Working Mother Receives Prestigious Scholarship

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Antoinette Bing '10 came to Hawk Hill as a woman having already achieved a great deal. As a mother of three and the senior vice president of sales and trading at Philadelphia investment firm BOE Securities, Inc., Bing was proof that a female can excel as a professional and a parent simultaneously. Add "college student" to her impressive list of accomplishments, and you have someone so motivated that she has been recognized by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce as the recipient of the Paradigm Scholarship for Working Women.

Of the 40 women who applied, Bing was among seven women selected to receive the $25,000 shared Paradigm Scholarship, which is specifically awarded to women who work full-time while pursuing higher education. Applicants were evaluated based upon the strength of their academic transcript as well as an essay detailing their professional and personal achievements. Bing received the honor at a luncheon on March 12 at the Philadelphia Marriott.

A native of the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia, Bing currently resides in Lansdowne, Pa. She discovered her calling in the financial industry when she became treasurer of her class at Philadelphia's Central High School. She has since spent seven years working in financial services, five of which have been spent at BOE Securities, Inc.

As a finance major in the University College program, Bing has seized the opportunity to further her education while bringing her own professional experience into the classroom setting. SJU’s University College serves working adult students throughout the Philadelphia area who wish to accelerate their career with an undergraduate degree in over thirty academic areas.

"University College has been very proactive and responsive to my needs," says Bing. "The program presents a new set of challenges every day, which is exactly what I love about the financial industry itself."

Bing is thrilled to join her Saint Joseph's classmates this summer on an accounting and finance study tour that will allow her to meet with senior management at top companies across Germany, France, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. It will be her first time visiting Europe.

"The scholarship is an exciting opportunity that will help me achieve my long term goals," says Bing. "It is a testament to the fact that hard work, determination and building relationships are crucial to success."

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