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Tue Mar 27 @ 5:30PM - 08:00PM
March Business Meeting and Program
Tue Apr 03 @ 5:30PM - 07:00PM
Board Meeting
Tue Apr 24 @ 5:30PM - 08:00PM
April Business Meeting and Program
Tue May 01 @ 5:30PM - 07:00PM
Board Meeting
Tue Jun 05 @ 5:30PM - 07:00PM
Board Meeting


2018 Scholarship Information and Instructions
2018 Scholarship Application 
   2018 Scholarship Checklist
   Sample Essay for Scholarship

Scholarship Flyer 2018

Scholarship Committee Members Contacrt Information



2017 Scholarship Award Recipients

Schenectady Hiqh School
Grace Canty

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake HiqhSchool
Carly Deleonardo

Schalmont  Hiqh School
Madeline Dunn

Scotia-Glenville  Hiqh School
Elizabeth Esker

Niskayuna  Hiqh School
Lindsay Anne Thornton



Schenectady Business and Professional Women’s Club, Inc. (BPW), is offering educational/financial scholarships for women residing in Schenectady County for the 2017-18 academic years.  The number of scholarships and the value of each award vary from year to year; however, scholarships typically range from $500 to $2,000. The scholarships available include: 1) The Catherine H. Raycroft Scholarship – up to $2,000 and open to women over the age of 25 who are returning to school; and 2) The Aldona Vaitulis Scholarship – up to $1,500 and open to high school girls entering college (two or four year programs).                                                                                                                   

Applications are available on the BPW web site under “Scholarship” tab at , or you may contact Christina W.  Meier, Esq., Scholarship Chair, at 313-7809 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The deadline for submitting an application is Sunday, April 24, 2017—postmark.


The money for these scholarships is raised at our Annual Fashion Show and Woman of the Year celebration. 
The 2017 event is scheduled for Sunday, November 5, 2017.


The Catherine H. Raycroft Scholarship Award originated in 2009. This scholarship is awarded to a woman, in Schenectady County, who has interrupted her college/or professional training and is returning to formal training.

Cay Raycroft was an honor student who enjoyed sports, choir and drama.  She grew up in Ohio and was the national president of Baptist Youth Fellowship. A graduate of Chicago’s Baptist Women College, she received her MSS from the Bryn Mawr School of Social Work. She has been married to David Raycroft for 53 years; they have two children and two grandchildren. Cay was director of education at a church in Delmar, MO, executive director of the Philadelphia YWCA, and active in community development around the world. She reorganized services at the Charlton School for Girls.

Her major contribution in Schenectady was with the Human Services Planning Council, Inc., where she worked for twenty years ,and where Cay and her staff helped Schenectady County develop the County Public Health Department, Youth Board, Office for the Aging, battered women’s shelter, housing projects and criminal justice program—all highly successful entities today. She has been honored by countless organizations for her service on many boards and task forces. Cay Raycroft has been an active professional humanitarian and advocate for human rights her entire life. She is the living embodiment of a good life well and faithfully lived.  

BPW Efforts
Cay began as Legislative Chair since she joined BPW in 1974. She became President in 1983-85. She was
District Director and Member of the BPW/NYS Board from 1987 to 1989 and state officer in 1989 and State President in 1992-1993. She was a member of BPW/USA National Board when she was president of BPW/NYS, and also served on the BPW/USA Membership Committee. She was the editor of NIKE, the NY State BPW magazine.
We thank you, Cay!


The ALDONA VAITULIS Memorial Scholarship  Aldona Vaitulis was the quintessential teacher – she knew her subject (mathematics) perfectly.  She respected and encouraged her students, and she gave each one her all.

Aldona was an active member of Schenectady BPW for many years.  She joined the club in 1991 and served on many committees, including the Scholarship Committee right up until last year.

To associate Aldona with the scholarship in her honor is so appropriate because the first time we named a scholarship for one of our members, we was honoring Cay Raycroft – these two women were always so supportive of women and girls
attaining their full potential and furthering their educational endeavors.



Scholarship Committee

    Christina Meier, Esq.. - Schenectady BPW Scholarship Committee Chair
Committee Members: Carol Pallas, Ed.D, Linda Rolfe, Martha Asselin, Kate Toombs and Lori Reffue




Malrch Meeting
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
De-Stress for Success

Presented by: Katheen McDermott
Certified Stress Management and Life Coach
The Glen Sanders Mansion
1 Glen Ave. Scotia,  NY 12302
Price $33.00 Member    
$36.00 Non-Member
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM      
To make a reservation email Robin Quintin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 518-331-9064.
Please Click on the Calendar for more detailed information.


Schenectady BPW is looking for their next Womanof the Year!
Nominate a deserving woman today!!  Click here for more information.

We have scheduled our 2018 Scholarship Fundraiser
Sunday, November 4th, 2018
Doors open at 10:30am  -  3:00 pm
Glen Sanders Mansion, 1 Glen Ave, Scotia, NY  12302
visit our Fashion Show Page to support our event and for more information.

Schenectady BPW congratulates our 2017 Women of the Year
This year's Woman of the Year Celebration was held on Sunday, November 5th, 2017 at The Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia, NY. This year we  honored Madelyn Thorne, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity, Schenectady County and Sherain Rivera, Founder/President Raindrops Closet.   Please join us in congratulating Madeline and Sherain for all that they do to make our community a better place.
Read our Women of the Year Bios by visiting our events tab, under Woman of the Yea


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