P.O. Box 502, Centralia, IL 62801 centraliabpw26@gmail.com


IFBW and Centralia BPW is committed to education, personal and professional growth, and advocating for equity and economic self-sufficiency for all women. IFBW views lack of education as the primary barrier for economic self-sufficiency. As a result of this commitment to education, you will find that at both the state and local levels clubs raise money and award scholarships.

In addition to awarding scholarships to area students, Centralia BPW is dedicated to advocating for professional and personal growth, equity, and economic self-sufficiency for its members. We do this through offering networking opportunities with other members, informational and educational programs offered throughout the year by members and other experts, and offering relevant programs to current members that include activities such as resume’ building, social media marketing, & negotiation skills.

Centralia BPW offers several scholarships each year:

  • High school graduates
  • Upperclassmen whom have already begun college level course
  • Over 25

Applications for these scholarships are made available to Centralia High School and Christ Our Rock Lutheran High School students. As well as in the financial aid office at Kaskaskia College and uploaded to the BPW website.  

The Celia M. Howard Fellowship was established in 1948 with the purpose of giving financial assistance in order to train well-qualified, mature Illinois women for study in the field of diplomacy. This Fellowship has since been expanded to include study in International Management, Law, and Administration Justice.

Fellowships are offered annually, the total amount and number of awards vary year to year. The amount of individual awards varies based upon tuition and need. The warded monies are paid directly to the schools the awardees are attending.

Eligible Schools Include:

  • Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Medford, MA
    • Master of Arts and Diplomacy
  • The American Graduate School of International Management, Glendale, AZ
    • Master of International Management
  • University of Illinois College of Law, Urbana, IL
    • Juris Doctor
  • Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
    • Master of Public Administration

In addition to the Celia M. Howard Fellowship IFBW organized a 501 (c) 3 foundation in 2000, the BPW Illinois Educational Foundation. This foundation gives IFBW the capability to provide benefits for our members. The purpose of this corporation will be to exclusively promote and foster charitable, education, and scientific purposes and/or activities. IFWB will be able to provide education and training in the form of workshops, speakers, and classes for self improvement to assist individuals in obtaining enhanced employment and employment opportunities, including but not limited to the provision of college and post-graduate scholarships to qualified working women.