The YBPW Centennial Scholarship Fund is an independent 501(c) 3 foundation established by the Youngstown Business & Professional Women and gives a $2,000 scholarship annually. Applicants for the Centennial Scholarship are selected based on essays, references, and the impact the student can make in the Mahoning Valley. Female students residing in Mahoning or Trumbull County, or who are enrolled in any of the accredited colleges or universities in the Trumbull or Mahoning counties, are welcome to apply.

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About Us

Youngstown Business and Professional Women is an organization for all working women in and around the Mahoning Valley.  YBPW has been active since its inception in 1920, making YBPW one of the longest-surviving and thriving organizations in the Mahoning Valley.  In 2021, YBPW decided to honor the club’s 100th anniversary by creating this scholarship.

Our Mission

The purpose of  YBPW Centennial Fund, Inc. is to provide advancement and empowerment to future professional women of the Mahoning Valley through educational opportunities by providing scholarships to qualifying individuals.

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Apply Now

Click the button below and download the application. In this application, you will need to answer questions about yourself, as well as provide references and complete a 350-word essay. All application materials can be mailed or emailed to the address below.


We could not do any of this without you and your support.  We are incredibly thankful for those of you who support us and who continue to support us year over year.  The investment you make in us is an investment in the future of our Valley and you make a difference.

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2023 Cenntennial Scholarship Winner standing with President, Lisa Dixson

2023 winner, Ashley Thompson

2023 winner, Ashley Thompson with our current YBPW CS Board President, Lisa Dickson. (Awarded in May 2023.)

2021 Willow Artherholt

Our inaugural Centennial Scholarship was awarded in August 2021 to Willow Artherholt.  Willow is a Sharpsville, PA, resident and was a YSU senior. 

Contact Us

2022-2025 Board

Lisa Dickson, President

Dee McFarland, Vice President

Janelle Woods, Treasurer

Karen Bovard, Member at Large

LaDonna Thomas, Member at Large