The Tampa Bay OWIT (TBOWIT) scholarships are designed to help support a deserving Tampa Bay student in an international study opportunity. The scholarships are designed for those students who are interested in international relations, development, trade, economics, business, or relevant study abroad programs.
Two scholarships with a maximum of $1,500 each to the selected winner.
Entries must be received by online submission (using link above) by April 19, 2024.
The scholarship will be awarded based on:
Applications must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than EOD April 19, 2023.
The chosen recipient will be notified in Spring 2023. The recipient will be given an opportunity to briefly outline the proposed use of the award to TBOWIT members and will be invited to attend an award ceremony to give a brief presentation on their scholastic work.
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.
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.