SCHENECTADY BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S CLUB, INC.
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).
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 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.
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
Christina Meier, Esq.. - Schenectady BPW Scholarship Committee Chair
April Meeting and Program
Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
Nominate our Next Woman of the Year
SAVE THE DATES!!
90th Anniversary Celebration
FASHION SHOW AND WOMAN OF THE YEAR CELEBRATION
Schenectady BPW congratulates our 2016 Women of the Year