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Black Women's Task Force Scholarship Guidelines

The Black Womenís Task Force, in accordance with itsí mission statement, is committed to the betterment of African American women as they pursue educational goals through the provision of financial assistance.


  1. Applicant must be attending or accepted to a Southern Arizona college, university or an accredited business or vocational school.

  2. Applicant must demonstrate the need for financial assistance.

Thank you for your interest in our scholarships. Our application process is now closed.
Scholarship awards will be announced mid December.

June 8, 2011

Dear BWTF Scholarship Committee,

I am honored to be one of the recipients of the 2009-2010 BWTF Scholarship. I am glad to have the opportunity to thank you personally for your generosity.

Throughout my undergraduate career I relied on scholarships to help finance my education. Scholarships have played a critical role hi my academic and professional advancement. Receiving this scholarship greatly reduced my financial burdens and provided assistance for me as I pursued my undergraduate degree. In fact, if it were not for the BWTF scholarship, I would not have been able to pay my tuition. Thanks to your support, I have now completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona.

My undergraduate journey has been a wonderful experience! I have been very fortunate to have served on various student committees, present at national conferences, intern with prestigious contributors in public health, and organize workshops for the university community. I graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. I was also awarded as Outstanding Senior in the undergraduate class of the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. The culmination of my undergraduate experience has been life changing and I feel prepared for graduate studies in the field of public health.

I am now looking forward to pursuing a Master of Science in Health Policy Administration at Penn State University this fall. After finishing my masters, I would like to complete a doctorate in health policy and administration and return to Arizona so that I may give back to the community that played a key role in my academic success.

Once again, I want to thank you very much for awarding me this scholarship and helping me achieve my educational goals. Your generosity truly makes a difference.

Beatrice Abiero

The Black Women's Task Force is proud to announce 2009-2010 scholarship winners.

The winning recipients are:

Christina Rigaud -$750.00

McDonogh 35 High School
University of Arizona
Worked at a Data Entry Specialist for Chirco Automotive
Major: English plans to graduate in May of 2010

Community Service:
Volunteered Canyon Crest Nursing Home where her mother was a resident

Shahayla Byrd-$750.00

Cesar Chaves High School
University of Arizona
Major Pre-Pharmacy

Community Service: Founder of Umoja Newsletter
Cheer coach at The Boys and Girls Club
Office of Admissions UofA recruiter
Tucson Urban League-dance instructor

Beatrice Abiero-$1000.00

Barry Goldwater High School
University of AZ
Major: Pre-Health Education

Community Service:
African Students Association-U of A
Developed AALS (African American Life
Sciences) informational book
Women's Resource Center

The BWTF held it's first  scholarship awards ceremony at the Tucson Southern Arizona Black Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, February 20, 2010. We are so proud of the recipients and wish them much success in their academic, professional and personal future.  We are looking forward to the next scholarship.  Our scholarship fund is supported by fundraiser events and donations from the community.  All contributions are welcome.

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