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2021 Scholarship Information

Business and Professional Women/North Sarasota



Business and Professional Women’s began in 1919 and is the oldest women’s advocacy group in the nation.  BPW focuses on educating and supporting working women through workshops, mentorship programs and advocacy for women’s rights. Our Local Organization was chartered in September 1972 in Sarasota, Florida.


Scholarship Application Criteria

Application Deadline:  May 15, 2021


(1)  Applicants must be an African American female senior graduating at the end of the 2020-2021 school year.

(2)  Applicants must complete the application below.

(3)  Applicants must have a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

(4  Applicants must provide three (3) letters of recommendation from non-family members with at least tw0 (2) from your school which may include a teacher, counselor, advisor, coach, etc. and one (1) from a community member.

(5)  Applicants must provide documentation of community and/or volunteer service hours.

(6) Applicants must include an official transcript and mail to Ms. Gwen Sermon, 2517 Browning Street, Sarasota, FL 34237.




SunTrust Bank’s Black Resource Team of the Southwest Florida Diversity Council and Business and Professional Women of North Sarasota (BPW) sponsored a speech competition in recognit