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 Women's Leadership Symposium, Institutes for Administrative Advancement, Leadership Enhancement Institute and Executive Institutes, and National Convention. 

In 2017, a total of 70 Women Leaders in College Sports scholarships were awarded to members.

Summer Institute Scholarship Opportunities

Women's Leadership Symposium (WLS) - closed for 2018

Scholarships for the the NCAA/Women Leaders in College Sports Women's Leadership Symposium 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.

Applications close on Wednesday, February 14th at 11:59 pm CT. 

Scholarship includes: registration, meals, lodging, curriculum materials ($100 value)

Institute for Administrative Advancement (IAA) - closed for 2018

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.

Applications close on Wednesday, February 14th at 11:59 pm CT. 

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

Leadership Enhancement Institute  - closed for 2018

Scholarships for the the NCAA/Women Leaders in College Sports Leadership Enhancement Institute 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 ($750 value)

Brenda Weare Scholarship for LEI - closed for 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 ($450 value)

Women Leaders in College Sports National Convention Scholarship Opportunities

Women Leaders General Scholarship

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 woman will be selected each year.

Scholarship includes: National Convention registration ($450 value).

Women of Color Registration Scholarships

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—we 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 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).

Women Leaders HBCU Scholarship Program

As part of the Women Leaders in College Sports Women of Color Initiative, we offer two general scholarships for women employed at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

Women Leaders in College Sports HBCU scholarships will be awarded to women employed at an HBCU institution, who work in the department of athletics,  and who demonstrate a need for financial assistance. For consideration, applicants must complete an application form, which includes a brief essay (500 words or less) that addresses her professional goals and how Women Leaders and our National Convention can help her achieve them.

Scholarships include: a one-year Women Leaders in College Sports membership, one National Convention registration and accompanying travel (including lodging) cost in the year of the application (up to $1,500 value, for each).

The Scott, Dallas, and Mia Pioli Family HBCU Scholarship

The Scott, Dallas and Mia Pioli Family HBCU Scholarship opens for the first award in 2018. As part of the Women Leaders Women of Color Initiative, the Scott, Dallas and Mia Pioli Family HBCU Scholarship will be awarded to one Women Leaders member per year, with preference given to a woman working in athletics at an HBCU or who graduated from an HBCU.

The recipient of this scholarship must demonstrate a commitment to intercollegiate athletics and the student-athlete; support advancing and advocating for diversity within college athletics; and have a need for financial assistance. For consideration, applicants must complete an application form, which includes a brief essay (500 words or less) that addresses her professional goals and how Women Leaders and our National Convention can help her achieve them.

Scholarship includes: a one-year Women Leaders in College Sports membership, one National Convention registration and accompanying travel (including lodging) cost in the year of the application (up to $1,500 value).

The Chris Voelz "Cha-Ching" Fundraising Scholarship

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 within the fundraising and development arena. A Women Leaders in College Sports Past President, former board member, persuasive auctioneer, and 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) addressing how they demonstrate the qualities of Chris Voelz listed above, and submit one reference in order to be considered. One  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

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 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 June 15, 2018 and close July 23, 2018, before the early-bird window closes.**