Rising Stars Education Scholarship

Meet the 2014 NAPW Rising Stars Education Scholarship Award Recipients


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Impressed, inspired and proud are just a few words the Rising Stars Judging Committee used to describe how they felt reviewing the many amazing applications received for the 2014 NAPW Rising Stars Education Scholarship Program. In a world of uncertainty, it’s truly uplifting and reassuring to meet the next generation of professional women. These young women — daughters of NAPW members — proved to be dynamic, bright, hard-working and passionate about contributing to society in meaningful ways. They aren’t just setting out to earn university degrees; they have strong ambitions to be leaders and game-changers in our society.

Yet again, choosing the winners was no easy task, but there were five young women who stood out as a result of their exemplary academic performance, teacher recommendation, public service, work experience and personal essay.

The scholarship program, open to graduating high school seniors and undergraduate students, awards a total of $15,000 in scholarships, with $5,000 awarded to the First Place Award winner and $2,500 awarded to each of four General Award winners. This outstanding membership benefit, exclusively for the daughters of NAPW members, is dedicated to supporting, enhancing and guiding the careers of young women.

“When it comes to success, the sky’s the limit for our Rising Stars,” said Star Jones, NAPW President and National Spokesperson. “These young women are tomorrow’s leaders, and I am pleased and honored that NAPW is helping advance their educations and careers,” continued Ms. Jones.

Meet the 2014 NAPW Rising Stars Scholarship Program Award recipients:

PennChristine Penn

California State University, Long Beach, Expected Graduation 2015
Daughter of NAPW Member Maureen Penn

“My ultimate goal is to establish, market and perform in my own nonprofit theatre company to help underprivileged children gain confidence and experience success.

My career goals also include joining and networking with organizations to promote and empower women to advance their life passions. I believe that involving myself with organizations, such as the NAPW, will provide a forum for me to inspire those around me and market my dreams.

My love of learning, theatre, helping children and networking with others was apparent in all my actions since I was a young child.

The joy of seeing the success of my actions opened my eyes to how pursuing a degree in Business Marketing and continuing my theatre ambitions could help me attain my vision.”


ThomposnSamantha Thompson

University of North Carolina, Wilmington, Expected Graduation 2014
Daughter of NAPW Member Erika Thompson

“…I do know that I want to be a vital piece in addressing the growing concern for the sustainability and welfare of the natural environment.

From canoeing through the Shenandoah River to exploring the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, I was taught to appreciate more than just differences among people, along with everything natural as well. Because of my upbringing, I have a passion for protecting the environment for the enjoyment of all peoples. Because of my interest in the subject of environmental science, I hope to serve as a role model for future professional women. Like the way my mother’s success and determination has encouraged me to excel, I hope to act as a catalyst for achievement by other women.

Any professional environment that fosters diversity among its team members will stand taller than those that do not capitalize on such a benefit. I believe this to be especially true in the advancement of other professional women’s careers.

Lastly, I one day hope to have a daughter that will witness my success and aim for her own goals as a future professional woman, just as I did by watching my mom.”


KundertKara Kundert

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Expected Graduation 2015
Daughter of NAPW Member Mary Glanville

“The one great love of my life is radio astronomy… something about listening to the universe’s radio show fulfills me in a way that nothing else on Earth can.

My goal is to be able to pursue my passion every day for the rest of my life by becoming a professor. I want to be able to spread my love to future students of astronomy and to inspire young women to follow their dreams to the stars.

Being a woman in the sciences is not as straightforward as knowing the equations. Every aspect of my education seems to carry more weight than it should, as though every test score and every problem is a test of whether or not I am worthy of my field. I am always aware of the fact that the way I present myself and the way I interact with people can carry more weight than my actual knowledge in the field.

I stand on the shoulders of women from all walks of life: friends, scientists, and survivors. I will never be able to fully express my gratitude to those who have held me up. I can only pay it forward myself. When my time comes, I intend to foster the younger women around me every chance I get.

My accomplishments will have no meaning if I fail to do my part to foster scientific growth in young women, to keep them curious and looking towards the sky.”


LideNicole Lide

Texas Tech University, Expected Graduation 2016
Daughter of NAPW Member Anna Lide

“My goal as a professional working woman is to become a licensed architect. My goal is to work and practice in my chosen field of study to help contribute to and grow society.

I chose to study architecture because it is a field that is constantly exploring new possibilities while remaining connected to the past.

I am most inspired to achieve my professional goals by my mother. My mom is the source of my inspiration. She is the smartest and most accomplished person I know. My mom graduated from her undergraduate with a double major in mechanical engineering. Then she became a rocket scientist, helping design the international space station at NASA.

As a truly accomplished woman, my mother is the reason for my goals to do well in school and in my chosen profession.”


VickShannon Vick

Baylor University, Expected Graduation 2017

Daughter of NAPW Member Valeria Collier-Vick

“ … my motivation is becoming clearer; my desire to affect how people in our community live is stronger, and I am no longer naïve about the awesome responsibility I will own to use my influence for good through media.

My career goals at a high level include successfully creating and contributing to marketable films that have a good influence in our culture. Although I hope my work is recognized with awards and accolades someday, my career success will be validated by the future tweets and social media posts about my films made by effected audiences.

One of the main reasons I view my career goals more seriously now is because I met a woman at Baylor University this past year who patiently showed me how little I know while encouraging me to trust my opinions. Dr. Walden has joined my mother as a woman who inspires me to do my very best and strive for excellence in my studies and my career.

My career goals will be refined continuously, but the underlying framework will remain – I want to create film experiences that positively impact the lives of audiences.”


Megan Bozzuto


  1. Nancy Moniodes
    August 25, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    God Bless you ladies and have a great future. pick something you love to do because you will be doing it for a long time.

  2. Debra Clay
    September 10, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Ladies your career goals are very important to your future.Please pray to God anytime you need him in Jesus name.God love you all.I am proud of you all.Have a bless day!!!!!!