The American Business Women’s Association Homestead Charter Chapter has announced the recipients of the 2014 Homestead Chapter Scholarships. Scholarships have been awarded to two outstanding local women — Mallory Sekel and Jemma Lopez.
Sekel is a senior attending Stetson University, pursuing a Bachelor of Music and a master’s in Business Administration. She is involved in two choirs, has participated in the Stetson Opera Theatre as the stage manager and is a member of prestigious academic honor and leadership societies, Phi Eta Sigma and Omicron Delta Kappa.
Along with several students, Sekel has organized a service project called the “GreenMob” which aims to support local businesses while encouraging them to become more environmentally sustainable.
Lopez is a senior attending Florida International University, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies followed by entry into the doctorate program for Physical Therapy.
Practicing for the past 20 years as a licensed physical therapist in the state of Florida, Lopez was inspired to return to school while at a Sunday church service viewing footage of UM medical professionals tending to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.
Her goal is to use her skills as a physical therapist now focusing on fieldwork, helping those in need who do not readily have the means available. Lopez is a wife and a mother to three young girls.