The Business Forum (TBF) has announced the awarding of $20,000 in scholarships to seven very deserving women which will be presented at their Annual Scholarship Luncheon on May 3 at the Madison Club.

The Business Forum is a professional organization for women who want to expand their network of meaningful business connections and to make a difference in other’s lives. Since 1989, the Business Forum Foundation has awarded more than $385,000 to support women of all ages in pursuing higher education goals.

Their largest scholarship each year is given in the name of Judith Rose, a founder of The Business Forum, whose professional achievement, dedicated community service, and personal life exemplified a commitment to excellence and personal growth.

This year’s Judy Rose Scholar is Shaquida Johnson, a single mother of two and currently a student at Upper Iowa University, working to finish her degree in Human Services to achieve her goal of working with children and families who need support services to overcome the effects of abuse, neglect, and poverty.

Our other Dane County recipients include:
◆ Ngina Ali, a graduate of the HealthCare Administration program at Madison College, who hopes to attend UW Madison in Fall 2018, working toward her nursing degree.
◆ Ditra Comer, with an associate’s degree from Madison College, and is working toward her degree in Human Services from Upper Iowa University with a goal of being a social worker.
◆ Laura Flores-Cortes, who just graduated from West High School in Madison and will begin her business studies at UW-Whitewater in Fall 2018, with a goal of becoming a CPA.
◆ Nancy Jessenia Gomez, Runaway and Homeless Youth Program Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator at Briarpatch Youth Services in Madison, who is working towards a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Edgewood College, with a goal of working with marginalized populations.
◆ Brianna Larson, who is a student at Madison College, with a goal of transferring to US-Madison and obtaining a degree to support her goal of becoming an AODA counselor.
◆ Stephanie Nash, who is completing her bachelor’s degree at Springfield College (Milwaukee) as a first step in earning a PhD in Neuroscience, with a goal of conducting research on the short and long-term health and relationship impact of childhood sexual abuse and trauma.

The Business Forum scholarships help women students prepare for professional, business, or entrepreneurial careers. The scholarship luncheon is open to the public, reservations can be made at

Written by Madison365 staff