Brevard Federated Republican Women

The Brevard Federated Republican Women have established a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 in honor of long time member and former BFRW Legislative Chairwoman Lillian Banks.

Any female or male high school student who is a registered Republican is eligible to apply; applications are submitted to the BFRW Board by for review and selection of the recipient.  A copy of the voter registration card must be provided with the application. Preferably, the candidate is a resident of Brevard County. However, this requirement may be waived at the discretion of the BFRW board members. Applicants must be enrolled in either an Associate or Baccalaureate Degree program at an accredited educational institution. Proof of enrollment must be provided.

Each potential recipient must complete the official application form. The application form is available on the official BFRW website, An official copy of the most recent high school/college transcript must be presented in a sealed envelope from the issuing agency. The grade point average and scale should be clearly indicated on the transcript.

Three letters of recommendation including the name, address, and phone number for the author of each letter are required. (At least one letter should come from a representative of the applicant’s high school/college, or the agency issuing the transcript. One letter should come from an agency/organization where the applicant has performed volunteer/community service, been a volunteer in a political campaign/election, or been actively involved in the legislative process. It is highly  suggested that a record be kept of volunteer service and the supervisor in order to facilitate meeting this requirement.)

A one-page, typed essay written by the applicant stating the reason the applicant wishes to be considered for this scholarship and his/her career goals should also be included.

2023 BFRW Scholarships

​Established to support young people that choose to go to a trade school after high school.​

The Brevard Federated Republican Women have established four scholarships each in the amount of $1,000 for high school seniors and college freshmen:   Barbara Davis Scholarship; Lillian Banks Scholarship; and BFRW Trade School Scholarship.  All Brevard students who are United States citizens, and registered Republicans are eligible to apply.

For more information contact the, Dr. Dixie Riepl, Scholarship Chair at or phone at 281-740-3080.  Scholarship Applications and details can be found on the BFRW website by visiting www.brevard   Deadline to apply is April 19, 2024 at 5:00 PM.

The Brevard Federated Republican Women was established in 1950 to educate our members on the political process and current issues, assist in electing qualified Republicans to office and promote republican initiatives.

The BFRW a member of the Florida Federation of Republican Women and the National Federation of Republican Women which are powerful networks of women who produce results in elections and are committed to advancing the participation of Republican women of all ages and backgrounds in the political systems.   Monthly meetings are held the 1st Wednesday or each month at the Space Coast Convention Center located at 301 Tucker Lane, Cocoa, FL.  Any further questions please contact Jill Gentis, President of BFRW at 773-896-8616.

The Brevard Federated Republican Women [BFRW] have established the Barbara Davis Memorial Leadership Scholarship, in the amount of $1,000, for high school seniors and college freshmen.  Either female or male students, who are U. S. Citizens, are eligible to apply. The Scholarship is in honor and memory of Barbara Davis, treasurer and past president of the BFRW, who went to be with the Lord in November 2018.

Barbara and husband, Richard, moved to Brevard County, from the Buffalo New York area, in 1999, having become acquainted with the area while spending summers, on their boat, in Indian Harbour Beach. While in New York, Barbara became Vice President of a road and bridge Contracting Corporation.

After Richard passed away in the early 2000’s, Barbara became involved in local activities.  She was an avid tennis player and achieved captain of women’s tennis teams, scheduling games on courts throughout Brevard.

Barbara became acquainted with the BFRW organization after attending a forum for Republican candidates, for the U. S. Senate, which the BFRW sponsored.  

After joining the BFRW, her interest and enthusiasm for Republican politics enhanced, and she became involved in Club activities.  Because of her accounting skills, she was elected Treasurer and then Club President.  When her term as President ended, she was elected as Chairperson of the Brevard County Executive Committee [BREC], and was active as Vice Chairman of the Chairman’s Caucus of the Republican Party of Florida.  She was re-elected as BFRW Club treasurer while serving as BREC Chairperson until 2016.

Barbara was an enthusiastic Republican woman, a staunch supporter of the BFRW efforts to honor the Veterans and Military, and a strong proponent of its scholarships for students.