2024 Scholarship

Pathfinder Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association is offering two scholarships to a qualified female students for the 2024-2025 academic year. 

Scholarship #1 >>  This $2000 scholarship will be offered to one deserving female student attending an accredited college or university authorized to confer a baccalaureate degree within the United States. The field of study is open and not specified. Those applying must be a first or second year student in August or September  2024 and have been accepted at an accredited college or university.

Eligibility criteria for all applicants:

  • Must be female and a citizen of the United States
  • Must reside in Alameda, Santa Clara, or Contra Costa county
  • Must have achieved a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better on a 4.0 scale

Eligible women interested in applying for this $2000 scholarship must contact one of the Pathfinder Chapter Professional Development Chairs:

Barbara Jenkins or Debbie Derham

 To be considered, all applications must be completed in full, online by May 10, 2024.

SBMEF (Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund), ABWA’s national educational fund, is one of the most highly respected grant and scholarship funds in the country. It is a 501(c)(3) charitable trust and public foundation. The National Officers and Board of Trustees of the SBMEF serve as the selection board for the scholarship.


Scholarship #2 >>  In partnership with Ohlone College  Foundation, we are offering a $1000 scholarship (ABWA Polly Olson Memorial Scholarship) to one female student attending Ohlone as a freshmanan or sophomore. Click here for more information.


More information about the leading association for working women and women business owners can be found at www.abwa.org.

2023 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to Noor Dharni, who will be attending Hamilton College in upstate New  York, majoring in Psychology.  Noor has a long list of accomplishments including producting a film and podcasts.  

The Polly Olson Memorial Scholarship was issued to Adilene Vera. Adilene graduated from Newark Memorial High School and is attending Ohlone College in Fremont.  She is enrolled as a Business and Accounting major.  She also received the Ohlone Promise Scholarship, a program for high achieving students.  

Contratulations Noor and Adilne! We will be following your success and supporting you along the way!




2022 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to Disha Yadav, who will be attending UCLA, majoring in biology. She plans to pursue post-doc studies that include research and medicine for a PhD/MD, and study renal disease.

Please also congratulate Delaney Roehrs. She will start her education at Las Positas Community College, before transferring to a 4 year university to pursue a degree in Psychology. She plans to pursue post–graduate studies to earn a PsyD and study clinical psychology. 

The Polly Olson Memorial Scholarship was issued to Aashna Patel. Aashna will begin at Ohlone College in Fremont, and transfer to a 4 year university to complete her Bachelors in Nursing.

Contratulations Disha, Delaney, and Aashna! We will be following your success and supporting you along the way!


2021 Scholarship Presentations

Pathfinder Chapter was pleased to award our 2 Impact Scholarships to two deserving students in a Saturday morning “coffee clache” on July 31, 2021.

Scholarship #1:

The $2000 Impact Scholarship was awarded to Jenna Houle from Sunnyvale. Jenna will be attending Massachu-setts Institute of Technology (MIT), planning to major in bio-logical engineering, with a concentration in immunolological engineering and a minor in computer science. Jenna is a member of the am a member of the 49ers STEM Leader-ship Institute (SLI) having spent more than 2000 hours and a leadership role in the program. Driven and focused! Well deserved, Jenna. Enjoy your educational experience in Boston and wherever your advanced degree programs take you!

Scholarship #2 - Polly Olson Memorial Scholarship:

The $1000 Polly Olson Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Shannon Ly of Union City. Shannon will be starting her college studies at Chabot College in Hayward. Her interests are in the biological sciences and biomedical engineering. After 1 year at Chabot, Shannon plans to transfer to a UC university and continue to learn about medical technology and how it can advance medicine in the future.
We know Shannon will continue to excel in her studies and graduate programs, and be successful in all she does. Congratulations, Shannon!


2020 Scholarship Recipients


Sanjana Bhanvadia ($2,000 Impact Scholarship)

Sanjana is a student with many talents. She has taken rigorous classes to achieve not only a 4.53 GPA and Top Scholar Award (4.0 and higher GPA for 3 consecutive trimesters) all four years, but knowledge and leadership skills that form the building blocks of a successful career.

Sanjana plans to pursue a degree in marketing and communications, with the goal of becoming a public relations and fundraising manager. She will be attending UC Davis in the fall to start her studies.

Congratulations, Sanjana!

 Click here to see Sanjana's Testimonial



Claire Wiedenfeld ($1,000 Polly Olson Memorial Scholarship)

Claire earned a cumulative 4.0 GPA at Granada High School, as well as Principal's Honor Roll all four years. During her senior year, she explored her interests in the medical field and received acceptance into the Regional Occupational Program focused on Medical Occupations. While in this program, she maintained a 4.0 GPA and accumulated 180 clinical hours towards college credits.

Claire will begin her studies at Las Positas College to earn an Associate in Science degree for Public Health Science. She will transfer to a university with a nursing program to earn her BSN. Claire plans to
continue her education towards her Masters of Science in Nursing, as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Congratulations, Claire!

Click here to see Claire's Testimonial



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