Meghan Gilmore of Asheville, N.C., and Jennifer Stoltzfus of Sarasota have been selected to receive Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Women of Distinction scholarships. Proceeds from the 21st Women of Distinction luncheon Feb. 22, which will honor Joyce Licht Sang and Sally Ross Soter, provide scholarships for outstanding female students at Palm Beach Atlantic.
The students, who were selected based on their academic achievements and community involvement, will deliver the welcome and invocation at the event held at The Breakers, Palm Beach.
Cross-country athlete Meghan Gilmore runs nearly 80 miles in one week. In her junior year, Gilmore captured first place in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Women's Cross Country National Championship. True to her nickname, Lightning, she finished the 5,000 meter championship course in 17:33 minutes - the seventh fastest time in course history. That same year, Gilmore became PBA's first NCAA All-American in women's cross-country after finishing in 10th place on a snowy course at the NCAA Division II National Championship in Louisville, Ky.
As the only senior on the PBA cross-country team, she serves as a captain, role model and mentor to her teammates. In addition to running, Gilmore keeps herself busy with 16 credit hours and a 35-hour workweek. She is a work-study student in PBA’s English department, a reporter for the student newspaper and an employee of Field of Greens and Run and Roll.
Gilmore finds the greatest reward in her volunteer work. She volunteers for a number of school and community organizations, including The Ascent in CityPlace where she has served as a preschool Sunday school teacher for the past two years. This spring, she will graduate with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. Gilmore has set her sights on a career in news media where she can influence the world from a Christian perspective.
Student leader Jennifer Stoltzfus founded a ministry for female students called The Roots, which allows young women to join small accountability groups designed to encourage them to draw closer to Christ.
In May, Stoltzfus will be graduating with a major in Biblical and theological studies and a minor in communication. After graduation, she plans to participate in a short-term mission trip to Africa. A member of the School of Ministry Traveling Team, Stoltzfus has led a PBA mission trip to Rio, Brazil, and participated in a mission trip to Asia. As an apprentice to Campus Pastor Bernie Cueto, she has helped plan the annual Christival and Women's Conference events and disciple female students on campus.
During her summer breaks, Stoltzfus served as a camp counselor at WinShape Camps, a youth intern for First Baptist Church in Norfolk, Va., and an intern with LifeWay Christian Resources. She led a small group and breakout session at a Disciple Now event held in Virginia and organized a group of student volunteers for a Disciple Now event at her home church in Sarasota.
Stoltzfus is a member of PBA’s Ministry Honor Society and has received the Rothschild Award for Outstanding Freshman Leader for her service and involvement with the University’s Impact Leadership Team. She also has served as a work-study student with the Admissions Office for more than three years. After Stoltzfus returns from her mission trip this summer, she plans to stay in West Palm Beach to continue investing in her ministry, writing Bible studies and teaching women.