American Business Women’s Association
This scholarship was made possible by the Grand Junction American Business Women’s Association. On September 22, 1949, Shirley Cupp, Irma Beisel, Frances Stuckey and Mr. Hilary Bufton Jr. met in a coffee shop in downtown Kansas City to incorporate the American Business Women’s Association at a time when it was considered socially unacceptable for women to pursue a full-time career, have a girl’s night out or even join an association. The mission of the American Business Women’s Association is to bring together business women of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition. The Grand Junction chapter of ABWA is working to do just that through yearly scholarship support at CMU.