The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia (the Chamber) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Paradigm Scholarship for Working Women.

“Congratulations to the scholarship recipients being honored for their hard work, talent, and dedication,” said the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, President and CEO, Rob Wonderling. “We salute you!”

The recipient of the Paradigm Award, Jami Wintz McKeon, presented the scholarships, which awards up to $5,000 for women in the region who wish to complete their undergraduate degrees while working full-time for Chamber member companies. The scholarship can be used within a two-year period for tuition and/or books. The scholarships are made possible through the generosity and support of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP and many other corporations and individuals.

The recipients of the 2019 Paradigm Scholarship for Working Women are:

Shereena Carson
Mercy Philadelphia Hospital
Strayer University

“The Paradigm Scholarship will help me further my education. I would love to move up in my current company. A degree will help improve my chances.”

India Dallas
Independence Blue Cross
Rosemont College

“By receiving this scholarship it will help me better myself so I can then help others.”

Sarah Decker
TD Bank
Rutgers University

“The Paradigm Scholarship will afford me the opportunity to complete my classes at Rutgers University at an accelerated rate. Completing my degree early will propel my ability to utilize and spread the knowledge I gain as an asset to TD Bank, my community, my Corps, and my country.”

Rhoda Douglas
Independence Blue Cross
Peirce College

“Receiving this scholarship gives me the encouragement to believe in myself, to keep pushing myself to be my best, and know that I can be proud of my hard work and dedication towards my academic and career success.”

Alicia Fife
Independence Blue Cross
Rosemont College

“Career growth and personal development requires self-investment. The Paradigm Scholarship for Working Women will help me to further align my educational journey in pursuit to obtain my bachelor’s degree.”

Shawna Moses
Nazareth Hospital (Mercy Health System)
Gwynedd Mercy University

“The Paradigm Scholarship for Working Women will help provide me the opportunity to finish my degree with the hopes of continuing my studies further, as well as provide me the ability to seek further career ambitions.”

Ana Cristina Pichardo
Temple University Hospital
La Salle University

“Being a recipient of the Paradigm Scholarship for Working Women is an immense honor. One of my biggest fears was not being able to pay for school on my own and subsequently not being able to complete my dream of becoming a Nurse Practitioner. ‘Nunca te des par vencida’ ‘Never give up!’ is what resonates within me to keep going. With this scholarship, I will continue to strive and work hard to have a degree in Nursing, so I can continue working and helping underserved communities.”

Sotonius Quinn
Harcum College

“The Paradigm Scholarship for Working Women will help ease the financial burden of furthering my education and getting my degree. It also makes it easier for me to concentrate on my studies and not have to worry as much about how I will somehow get both myself and my daughter through college at the same time. My daughter is currently a junior in college, we are on this journey together and this scholarship is surely a blessing and eases some of the burden.”

Rashean Ramsue
AmeriHealth Caritas
Peirce College

“Being awarded the Paradigm Scholarship affords me the opportunity to obtain the degree necessary to ascend the corporate ladder, without the added financial pressure brought on by the rising cost of tuition. Moreover, it allows me to live my core values and fulfill my passion to continue to advocate for and serve the underserved.”

Chevonne Tingle
Mazzoni Center
Delaware County Community College

“It allows me the financial freedom to focus on obtaining my Nursing Doctorate.”

Jami Wintz McKeon was also honored at the Paradigm Awards Luncheon as this year’s Paradigm Award recipient, the region’s most prestigious award for businesswomen.

“I am incredibly honored to receive this award, and grateful to be included in the company of the impressive women who are past Paradigm Award recipients,” said Ms. McKeon.

This award has been given annually since 1992, Ms. McKeon being the 27th Paradigm honoree. She is joining a distinguished field of past recipients that includes Wendy Hamilton, former General Manager, SugarHouse Casino; Teresa Bryce Bazemore, President, Radian Guaranty, Inc.; Emily Bittenbender of Bittenbender Construction LP; Sue Schick of UnitedHealthcare; Mary Stengel Austen of Tierney; Renee Amoore of The Amoore Group; and Judith von Seldeneck of Diversified Search Companies.

Media Contact: Sydney Stressman,, (215) 790-3607