The Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation has
launched a Tampa Bay chapter, making it the 17th charter chapter for
The ARCS Foundation
is a nonprofit organization founded
in Los Angeles in 1955. This volunteer women's organization is committed
to providing scholarships to academically outstanding U.S.
citizens studying science, medicine and engineering.
Foundation-Tampa Bay launched its chapter with an inaugural luncheon and
fundraiser event called, "Fashion and Fun Down to a
Science." The March 12 event was held at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club
. The goal
was to raise funds to support two $15,000 scholarships that will be
awarded to USF graduate students in the Colleges of Marine Science
and Cancer Biology
USF will select the scholarship award recipients, says Karen
president for ARCS Tampa Bay and executive managing director for eWomen Network
. ARCS Tampa Bay will serve as a
recruitment tool attracting the best and brightest to the Tampa Bay
"That's really what ARCS is really all about, the
recruitment of the best and brightest students," says Krymski.
"Scholarships are awarded to both men and women."
advises that the formation of ARCS Foundation-Tampa Bay was a
collaborative community effort. In addition to Krymski, founding
officers include: Linda Seefeldt, president of AIM Above
vice president and president-elect for ARCS Tampa Bay; Janet Dickinson,
CPA, financial systems consultant at Mills & Murphy Software Systems, Inc
treasurer for ARCS Tampa Bay, and Elaine Bispo Smalling, vice president
of the St.
Petersburg Downtown Partnership
and secretary of ARCS Tampa Bay.
Also instrumental in bringing the organization to Tampa Bay were USF
Genshaft, Peter Betzer,
president and CEO of the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership, Dr. Mya
Breitbart of USF's College of Marine Sciences and Dr. Pamela Miller.
Tampa Bay will be working on more initiatives and will introduce the
community to more activities and events in the fall. "We really want to
encourage like-minded women to be involved in ARCS," says Krymski.
"We're looking for members, people for our steering committees and for
corporations that have an interest in furthering science."
more information about ARCS Tampa Bay, contact Krymski at email@example.com
Writer: Nancy Vaughn
Karen Krymski, ARCS Foundation-Tampa Bay