Student Scholarship

For more than 20 years, the National Foundation for Women Legislators has hosted the Annual Constitution Essay Scholarship Contest, which provides six female high school juniors or seniors a $3,000 college scholarship, an all-expense-paid trip to NFWL’s Annual Conference, and an award that is presented at the event.

NFWL has a long-standing tradition of supporting young women. Over the years, the scholarship has brought together some of the nation’s leading young scholars for a week of mentorship, learning, and growth. Scholarship winners have gone on to attend top universities, found non-profit organizations, and pursue their dream careers. During NFWL’s Annual Conference, winners spend extensive time with an elected woman mentor. These young women learn about a diverse array of policy areas from the elected women mentors, while also learning about what it is like to be an elected woman. Leadership is a pillar of the program and winners engage in various personal and professional development programs to bolster their individual growth. The scholarship is made possible by the NRA Foundation.

Do you know a student who should apply? Submit your nomination for this year’s scholarship essay contest. All nominees must be (1) a junior (class of 2019) or senior (class of 2018) high school girl and (2) a U.S. citizen. If you have any questions, please contact

All nominations must be received by Friday, July 20th at 5:00pm ET. Immediately after you submit this form, your nominee will be contacted by NFWL staff and invited to apply for the scholarship, so the earlier you submit the form, the more time your nominee has to complete her application materials.






Congrats to the 2017 Scholarship Winners:

Anne Crabill of Chapel Hill, North Carolina (mentored by North Carolina Representative Rosa Gill)

Jessica Goldschlager of Magnolia, Delaware (mentored by Delaware Representative Andria Bennett)

Margaret Kleiman of Hutchinson, Minnesota (mentored by Minnesota Representative Sandra Masin)

Madeline Peltzer of Laveen, Arizona (mentored by Arizona Senator Nancy Barto)

Faith VanVleet of Spring, Texas (mentored by Wisconsin Representative Kathy Bernier)

Abby Weiderhold of Pottsville, Pennsylvania (mentored by New Jersey Assemblywoman-elect Serena DiMaso)

Click here to view the 2017 award-winning essays.