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Scholarship Program

Women Helping Women


The BPW Illinois Educational Foundation (BPWI-EF), with funding from the Illinois Federation of Business Women’s Clubs, Inc., (IFBWC), is committed to providing financial assistance to females in the state of Illinois to further education beyond high school. Both organizations view a lack of education as the primary barrier to self-sufficiency and an improved quality of life. 

Established in 2018, this scholarship program proudly offers financial assistance for students entering or returning to higher education for the 2023-2024 school year.

Applications must be received electronically in PDF format to applications@bpwi-ef.org by March 25, 2023, to be considered. Winners should be notified by April 20, 2023.

RETURNING STUDENTS SCHOLARSHIP

Eligibility criteria for returning students:

1. Applicant must be female, a U.S. citizen, and a resident of the state of Illinois.

2. Applicant must have previous college/university/trade school credit, and be currently accepted by an accredited college, university, or trade school with the intentions of enrolling either part-time or full-time.

3. Applicant must hold a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4-point scale as of the completion of their last semester/term of education.

4. While not a sole determining factor, preference may be given to qualified applicants demonstrating financial need.

Application must include the following:

  • a cover letter requesting consideration of application;
  • a completed application form with all requested information, signatures, and dates;
  • a 200-300 word essay (typed) identifying her career objectives and explaining how she plans to use this scholarship to achieve those objectives. If applicant is enrolled in a Master’s program, her essay should include how this additional education will assist her in the employment world;
  • a higher education transcript that includes all grades received through the final semester attended;
  • two (2) signed letters of recommendation from professional, advisory, or educational references (may include, but not limited to, teachers, coaches, sponsors, mentors, or advisers; avoid personal references like relatives, neighbors, or friends)

INCOMING FRESHMAN SCHOLARSHIP

Eligibility criteria for incoming freshmen:

1. Applicant must be female, a U.S. citizen, and a resident of the state of Illinois.

2. Applicant must be a graduating senior in 2022 or earlier who has been accepted to attend an accredited trade school, college, or university as a full-time incoming freshman for the Fall 2022 semester.

3. Applicant must hold a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4-point scale as of the completion of the Fall 2021 semester.

4. While not a sole determining factor, preference may be given to qualified applicants demonstrating financial need.

Application must include the following:

  • a cover letter requesting consideration of application;
  • a completed application form with all requested information, signatures, and dates;
  • a 200-300 word essay (typed) stating the applicant’s future educational plans and goals, including the profession she hopes to enter and an explanation as to why she has chosen this field of study;
  • a high school transcript that includes all grades received through the Fall 2021 semester;
  • two (2) signed letters of recommendation from professional, advisory, or educational references (may include, but not limited to, teachers, coaches, sponsors, mentors, or advisers; avoid personal references like relatives, neighbors, or friends).


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