Organization Commits to Support Scholarships for Bauer College Students
In less than 20 minutes, members of the Federation of Houston Professional Women raised $20,000 to support student scholarships at the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston.
The fundraising came after Dean Latha Ramchand gave a presentation about the college’s goals for the coming five years to the group at their Oct. 22 quarterly meeting. One by one, women from the organization raised their hands or stood to pledge varying levels of support, which collectively will bolster the existing scholarship endowment started by FHPW a decade ago.
“I don’t know if there are words that can sufficiently express how we feel,” Ramchand said to the group after they committed $20,000 of support. “We leave here richer, not only in donations, but perhaps more importantly in the relationships we have developed and strengthened.”
FHPW president Vie Mixon (’94) led the charge, reflecting on the scholarship support she received as a single parent pursuing her bachelor of business administration degree at the University of Houston. After graduating, Mixon was licensed as a CPA and established her own firm.
“Changing women’s lives and their family legacies is a real thing,” Mixon said. “When you have people who are passionate about something, and you put for the time and effort, that passion comes through.”
Mixon has served as president of FHPW for the last year and said that she was committed to ending her term by encouraging members of the organization to add to their endowment. In addition to student scholarship support, FHPW has ties to Bauer College that go back to the late 1970s, when a group of three women began to discuss forming a collective group to bring together all of the women’s organizations in Houston. One of those women was Bette Stead, now a professor emerita at Bauer College, who was at the time teaching a course on women in business administration.
Formed in 1981 with 10 member organizations, the FHPW now includes more than 45 professional women’s groups in its membership roster. The organization serves as a way to connect women in Houston and the surrounding areas, with an emphasis on advancing educational and professional development opportunities.
“We have a passion for education,” Mixon said. “Our mission statement is wrapped around education.”
In 1993, the FHPW formed a sister organization devoted to awarding scholarships and educational grants to women and young girls in the greater Houston area, the Federation of Houston Professional Women Educational Foundation.
By Jessica Navarro