Tampa Bay Business and 
Professional Women

Our Programs

Young Careerist Program

The Virginia Allen Young Careerist Program (YC) was founded in 1964 by BPW National President, Virginia Allen, in order to recognize the professional, personal and political achievements of young professional women and men.

Participants, both BPW and prospective members, compete to represent BPW on the Local and State level by delivering a prepared 4-minute speech, interviewing with judges, and preparing a biographical statement and application.

BPW/FL has a long list of former Young Careerist participants and representatives who, by their participation, have developed a greater sense of self-esteem, and have gone on to more rewarding and fulfilling careers and have demonstrated themselves as outstanding leaders in their communities.

This program recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of young women and men between the ages of 21 and 35 for their endeavors at bettering themselves and others, professionally, personally and politically. The Young Careerist Program is about mentoring and building self-esteem and confidence. It is about giving recognition and acceptance and the celebration to all participants.


For more information on this program, contact

Celia Petters, our Vice President of Programs at cpetters@petters.org.


Tampa Bay BPW Foundation Scholarships


Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization in 1991, Tampa Bay BPW Foundation has awarded over $130,000 to date to deserving students within the Tampa Bay area who have proven financial need and academic achievement.  The scholarships are awarded annually based on monies raised through the Tampa Bay BPW Networking Night event held in January. 

Scholarship applications are accepted annually for consideration and all scholarships are awarded  in January.  Download the current application package or feel free to contact Dolores Strait for more information at dstrait@aol.com.



Educational Foundation of the Florida Federation of BPW

The mission of the Education Foundation of the Florida Federation of Business & Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. is to build at least one scholarship house on the campus of every state university in Florida to provide housing for female college students.

The scholarship houses are more than just homes. Scholarship houses serve as cooperative facilities where young women further their educational goals, share leadership experiences, life skills development and family community.

The Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization under section 501 (3) (c) of the Internal Revenue code so all donations are tax deductible.

Since 1965, the Foundation has built three houses with funds raised almost exclusively within the BPW membership and a fourth is in development in St. Petersburg, Florida. For more information regarding the BPW Scholarship Houses, visit the Foundation website at 

BPW Florida Education Foundation


 Women Joining Forces

More than two million women have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and there are currently 1.8
million women veterans. As part of the ongoing commitment of Business and Professional Women's Foundation to support women veterans, BPW Foundation has conducted research, centralized resources and developed programs to help our 'sheroes' and their families as they transition into civilian professional life.

Women Joining Forces – Closing Ranks, Opening Doors (WJF) provides programming and resources to support women veterans and their families as they return to their civilian lives. WJF also includes the Women Veterans in Transition Research Project, to examine the needs and experiences of women veterans as they enter the civilian workforce.

BPW Foundation invites veterans, soldiers and military spouses to utilize our services, share information and experiences with other women veterans through the Women Joining Forces FB Page.

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