Sedalia Business Women Scholarships

Each year Sedalia Business Women awards scholarships based on financial need and available funds. Applications are on our Resources page and must be returned by the date on the form.

Congratulations to the SBW Scholarship Recipients!


Michele Hotsenpiller has lived in Sedalia for over twenty-five years, is pursuing her Associate of Applied Science Degree in Medical Assisting, and is the mother of a twenty-one-year old son who lives in Kearney, Missouri. Michele has been the secretary of Calvary Episcopal Church in Sedalia for the last fourteen years. She has always had an interest in the medical field and recently decided to return to college to fulfill her desire to work in the medical field. She is looking forward to graduating in May 2022. Michele is honored to receive the SBW scholarship to help her to fulfill her dreams.

Jenna Goff is a the single mother of a ten-year-old daughter, Grace Marie. After a life-changing car accident in 2015, she was forced to give up her seventeen year career as a Missouri State Licensed Dental  Assistant with All Expanded Functions. She was the office manager for seven years at Vanderveen Dental. After that devastating time in her life, she quickly decided she had to return to school, although she had no idea what she wanted to do. Currently, she is pursuing two Associates degrees: an Associate of Arts and an Associated of Applied Science. She should graduate from State Fair Community College in December 2021. Her future plan is to work full time and continue her education. In the future, she plans to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. She loves helping people and feels passionate that the field of Criminal Justice will be a way to help people in need on a daily basis. She appreciates SBW’s help in continuing her education and meeting her goals. The scholarship helps her to show her daughter to never give up no matter what happens—just keep moving forward. The scholarship will ease the stress of bills and working so many hours while trying to maintain great grades. The gift means so much to her. She said, “I thank you all so much, and God Bless each of you.”

Patrice Sims has nine years of experience in the health care field. She worked as a Certified Nurse Aide for eight years and absolutely loved being the front line for bedside care. As a CNA, she has experience in long-term care facilities and hospital settings (med-surg, PCU, ICU, behavioral health). Within the last year, she worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse where she learned to transition to a more critical level of thinking compared to when she worked as a CNA. She has been able to gain experience as a nurse as she transitions into the RN role.

She is currently working to obtain an Associate Degree in Nursing at State Fair Community College. This program allows her to build a foundation in her nursing career, and is a stepping-stone in her education ladder. She will continue her education to receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and later a master’s degree.

Her short-term goal after she obtains her nursing degree is to seek employment in an Intensive Care Unit. While working in the ICU, she plans to continue college courses to obtain a Master of Health Administration degree. Her ultimate long-term goal is to open an Adult Day Care Center and a Long-Term Care Facility for the elderly. She believes her calling is working with the elderly. She takes pride in caring and providing comfort for the elderly as they near the end of life. She appreciates the scholarship.

Prior Scholarship Awards

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