LAWRENCE — KU business student Maggie Zehren has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship from the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA).
Established in 1949, ABWA is a national organization established to help working women grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.
“Maggie is a truly gifted student, evidenced by her being admitted to both the university honors program and inaugural School of Business honors class,” said KU finance professor Bill Beedles.
Beyond her high GPA is vast experience in leadership roles at KU, Beedles said. She serves as a mentor to freshman honors students, served as an officer in University Hall Governance while the university planned its new core curriculum, and currently serves on KU Alumni Association’s student leadership board.
“In her ‘spare time,’ she has paid her way through school working as a human resources intern in Lawrence and Olathe,” Beedles said. “She does more than expected, and always does an outstanding job.”
The scholarship was awarded by ABWA’s board of trustees, said executive director Rene Street, which reviews several hundred applications for scholarships, grants and tuition reimbursement each year. In 2012, ABWA awarded more than $315,000 in scholarships to U.S. women seeking professional development, undergraduate or graduate business degrees.
“There are many amazing applicants and it is often a tough decision,” said Tina Ackles, ABWA board of trustees president. “Maggie represents the qualities we are looking for in a scholarship recipient. It is evident that she is dedicated to her academics, and through her participation in various campus activities, she has committed to giving back.”
All scholarships are awarded by the educational fund’s trustees, and sustained by ABWA members and corporate benefactors. In 2013, the scholarship fund celebrated its 60th anniversary. Since its inception, more than $17 million in scholarships have been awarded to more than 16,000 women.
ABWA is headquartered in Overland Park, and has a long partnership history with the KU School of Business and its executive education programs.