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Marjorie M. Shostak Scholarship Award

Women in International Trade Los Angeles, (WIT-LA), a California non-profit organization, founded in 1985 by professional women in international trade and recipient of the 2015 World Trade Week Bob Kleist Leadership Award, is now accepting applications for the Marjorie M. Shostak Scholarship Award. The Marjorie M. Shostak fund was established in November of 1995 to encourage women and men to pursue an education in the international field. The winner will be chosen by the WIT-LA Scholarship Committee and will receive a one-time award of $1,500. The award will be made directly to the recipient, who is expected to apply the funds toward educational related expenses, such as tuition, books, study abroad program or international trade related seminars/workshops.

Please send your application form together with all other requested materials to: Women in International Trade – LA, Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 45802, Los Angeles, CA 90045-0802. The deadline for the application is October 30, 2015. Mailed applications must be postmarked by this date. The award will be presented to the scholarship recipient in person at the Annual WIT-mas Holiday Charity Benefit on December 9, 2015.

AMarjorie M. Shostak was the senior member of the law firm of Stein Shostak Shostak & O'Hara, which specializes in U.S. Customs and International Trade Law. Ms. Shostak was an active practitioner before the U.S. Court of International Trade and its predecessor, the U.S. Customs Court. She represented clients in classification, valuation and penalty matters before the U.S. Customs Service in Washington D.C. and its Field offices. In 1980, Ms. Shostak was appointed by the U.S. Trade Representative and U.S. Secretary of Commerce, to serve as a technical member of the Industrial Functional Advisory Committee on U.S. Customs matters.

Ms. Shostak was the first woman to serve (from 1956-1962) as an officer and Director of the Foreign Trade Association of Southern California, on which half of the Board members are now women; the first woman recipient (in 1962) of prestigious Stanley T. Olafson Bronze Plaque Award, the highest honor in the Southern California international trade community, which is awarded the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce annually during World Trade Week and the first woman to serve as General Chairman of World Trade Week (in 1972). Ms. Shostak was the first recipient of the Foreign Trade Association's Distinguished Service Award, now named after her.

Past Recipients

2014 Alina Tang USC
2013 Deshani Senewiratne UC Irvine
2012 Elana Gurney UCLA
2011 Monica Viera CSU Long Beach
2010 Karine Panosian California State University, Northridge
2009 Suzanne Smith UCLA
2008 Farzana Khanam California State University, Long Beach
2007 Roya Ladan California State University, Long Beach
2006 Megan Lysaght California Lutheran University
2005 Allison Burtch University of California, Santa Barbara
2005 Allison Dees Pepperdine
2004 Christina Robertson CSU Long Beach
2003 Christine Martell Claremont McKenna
2002 Annette Margery Payne Pepperdine
2001 Jonathan Hurst UCLA