PBWC’s Academic Scholarship Program provides young women leaders with funds to help cover the costs of their undergraduate studies.


Applicants must meet the following requirements to apply for a PBWC Scholarship:

  • Identify as female
  • Current high school senior
  • California resident

Scoring & Selection Process

PBWC’s Scholarship Committee includes PBWC Board Members and community volunteers who review hundreds of applications annually.

A complete scholarship application consists of:

  • A completed application form,
  • a 500-word personal essay, and
  • three letters of reference (two academic and one non-academic)

All application materials must be submitted by the January 28, 2022 deadline noted on PBWC’s website and scholarship application materials. No deadline exceptions will be granted.

Scoring for PBWC’s Scholarship Program includes multiple rounds of review. Each application is carefully reviewed by teams of Scholarship Committee members. Applicants are weighted and ranked through demonstrations of excellence in leadership and community building, notable or unique academic or work achievements, personal story and goals, and letters of recommendation.

The number of scholarships granted is dependent on the funds available as the result of program donations each year.

Awards & Disbursement Policy

Scholarship award recipients must provide a headshot, short biography, video, etc. to promote the Scholarship Program and each awardee. Award recipients will be acknowledged on PBWC’s website, https://pbwc.org, and during PBWC’s Annual Conference. Each winner will receive a ticket to PBWC’s Annual Conference.

Scholarship Program awards will be sent directly to an accredited college or university where the awardee is enrolled in an undergraduate academic program, and awards must be used to cover tuition or room and board costs. Scholars must provide proof of enrollment along with disbursement instructions from the school’s finance office.

The Scholarship Committee may decide to grant Book Scholarships, in which case funds must be used to purchase books. Once a Book Scholarship recipient provides proof of enrollment to an accredited college or university where the awardee is enrolled in an undergraduate academic program, funds will be mailed via check directly to the scholar.

All scholarship award funds must be disbursed in full in the same year that the award is granted.

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