Conference of Women Legislators (COWL) Scholarship Opportunity

The COWL Scholarship seeks to maximize educational opportunities for all income levels by offering tuition assistance to mature (age 25 or older), deserving women who show evidence of furthering their education in order to make a contribution to their government, children, families, and community. The one-year undergraduate scholarship will cover tuition, books and fees up to $2500 per year, including summer school.

COWL endeavors to support women who, for various reasons, have not had the opportunity to begin or complete their education at an earlier stage due to life changes and/or financial difficulties. Further, COWL encourages women of all races, religions, creeds, and ethnic backgrounds to apply for the scholarship.

Applicants for the scholarship must meet certain requirements to be eligible. In addition to being a woman 25 years of age or older, she must be an Illinois resident and plan to attend an accredited on-campus school in Illinois for at least six semester hours. (Online colleges are not eligible.)

Your application materials, postmarked no later than April 15, 2015. Awardees will be notified of the decisions by May 30, 2015. Scholarship applications may be downloaded from the COWL website at and must include the following items:

• Application form
• Two reference letters
• Personal background and goals essay
• Official transcripts from the last two academic years attended.
• List of all institutions of higher education you’ve attended
• Signed waiver form with notary public signature and seal

The Awards Committee will consider service work or volunteer activities that promote the welfare of women, families, and community as well as demonstrated leadership in creating a new approach, program, or strategy that benefits them. You should provide some evidence of continuity in the work you have performed. Your reference letters should address this aspect of your background.