Montgomery County Association of Business Women Awards 12 Senior Scholarships

By: Margie Taylor
| Published 05/27/2020

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TX - MCABW awarded 12 scholarships thanks to the benevolence of many sponsors of the cancelled fundraiser.

The 6th Annual MCABW Foundation Fundraiser was originally scheduled for March 28th at Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse hosted by The Montgomery County Association of Business Women (MCABW) to benefit scholarships for twelve female high school seniors attending school in Montgomery County.

Each of the selected high school seniors was awarded a $1,000 scholarship and will be recognized for their achievements. The scholarship committee received 80 applications from throughout Montgomery County high schools based on need, community engagement, and academics.

The MCABW Foundation, is a 501c3, non-profit organization awarding over 52 college scholarships in the past 9 years to graduating female seniors of Montgomery County High Schools. Most of the young ladies that have won scholarships from MCABW were first generation college students and have a great financial need.

MCABW was founded by Carol Gooch in 2005 and will be celebrating their 15th anniversary this August. Carol was proud to add the Scholarship Foundation six years ago.

“Each year MCABW awards college scholarships to female seniors graduating from Montgomery County high schools. The young ladies must submit an application with their academic scores as well as academic accomplishments, and their community and/or volunteer activities. The young ladies also have a few essay questions to answer and they must submit 2 letters of recommendations.  We are as excited as the seniors to announce the MCABW 2020 scholarship recipients”, said Gooch.

The ladies awarded scholarships came from 8 local high schools throughout the county -Caney Creek, Conroe, Infinity Early College High School, New Caney, Porter, Splendora, The Woodlands College Park, and Willis High School.

Estefania Colin  - Caney Creek High School, Ivette Cervantes -Caney Creek High School, Madison Mills - Caney Creek High School, Melanie Norris - Caney Creek High School, Vanessa Diaz - Caney Creek High School, Casandra Rangel  - Conroe High School, Emeli Soto Trejo – Infinity Early College High School, Kayla Coffman – New Caney High School, Jocelyn Aguilar - Porter High School, Shelby Denton – Splendora High School, Hannah Wilson - Willis High School, and Grace McCook – The Woodlands College Park High School. See all the ladies awarded scholarships.

“Having been a former school teacher and school counselor, education is very important to me and it gives me great pleasure to have MCABW award scholarships to young ladies who want to further their education.” Carol also stated, “I want to thank all the sponsors that helped us award 12 scholarships this year to deserving female graduates of Montgomery County high schools. Our gala is postponed, but we couldn’t wait to award the ladies their funds to further their education.”

Some of the sponsors for the Scholarship Fundraiser are: Yee Plastic Surgery, Congressman Kevin Brady, I Promote You, Guaranty Bank and Trust, 1 st Choice Collision, Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber, Sheriff Rand Henderson, Kingwood Pines Hospital, America’s ER Medical Center, 5 Point Credit Union, Planet Ford Lincoln, Dr. Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, Sue Walling, Advocate Direct Care. Avenida Brazil, Woodland Springs, Clarity Hearing, Quality of Life Chiropractic, Supreme Lending, Constable Ryan Gable, Senator Brandon Creighton, and Briggs & Veselka Co. Additional Friends of MCABW sponsors are listed here.

MCABW is a local forum for area businesswomen to serve the community and to help grow their business. Carol Gooch founded the association in 2005 and the ladies have been serving the community for 15 years with membership topping 200 women. MCABW will bring the community together to inspire, support and empower each other while giving back to those in need in Montgomery County. They are your local business sorority.

MCABW dues are $100 annually including a profile listing in the online directory, a calendar of events of all local business opportunities and 6 events each month to network your business and get to know each other. Those events include: a monthly evening mixer, a monthly business network luncheon at Incredible Pizza, a monthly business coffee meeting at the chamber of commerce in The Woodlands and also at the chamber of commerce in Conroe, a Montgomery business luncheon and a monthly business dinner. Dates and times are listed on the website or under Events on the MCABW Facebook page.

Other programs include Professional Development and Personal Growth through the Peers Offering Women Engaging Relationships (POWER) Mentoring program. Members mentor other members in finance, social media, managing staff, marketing, and stress management.

Throughout the year MCABW contributes to the Scholarship Fund with prize raffles the 4th Tuesday of the month at Incredible Pizza. Every bit of the money raised goes to the scholarship fund. Ladies are welcome to attend two events as visitors before deciding to join MCABW.

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