Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

I’m having trouble downloading the application packet. What do I do?

If you have problems downloading the complete application packet, please email

How do I submit my application?

All applications should be submitted via the online form here. The individuals writing your letter of recommendation should be submitted by the recommender here.

How many students enter the contest each year?

Hundreds of students submit essays each year. A total of six winners are selected.


Letters of Recommendation

What kind of elected woman should I ask for a letter of recommendation?

State, county and local elected women officials, such as state senators or representatives, city council members, county commissioners, mayors, etc. who have been elected to their position are acceptable. No federal legislators are eligible to write a letter. 

I’m having trouble finding an elected woman official to get a letter of recommendation.

If you are having problems finding an elected woman official, send us an email at 

Does the recommending woman official have to currently be in office?

Yes. All letters must come from an elected woman who is currently in office. No exceptions.


About the Essay

Will I be disqualified if I go over/under the word count?

It would be best to stay within the 400-600 word count. However, essays will be evaluated mainly based on content. If you are slightly over or under the word count, don’t panic. Focus on the quality and content of your essay.


NFWL Annual Conference and Travel

If I am chosen to receive a scholarship, is my trip to the Conference paid for?

Yes, but you must agree to attend the entire conference which will be held November 14 – 18 in Minneapolis, MN. You will share a room with another winner. All students will be chaperoned by an adult member of NFWL’s staff during their stay at the Conference.

Are my parents able to attend the Annual Conference if I win?

Students are encouraged to come on their own, however, if parents or families choose to join them they are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.



I am not a US Citizen. Am I still eligible?

You must be residing in the United States, attending college in the US, and able to attend the Annual Conference in Minneapolis, MN, November 14 – 18, to be eligible.