Connie Passmore Scholarship

The Connie Passmore Scholarship was established by the Mid-Day Chapter of Business & Professional Women (BPW), now known as BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas, to honor one of its long-time members. Mrs. Passmore, who was a Florida Power employee, devoted many hours and much effort to advance the ideals and causes of BPW. She served as President of this chapter as well as holding several District and State positions. Her special interest was the Equal Rights Amendment and she carried on a vigorous campaign in support of its passage.

The Passmore Scholarship makes awards directly to women, age 21 or over, who live, work or go to school in Pinellas County, who demonstrate achievement, need and well-defined educational goals and who are attending an accredited program or a program recognized by the licensing agency in the certification area. Several awards between $250 and $1,000 are made each year. The Scholarship Committee is composed of the organization’s current and past presidents who are active members.

The application deadline is October 15 and all completed forms should be mailed to BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas, P. O. Box 1063, St. Petersburg, FL 33731-1063 OR emailed to, so as to be received by the deadline. Checks will be distributed in December. Applications for certificate programs allow for non-traditional start times.

BPW hosts events each year to raise funds for these awards. Since 1993, we have awarded nearly $53,000 to more than 100 students.

Three $1,000 scholarships were awarded in 2017 to: Jill Armstrong, who is studying for a BA at St. Petersburg College, Rosemary Harris, who is studying at USF to secure mental health counseling certification, and Christine Hatziminadakis, who is studying for her AA at St. Petersburg College.  Pictured below are (L to R): scholarship recipient Jill Armstrong, President Liz Illgen, scholarship recipient Rosemary Harris and Scholarship Committee Chair Sheila Barry-Oliver.

Revised July 2018

Click here for the 2018 Connie Passmore Scholarship Application.