Scholarships

PLEN Scholarship Fund

What PLEN funds: 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.

What students fund: Student(s) awarded any level of scholarship will be responsible for any remaining dues for program and registration fees not covered by the scholarship award.

Recommended Qualifications: Currently enrolled undergraduate women, but current students and recent graduates are welcome to apply.

Due: On a rolling basis. Scholarship applications have differing deadlines dependent on the scholarship chosen. See specified seminar page for deadline.

How: The scholarship application for 2020-2021 can be found under the 'how to apply' page below.

Contact: Questions about the PLEN scholarship can be directed to plen.scholarship@gmail.com.


TYPes of scholarships

PLEN General scholarship

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. 

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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, please indicate your interest on the general application form.

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PJ edington Scholarship

The PJ Edington Scholarship Fund was established in 2017 by Board Member Meredith Singer to honor the memory of her friend and colleague, PJ Edington. The PJ Edington Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for young women to attend PLEN seminars who exemplify PJ’s commitment to women’s leadership. The PJ Edington Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of personal donor contributions. To apply, please indicate your interest on the general application form.

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OTHER SOURCES OF funding?

  • Writing 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.
  • PLEN alumnae have also used online crowdfunding tools ("friend-raisers") such as: