Women Leaders in College Sports Scholarships

Women Leaders in College Sports is fortunate and thankful for supporters who help us continue to provide educational and professional development opportunities for women in intercollegiate athletics. Contributions made to the Women Leaders in College Sports Foundation Fund provide our members with financial assistance to the Institutes for Administrative Advancement, Leadership Enhancement Institute and Executive Institutes, and National Convention. 

In 2016, a total of 70 Women Leaders in College Sports scholarships were awarded to members.

Women Leaders in College Sports National Convention Scholarship Opportunities

General Registration Scholarships - CLOSED for 2017

Women Leaders in College Sports National Convention scholarships will be awarded to current Women Leaders members who demonstrate a need for financial assistance. Applicants must complete an application form, which includes submission of a brief essay (500 words or less) and one reference in order to be considered. Ten (10) woman will be selected each year.

Scholarship includes: national convention registration ($450 value).

Women of Color Registration Scholarships - CLOSED for 2017

As part of the NCAA/Women Leaders in College Sports Women of Color Initiative that works to address the needs and barriers women of color experience in relation to access, advancement and retention in collegiate athletics, Women Leaders in College Sports is pleased to offer scholarships to minority women currently active in the Women of Color Initiative who demonstrate a need for financial assistance.

Applicants must complete an application form, which includes submission of a brief essay (500 words or less) and one reference in order to be considered. Ten (10) woman will be selected each year with preference given to members currently active in the Women of Color Initiative.

Scholarship includes: national convention registration ($450 value).

HBCU Scholarship Program - CLOSED for 2017

As part of the Women Leaders in College Sports Women of Color Initiative - which addresses the needs and barriers women of color experience in relation to access, advancement, and retention in collegiate athletics - Women Leaders is offering three scholarships for women who are employed at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Each scholarship will include a one year membership for Women Leaders in College Sports, and one registration and accompanying travel cost to the 2017 Women Leaders Convention in Dallas, for up to $1,500 each.

Women Leaders in College Sports HBCU scholarship will be awarded to women employed at an HBCU institution, work in the department of athletics,  and demonstrate a need for financial assistance. Applicants must complete and application form, which includes submission of a brief essay (500 words or less) and one reference in order to be considered. Three women will be selected each year.

The Chris Voelz "Cha-Ching" Fundraising Scholarship - CLOSED for 2017

This scholarship, honoring the legacy and work of Chris Voelz will be presented to a Women Leaders in College Sports member currently working in intercollegiate athletics development, in any division, with the intention of advancing her career further within the fundraising and development arena. A Women Leaders in College Sports Past President, former board member, persuasive auctioneer, and an extremely successful fundraiser during her tenure at the University of Minnesota, Voelz currently serves the industry as the Executive Director of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards – the most prestigious national collegiate sports awards program for women – and consults as a leadership gifts officer at the Women’s Sports Foundation. Candidates should demonstrate the qualities of Chris Voelz - dedication to intercollegiate athletics and the student-athlete, fearlessness, tenacity, integrity, and a "no doesn't always mean no" attitude in the realm of fundraising.

Applicants must complete a brief essay (500 words or less) on how they demonstrate the qualities of Chris Voelz listed above, and submit one reference in order to be considered. One (1) woman will be selected each year with preference given to Women Leaders in College Sports members currently active in the Women Leaders in College Sports Development Circle.

Scholarship includes: national convention registration ($450 value).

The Judy Sweet Scholarship - CLOSED for 2017

This scholarship, honoring the legacy and work of Judy Sweet will be presented to a Women Leaders in College Sports member currently working in intercollegiate athletics, in any division, with a staunch commitment to gender equity and Title IX. A Women Leaders in College Sports Past President, previous board member, former NCAA president, and long-time director of athletics at the University of California, San Diego, Sweet has worked tirelessly to defend Title IX and promote diversity issues. Candidates should demonstrate the qualities of Judy Sweet - dedication to intercollegiate athletics and the student-athlete, a passion for gender equity, and a persevering attitude.

Applicants must complete a brief essay (500 words or less) on how they demonstrate the qualities listed above, and submit one reference in order to be considered. One (1) woman will be selected each year with preference given to Women Leaders in College Sports members currently active in the Women Leaders in College Sports Title IX Circle.

Scholarship includes: national convention registration ($450 value).

**Note: for all scholarships listed above, in order to give those applicants not selected for a scholarship the chance to register for the convention during the early pricing window, applications will open in early July 2017 and close in August 2017, before the early-bird window closes.**

Summer Institute Scholarship Opportunities

Institute for Administrative Advancement (IAA) - closed for 2017 programs, deadline was February 17

Scholarships for the the NCAA/Women Leaders in College Sports Institute for Administrative Advancement are awarded to current Women Leaders in College Sports members who demonstrate a need for financial assistance. Applicants must complete an application form, which includes submission of a brief essay (500 words or less) and one reference in order to be considered.

Scholarship includes: registration, meals, lodging, curriculum materials ($500 value)

Nancy R. Thuer Scholarship (IAA) - closed for 2017 programs, deadline was February 17

This scholarship, honoring the legacy and celebrating the life of Nancy R. Thuer, will be presented to a Women Leaders in College Sports member currently working in athletics with a passion for gender equality, Title IX, and women’s advocacy issues, in any division, with the intention of advancing her career as a leader and pursuing equity for all women. A former coach, PE teacher, high school athletic director, nurse and avid supporter of Women Leaders in College Sports, Nancy dedicated her life to helping others. She was a collegiate athlete and wrote her dissertation on Title IX in 1973. She loved the outdoors and was incredibly active enjoying triathlons, hiking, skiing, rock climbing, and kayaking to name a few. In her spare time she organized Special Olympics events, shuttled the homeless and built homes for the under privileged in Mexico on numerous mission trips. Above all, Nancy lived life to its fullest.

Interested applicants must complete a brief essay (500 words or less) on how they demonstrate the qualities of Nancy R. Thuer—dedication to promoting athletic and leadership opportunities for women, tireless determination for helping others, with a compassionate/loving heart—and submit one reference in order to be considered. One woman will be selected in 2017.

This one-time scholarship is generously funded by the Institute for Administrative West Class of 2014 and friends.

Scholarship includes: registration, meals, lodging, curriculum materials ($500 value)

Brenda Weare Scholarship for LEI - not available in 2017; available again beginning February 2018

One LEI scholarship recipient will receive the Brenda Weare Scholarship award which honors the life and legacy of Brenda Weare. The awardee should demonstrate the qualities of Ms. Weare - courage, fearlessness, a strong work ethic, conviction, integrity, perseverance, sincerity, vision, and outstanding leadership.

Scholarship includes: registration, meals, lodging, curriculum materials to LEI ($750 value); and a registration fee waiver to the National Convention ($415 value)