Krista Rogers Awarded ABWA National Scholarship
As a business student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in SEU’s Jannetides College of Business & Entrepreneurial Leadership, Krista Rogers realized the significance of networking and intentional professional development outside of the classroom. Although highly active in SEU’s Enactus team working on entrepreneurial projects, Krista also decided to join the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) of Downtown Lakeland during her senior year.
Her involvement with the association soon paid off. Just a month into her membership she was recognized with the chapter’s peer-to-peer S.T.A.R. (Service, Teamwork, Attitude, Resilience) award, and a year later she was the recipient of the chapter’s Protégé award. Most recently, Krista was the recipient of the $10,000 ABWA National President’s Scholarship. She was selected from a pool of more than 100 applicants from across the United States.
“I am still amazed to be chosen for this prestigious scholarship. I consider this gift to be the highest honor and the most tremendous blessing. God is so faithful and I am beyond grateful for His provision,” said Krista.
Krista is currently enrolled in SEU’s MBA program and plans to apply the scholarship toward her tuition and textbooks for this coming academic year. She hopes to someday work for The Walt Disney Company. This summer, she had the opportunity to participate in two intensive study programs — one in Cambridge, UK, and the other with the Disney Institute in Orlando. She currently serves as an administrative intern for the College of Arts & Media at Southeastern.
The mission of ABWA is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations. The organization provides opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition. Krista joined the Lakeland Downtown ABWA chapter in March of 2016. As a student, Krista felt it was important to join ABWA to gain the benefits of networking, mentoring, relevant experience, and intentional professional development to complement her classroom learning.
“Krista Rogers is an amazing young leader, talented, very humble and very much adored by our chapter. She always has a smile on her face and is willing to help with any duty that is needed of her. This recognition is very well-deserved and we are honored to have her as part of our chapter,” said Jessica Correll, Lakeland Downtown ABWA president. Krista will be continuing her dedication to the organization; she has recently begun service on the chapter’s board as sunshine committee chair.
To qualify for the scholarship, the recipient must be pursuing a higher education degree in the field of business, be at least a junior in college, have consistently maintained a 3.0 or higher GPA, and provide multiple letters of recommendation. The award is open to young women across the United States. Only one National President’s Scholarship is awarded each year.