Dedicated to community service and the elevation of standards for women in business and their professions
The Woodstock Professional and Business Women have been an active part of the community since 1931. This dynamic group of women has been involved in numerous community projects, along with giving businesswomen in the community a forum for support and education. In 1976, after several years of fundraising, the group, spearheaded by Frances Kuhn, built a replica of the original 1873 Springhouse in the Woodstock Square. The group honored its first Woman of the Year recipient in 1975. Each year the Frances Kuhn Scholarships (named after the late Mayor and former member) are given to women who reside in school district 200 and are returning to school for a degree or to learn additional skills. As a supporter of the annual Christmas Clearing House, the WPBW volunteers to pack bags along with making a substantial cash donation. The Angela Burden Award, named for another former member in her memory, is to an organization or business in Woodstock that exemplifies Angie’s spirit – love of community and generosity of heart. Funds are raised through the annual Woodstock Autumn Art Tour.
Frances Kuhn Scholarship
The Frances Kuhn Scholarship is awarded to women from the community, over the age of 22, who have expressed a desire to return to school in order to begin or further their careers in the business or professional fields.
1. You must be 22 years of age or older
2. You must live within the School District 200 boundaries in Woodstock
The scholarship may be used for tuition, books, or other expenses related to your ongoing education. Award monies provide up to $1000 to the recipient.
The woman receiving the scholarships will be guests at the May WPBW meeting to receive their scholarship funds. They will also be awarded honorary membership to WPBW for the current membership year. Past winners of the scholarship are welcome to help at the Autumn Art Tour and Poinsettia Sale Day to assist in providing this scholarship for other worthy students in future years.
Best of luck to all those who apply.
2023 Scholarship Award Winners:
From left to right: Annette Jablonski, Scholarship Chairwoman Sandra Pierce, Cynthia Pelayo, and Carmen Martin. Well deserved, ladies!
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