A BA Woman is daring and compassionate, tenacious and persistent. She has a passion for change and the drive to go out and make it happen. She lifts as she climbs. And with our available financial support, the EmpowHER program framework, and her tribe of BA women, she’s unstoppable.

The EmpowHER program accepts applications for scholarships to help offset the costs to participate in EmpowHER, which includes housing in a safe, secure, and centrally located area of D.C., alongside other BA women. Please review the details below to see if you’re eligible for our scholarships.

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Two Tiers of Scholarship

We anticipate offering two tiers of support to a limited number of qualified women who embody what it means to be a BA Woman and demonstrate significant financial need (see below):

  • Tier 1 - Full Scholarship: Participant receives free admission into EmpowHER, including 8-weeks of summer housing in D.C. (a $7,975 value), and is awarded a ~$2,000 summer living stipend.
  • Tier 2 - Partial Scholarship: Participant receives free admission into EmpowHER, including 8-weeks of summer housing in D.C. (a $7,975 value). No summer living stipend is provided.

Acceptance and scholarship notification emails will be sent in March 2020.

AM I ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A SCHOLARSHIP?  

We provide a limited number of scholarships to accepted individuals who demonstrate significant financial need. While we understand that each individual circumstance is different, our scholarship recipients typically meet at least one of the following criteria:  

  • Are / were eligible for Pell Grants as an undergraduate student (as defined by the difference between your schools Cost of Attendance and your Expected Family Contribution)
  • If a dependent of their parents or married, their family has an annual income less than $46,800 (4 times the federal poverty line), assets less than $50,000 (savings, retirement, properties), and/or total debt (academic or credit card) more than $20,000
  • If an independent of their parents or single, have an annual income less than $23,400 (2 times the federal poverty line), assets less than $10,000 (savings, retirement, properties), and / or debt (academic or credit card) more than $20,000 (Note: we define “independent” of your parents as being 100% financially independent, meaning they do not support your cost of tuition, nor living expenses, at any point during the year)

HOW DO I APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP?

The EmpowHER scholarship application is found within the program application—because we know that streamlined processes make all the difference. To access the application and apply for scholarships, review our eligibility criteria below, answer ‘Yes’ to the question “Would you like to be considered for a scholarship," and complete the financial need section of the application that appears. 

HOW DO I PAY FOR THE COST OF THE PROGRAM?

If invited to join the 2020 EmpowHER cohort, you will receive your acceptance letter and if applicable, scholarship information, in March 2020. From there, 50% of your EmpowHER program tuition will be due at the time of enrollment in March. The remaining 50% is due in late May/early June, at least 24 hours prior to your move to D.C. All payments are due via PayPal (which includes bank transfer and credit card payment options).

ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF FUNDING

We’ll be providing a limited number of scholarships to make participation in EmpowHER and living in Washington, D.C. possible. However, not all participants will be awarded a scholarship. We encourage you—as early in the application process—to consider alternative ways to fund your participation in EmpowHER including:

  • Meet with the career services department or financial aid office on your campus to consider scholarship opportunities provided by your home university.
  • Discuss with your parents, guardians, mentors, or others who know you well about their ability to contribute to your participation in the program.
  • Research other scholarship opportunities online or in your community, that could support your participation in EmpowHER.

CAN UNDOCUMENTED AND / OR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS? 

Yes, international students can apply; though it is important to note that we do not provide visa sponsorships. We also provide scholarships to immigrants or recent immigrants, including dreamers and / or DACA recipients.

The Arkansas Scholarship

Beginning in 2020, we will provide one full EmpowHER scholarship specifically for an Arkansan to honor our organization’s roots. This Arkansan, who demonstrates significant financial need and meets all EmpowHER admission requirements, receives free admission into EmpowHER, including 8-weeks of summer housing in D.C. (a $7,975 value), and is awarded a ~$2,000 summer living stipend. An Arkansan is someone who was born and/or raised in Arkansas. They do not need to be currently enrolled in college / university in Arkansas.