• HCPBWA awards scholarships to local women

    May 23, 2012 No comments

    Each year, the Hendricks County Professional Business Women’s Association (HCPBWA) awards three scholarships to Hendricks County graduating high school girls, who are pursuing a business-related degree, and to adult women, who are returning to school for higher education in a business-related field. This month two Avon High School seniors, Lauren Gerulski and Riley Larkin, and one returning adult student, Heather Killion, Avon, were each awarded a $1000 scholarship. 

    “The Hendricks County Professional Business Women’s Association is extremely pleased to provide scholarships to these women,” says Jennifer McPeak, scholarship committee chairperson. “We’re dedicated to helping women in the county who are interested in business-related fields grow personally and professionally through leadership and educational development. This program also helps ease some of the financial burden of attending college or other higher education programs.” 

    Gerulski will attend Ball State University in the fall to pursue a marketing and business degree. “Ever since I was little, my mom said I was their little entrepreneur, because I was always making and selling things,” says Gerulski. “I would love to see myself in the field of advertising once I graduate.” 

    This fall, Larkin will attend Trine University to get her bachelor’s degree in accounting. Larkin developed an interest in business after watching her parents run their small family business, Larkin Collision Center, in Plainfield. She will also play on the Trine women’s softball team. 

    About 20 years ago, Killion worked as a recreational therapist in a hospital setting for a rehabilitation unit and a skilled nursing unit. However, once her children were born, she decided to stay at home to rear them. Three years ago, her mother was hospitalized for pancreatic cancer from which she died. Then a year ago, her best friend was hospitalized for leukemia. After watching hospital nursing staff provide amazing care and support to her mother and to her friend, Killion decided to return to school to pursue a nursing degree. Currently, she is enrolled in the accelerated nursing program at Marian University and plans to work in the oncology field. 

    “Going back to school demonstrates my belief in the importance of education and always trying to give back to the community,” says Killion. “It is my intention to try to work in Hendricks County and be able to provide patient care to our local neighbors.” 

    In order to raise funds for scholarships, the HCPBWA hosts an annual business expo, Grow Your Business. This year’s event will be on October 11, 2012, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Hendricks County 4-H Conference Center in Danville. For more information on Grow Your Business exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.hcpbwa.com

    To join the HCPBWA, membership is open to business women who live or work in Hendricks County. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Park Manor Square in Avon. Meetings feature a light meal and a speaker discussing topics on business and leadership. For more information, visit www.hcpbwa.com

    About HCPBWA

    HCPBWA is comprised of professionals, business owners and aspiring business women who live or work in Hendricks County, Indiana. Our mission is to unite women, who are interested in business or professions, into a group for education and leadership opportunities, to promote community affairs, and to provide scholarships for women who are pursuing higher education in the field of business.

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