New Scholarship Helps Minority Women Earn a Business Degree

alexandria ibarra

Student in the School of Business’ Temecula Campus is the first recipient

June 6, 2009 -

A School of Business student, who is a real estate agent, loan officer and mentor for at-risk students in Temecula, is the first-ever recipient of a scholarship designed to help minority women earn a degree from one of the University of Redlands’ eight campuses.

Alexandra “Allie” Ibarra was awarded the Kathie J. Rawding Endowed Scholarship in May. The scholarship is earmarked for a current University of Redlands School of Business student who has demonstrated a high potential for success and has evident financial needs.

Ibarra is originally from Jalisco, Mexico. She says her parents immigrated to the U.S. so that she and her siblings could have access to higher education.

The Temecula resident is a real estate agent with Tarbell Realtors and a loan officer with American Way Real Estate. Ibarra often works 50 to 60 hours a week, while also attending classes at the university’s School of Business Temecula campus, where she maintains a 3.7 grade point average.

“Allie has a strong work ethic,” said Sharon Mungo, campus office coordinator for the School of Business Temecula campus. “With her ambition, drive and warm personality, I would expect Allie’s future in the business world to be very bright.”

The recently established scholarship founded by Bruce Rawding honors the life and contributions of his late wife, Kathie J. Rawding, a former university employee, alumnae and entrepreneur who died of brain cancer in 2007 at the age of 47.

Rawding worked at the University of Redlands for 12 years, beginning in 1990 and continuing through 2002. She started as an administrative assistant at the Orange County campus and quickly advanced to the position of enrollment counselor and then assistant dean of admissions. She earned her master’s in business administration (MBA) from the university’s School of Business, graduating in 1993.

Rawding also worked in retail marketing and started Cheesecakes Unlimited, a business that served upscale restaurants and hotels. While working in admissions at the University of Redlands, she enrolled hundreds of working adults into evening and undergraduate and graduate programs in business. In 2002, she became the director of admissions and financial aid at Antioch University’s Culver City Campus.

She was known by family and friends as a person who lived life to the fullest, packing a lot of life into her 47 years. She enjoyed art and painting, opera, movies, skiing, dining out, traveling, and playing board games.

Donations to the Kathie J. Rawding Scholarship can be made by calling the University of Redlands Development Office at 909-748-8050.

The University of Redlands School of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs for working professionals. Degree programs, specifically structured for busy adults, include the MBA, MA, BS, and BA. Students can attend classes in the evening at eight campuses across Southern California.

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