PLEN Scholarship Fund

The PLEN scholarship Fund will assist students in funding a portion and/or all of the program and registration fees associated with attending the seminar. Student(s) awarded any level of scholarship will be responsible for funding their own transportation, meals and any remaining dues for program and registration fees not covered by the scholarship award. Preference will be given to currently enrolled undergraduate women, but current students and recent graduates are welcome to apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Questions about the PLEN scholarship can be directed to The scholarship application for 2019-2020 can be found under the 'how to apply' page below.

Ellie Shaw Scholarship

Established in March 2015, the Ellie Shaw Scholarship aims to fulfill PLEN’s mission to prepare women for leadership in the public policy arena. The scholarship is open to all students, with strong preference given to students attending PLEN seminars from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. To apply, fill out the Scholarship Common Application and indicate that you're applying for the Ellie Shaw Scholarship.

The Ellie Shaw Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of personal donor contributions. PLEN is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and a portion of a donation may be tax deductible.

Where else can I look for funding?

College women who want to attend a PLEN seminar have successfully applied for and received funding from their academic institutions and other organizations by writing and pitching a proposal for funding. A proposal is a brief statement expressing your interest in the PLEN program you wish to attend, and an integral part of applying for funding through your school. It is also important to know how to “pitch” a Funding Proposal to a potential sponsor.

Online crowdfunding tools like GoFundMe, IndieGoGo, and Kickstarter can help students do a “friend-raiser.”  To learn more about crowdfunding strategies, read about the experience of three PLEN alumnae who crowdfunded their trip to Washington, DC on The Plenary.