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 2019-2020 Grant Application period will open in May 2019 and are due by June 14, 2019.  Please check back here for an application or email grants@pslbw.com with any questions.  A partial list of past recipients includes 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. Members: Click here for a Sponsorship Recommendation Form

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.

Community Action Grants
Back row: Tammy Crandall, Jessica Parrish; Krista Garafolo, Stacy Malinowski, Vickie Colter, Anthony Bonna
Front row: Maygan Johnson, Judi Scarborough, Evelyn Vazquez, Stefanie Myers

Kay Schaeffer Memorial Baccalaureate Scholarship
Michelle Campagnola, Amanda McKenna, Tammy Crandell, and Julia Keenan

PSLBW Scholarship winner 2018
Amanda McKenna, Julia Keenan, Tabitha Crowe (Not present was Marisol Aquilar, recipient of the PSLBW/Kay Schaeffer memorial High School Award.)


Scholarship Committee Chair
Pam Houghton and scholarship recipient
Jamie Malone


Scholarship Winner
Nicolette Collura
with Scholarship Chair Pam Houghten

Seminar Committee
Back row: Bobbie Deemer, Karen Ostrand,
Dorothy Kamm, Susan Fines, Michelle MacNichol, Lori Coyle, Robbi Giaccone, Robin Delgado;
Front row: Seminar co-chairs Danielle Wymer
and Kathy Post