Events and Programs

Community Action & Grants
Every year the Port St. Lucie Business Women awards thousands of dollars in grants from money raised in the organization’s annual spring Fashion Show. The Community Action & Grants Committee of the Port St. Lucie Business Women is charged with the responsibility to consider projects in which to recommend providing financial grants. In keeping with the mission of the Port St. Lucie Business Women, all projects chosen must have a primary focus on programs benefiting women or children.

Our 2018-2019 Grant Application period will open in May 2018.  Please check back here for an application or email grants@pslbw.com with any questions. 

A partial list of past recipients include CASTLE; Children’s Home Society of Florida; Council on Aging; Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County; Inner Truth Project.; Sarah’s Kitchen; SafeSpace, Inc.; United Way of St. Lucie County; HANDS of St. Lucie County and WPSL Christmas Kids.


Scholarships
The Port St. Lucie Business Women annually give out thousands of dollars in scholarships through Indian River State College from money raised in the organization’s spring Luncheon and Fashion Show, assuring the future of dozens of women.  Scholarship applications will be available each November through IRSC.  For more information: email scholarships@pslbw.com.

Kay Schaeffer Memorial Scholarship
This consists of two annual scholarships of up to $2,500 each to be used for tuition and books. Applications are accepted by the IRSC Foundation and awarded by the Port St. Lucie Business Women.

The eligibility criteria for the first Scholarship is as follows:

  • Female Student.
  • Recent high school graduate or GED recipient.
  • Resident of St. Lucie County.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 high school and/or college.
  • Limited opportunity for other scholarship funds.
  • Planning to attend or currently enrolled (full or part time) at Indian River State College.

The eligibility criteria for the second Scholarship is as follows:

  • Female student.
  • Resident of St. Lucie County.
  • Planning to attend or currently enrolled (full or part time) in the Indian River State College in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree
  • Does not qualify for Pell Grant funds.

Port St. Lucie Business Women’s Scholarship
This consists of an annual scholarship of up to $2,500 each to be used for tuition and books. Applications are accepted by the IRSC Foundation and awarded by the Port St. Lucie Business Women.

The eligibility criteria for the Scholarship is as follows:

  • Female student.
  • Resident of St. Lucie County.
  • Attending Indian River State College and enrolled in their Bachelor’s Degree program or graduations from IRSC and transferring to another university.
  • Not eligible for financial aid

Strelsa Schreiber Professional Development Fund
The Strelsa Schreiber Professional Development Fund is a scholarship for members of the Port St. Lucie Business Women. Members who want to enhance their professional knowledge or expertise by taking classes or by attending lectures, seminars, or conventions, may apply.  Members should submit a completed application to the Scholarship Chair.


Seminars
Beginning in 1982 the group has conducted seminars that address the concerns of business women and offer learning opportunities. This is one way that the Port St. Lucie Business Women have reinvested in our community by bringing nationally renowned speakers who offer their insight and expertise. Past keynote speakers have included Catherine Crier, an ABC “20/20” commentator; Dr. Sonya Friedman, host of a CNN daily talk show; and Cathy Rigby, Olympic Gold Gymnast. In 2014 the Business Women offered the life-changing seminar “Hard Won Wisdom: Trailblazers and Groundbreakers,” featuring Fawn Germer, best-selling Oprah-featured author, speaker and business consultant as the keynote speaker.

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