a student resident at the University of South Florida pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education.  She graduated from Hillsborough Community College on May 5, 2017, with an Associate of Arts degree and is continuing her education to become an elementary school teacher, which she considers her true calling.  Ms. Stephens was awarded four leadership from Student Government, two from HCC/Ybor Campus for Academics and Leadership.  Ms. Stephens has four daughters and is a hair stylist as well as a full-time student.

Kai Lee Su is an honor student at Stetson University College of Law pursuing her Juris Doctor.  Ms. Su graduated from the University of Florida cum laude in Spring 2016 and began her law studies at Stetson in the Fall of 2016. She is President of the International Law Society. Ms. Su is also interested in environmental law.  She serves on the Go Green Committee, which educates students about how to be more sustainable and is implementing a new compost system on campus. Ms. Su’s dream job would be to work in the United Nations on peace operations.

Teeuana Williams is a student at the University of South Florida.  Ms. Williams was a student at St. Leo University from August 2015 through April 2017 where she achieved the Dean’s list and maintained a GPA of 3.6. Ms. Williams transferred to the University of South Florida to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. Ms. Williams is a member of the Women in Business Society, which aims to bridge the gap between the academic and business worlds by exposing their members to successful female role models.  She is also a member of the National Council for Negro Women, whose mission is to lead, develop and advocate for women of African descent.