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We are proud to offer two scholarships each year. Our fundraising efforts center around funding these scholarships to ensure that two people from Bedford (Town or County) will benefit from our hard work.

Both of these scholarships require letters of recommendation from several different sources as well as a transcript of grades and test scores. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure to follow all directions and see that letters of recommendation are included in your packet before mailing to our chairperson. Applications will not be accepted after the stated deadlines on the scholarship applications.

The Alice Mahone Scholarship ~Click Here to Apply Online~Deadline: April 7, 2017

The first scholarship is the Alice Mahone Scholarship, a $2000.00 scholarship given to a graduating senior – either male or female – from one of the three Bedford County High Schools. This award is given each year in honor of Alice Mahone, a past president of Bedford BPW and was started by her husband, with the initial scholarship being $100.00.

It is given based on financial need, class rank and extra curricular activities, as well as the desire to further education. High school counselors are given the application information to be distributed or made available to students.

The winner is determined by a group of three BPW members who read over applications, discuss the attributes of the applicants and make a final choice. A member of the committee makes the presentation at the student’s Senior Awards Program at the respective school.

For Alice Mahone Scholarship inquiries, please contact:  Maggie Williamson

BPW takes great pleasure in announcing this year’s Alice Mahone Scholarship recipient, Hannah Burnette!  Scholarship Chair Maggie Williamson presented Burnette with the $2,000.00 scholarship during Senior Awards Night ceremony at Liberty High School on May 18th. Hannah is graduating a year early from Liberty High School and is earning an Advanced Studies diploma with academic high honors. While working hard as a student, Hannah has been active in both National Honor Society and YOVASO (Youth of Virginia Speak Out), an organization of high school students whose goal is to promote traffic safety in teens. She also holds a part-time job at Food Lion. This talented, engaging, compassionate young woman plans to pursue a degree in nursing at Lynchburg College. We congratulate Hannah on her past accomplishments and wish her well in her future pursuits!

The Virginia Ruff Women’s Scholarship ~Click Here to Apply Online~ Deadline: June 30, 2017

The second is The Virginia Ruff Scholarship for Continuing Education which began in the fall of 1999. It is given each year in honor of Virginia Ruff, who was a member of Bedford BPW for more than 50 years at the time of her death in April 2002 at age 94. A graduate of The College of Mary Washington and The College of William and Mary, Miss Ruff dedicated her life to the education of Bedford children through her work as a teacher at the Villamont and Montvale schools, and as librarian at Bedford and Liberty High Schools until her retirement in 1973. This scholarship, in the amount of $1000.00, is intended to provide financial assistance for women seeking necessary education to re-enter the job market, to advance to their present careers, and/or to achieve economic self-sufficiency.

Eligibility Criteria: The applicant must be a woman at least 25 years of age; be a citizen of the United States; be a resident of Bedford Town or County for at least two years; be officially accepted to an accredited program or course of study; demonstrate need for financial assistance to upgrade skills or education.

The chair of this committee sends out the application to many different colleges and trade programs whose students are eligible for the scholarship. A committee of three BPW members make the selection based on the most qualified applicant.

For Virginia Ruff Women’s Scholarship inquiries, please contact:   Karen May


BPW is pleased to announce the 2017 Virginia Ruff Scholarship recipient, Stephanie Elliott of Blue Ridge! Stephanie is attending Jefferson College of Health Sciences pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Psychology.  This $1000 scholarship assists women attempting to further themselves in their work or to become self-sufficient while facing obstacles such as family obligations, financial distress and a tight job market.   We are excited to see what your future holds, Stephanie!

Pictured: Karen May, Stephanie Elliott.

Interesting Facts

  • We come from all levels of the workforce and virtually every occupation!
  • BPW was started by long-time Bedford teacher and librarian, Miss Virginia Ruff.
  • We present over $3000.00 in scholarships each year.

Contact Info

Our Mailing Address:
Diane Wilson, BPW President
P. O. Box 316
Bedford, VA 24523
Phone 540-586-5978
Email tdwil@jetbroadband.com