Established in 1991


The Indiana Women’s Education Foundation (previously known as the Indiana BPW Foundation) was established on March 31, 1991 by the members of the Indiana Federation of Business & Professional Women (INFBPW). Since that time the Foundation has sponsored several activities. They include:

  • The 8th Grade Essay Contest for all Indiana boys and girls. This is sponsored through the Conni Richards Youth Fund.
  • The Reality Store®
  • The Youth of Achievement Award
  • The Conni Richards Golf Classic.
  • The “New Beginnings” program – a weekend conference designed especially for abused women throughout Indiana. This program held workshops on self-esteem, career development, decision-making, career options and opportunities, and mentoring.
  • Each year the Foundation gives Scholarships to women re-entering the workforce, changing careers, employed at least 20 hours per week, displaced workers who have applied to a post-secondary institution, and who meet other qualifications as defined.


    Women In Transition Scholarship (1st - 1995)

    Dr. Bertha Beazley Memorial Endowed Scholarship (est. 1995-1996)

    Working Woman Scholarship (1st - 1995)

    Barbara Mofield Girl Scout Scholarship (est. 2008)

    Lynn Rhoades Memorial Scholarship (est. 2009)

    Special Memorial Scholarship (given in 2003 & 2004)

    Teaching Indiana's Future Scholarship (est. 2011)

    STEM Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (Est. 2017)