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.
Community Action Grants & Awards
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 & Awards 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 2016-2017 Grant Application period is open until Noon on June 17, 2016. Click here for an application.
A partial list of past recipients include CASTLE; Children’s Home Society of Florida; Council on Aging; Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County; HPS — Helping People Succeed, Inc.; M.I.S.S. Sammy’s Landing Housing; SafeSpace, Inc.; United Way of St. Lucie County; and WPSL Christmas Kids.
The Port St. Lucie Business Women annually give out thousands of dollars in scholarships to Indian River State College from money raised in the organization’s spring Luncheon and Fashion Show, assuring the future of dozens of women. The Kay Schaeffer Memorial Scholarship is an annual award of $2,500 for tuition and books to women who plan to attend, or are enrolled at, Indian River State College. The other Port St. Lucie Business Women’s Scholarship is an annual award of $2,500 for tuition and books to a female student who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree.
Grant and scholarship applications will be available in November.
Kay Schaeffer Memorial Scholarship
This consists of two annual scholarships to be used for tuition an books.
The Indian River State College Foundation shall receive the applications for the Kay Schaeffer Memorial Scholarship and select the recipient(s) on behalf of the organization.
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
- Does not qualify for Pell Grant funds.
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.