About the Laura Bedingfield Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship & Lisa Yoder Memorial Graduate Scholarship
The Tampa Bay OWIT (TBOWIT) scholarships are designed to help support a deserving student male or female in an international study opportunity. The scholarships are designed for those students who are interested in international relations, development, trade, economics, or business.
Two scholarships with a maximum of $1,000 each to the selected winner.
Provide the TBOWIT Scholarship Committee with a detailed description of a confirmed use for the award (e.g. acceptance at study abroad program, or field research for course in which you are enrolled, etc.). Identify the length of time needed to develop and complete this defined project. Award winner must be available to attend 2017 TBOWIT Gala in person (or via Skype if still overseas) to give an oral presentation; a written report may also be required if requested by TBOWIT Board.
Scholarship money must be used within the 12 months following grant of award.
All full-time students at an accredited College or University may apply (except freshman). Scholarship funds must be used for tuition, books, and other expenses related to international studies, including study abroad programs.
The scholarship will be awarded based on:
Applications and requested documentation are due in October of every year.
The chosen recipient will be notified two weeks before the Annual Awards Luncheon. The award will be given at that year’s Award Luncheon. The recipient will be given an opportunity to briefly outline the proposed use of the award at the Award Luncheon and will be invited to attend the following year to give a brief presentation on their scholastic work.
About the Laura Bedingfield Undergraduate Scholarship
Laura Bedingfield was a founding board member of TBOWIT. Laura was an exceptional woman, a single mom, and an inspiration to many. After she passed away unexpectedly TBOWIT named their yearly scholarship in honor of her life. With strength, determination, and skill Laura rose rapidly thru the ranks at her accounting firm and was well respected by both those inside and outside of her organization. Laura is missed by TBOWIT, but her memory lives on and we know that she would be pleased that her name is associated in helping students gain more traction in the international arena.
About the Lisa Yoder Memorial Graduate Scholarship
Lisa Yoder served on the TBOWIT Board for many years with indefatigable commitment; she was a true advocate for free trade and had great contacts in D.C. which she often brought to the chapter as speakers. Lisa fought a four-year battle with cancer but continued to serve on our Board almost until her last days. Lisa passed away in April 2015 and she is missed by all. Lisa's love of life, family and friends, selfless caring for others, and giving spirit were felt by all who knew her and whose lives she touched. A graduate of Clark University, Lisa received a Masters in International Affairs and Soviet Studies from Columbia University and a Masters in National Security Strategy from the National War College. Following positions at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a Presidential Management Internship at the Department of the Army, Lisa had a distinguished career with the Department of Defense including work on national security issues and US-NATO security policy, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Her last position was with the Tampa Operations for Northrop Grumman Corp. In recognition of her many career accomplishments, Lisa was honored with two Secretary of Defense Medals for Meritorious Civilian Service, the Secretary of Defense Civilian Career Service Award, and was a finalist for the Paul H. Nitze Award for Excellence in International Security Affairs.