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Women's Leadership Scholars

Program DescriptionJanuary 2017 CWC Scholars

Launched in Fall 2016, the Colorado Women's College (CWC) Leadership Scholars Program provides a multidisciplinary academic and co-curricular program for traditional undergraduate Colorado women from first generation and/or underrepresented populations at the University of Denver. The program provides academic, community and financial support for up to 12 incoming traditional undergraduate women each year. Community-based learning and problem solving are threaded throughout the four-year academic leadership studies minor and co-curricular program, considering both local and global contexts.


Running parallel to DU's Pioneer Leadership Program, the first year begins with a 2-credit class each quarter to build the woman's leadership understanding and skills. The second year will help women focus on their passions for change-making in the world, anchored in a year-long sequence of courses with community based learning. The third and fourth years of academic studies will be tailor-made to support each woman's career and community impact aspirations. Workshops, speakers, job-shadowing and mentoring will guide students in developing workplace readiness and leadership skills to meet the demands for a more gender inclusive 21st century.

Scholarship Details

Scholars in the CWC Leadership Scholars Program will receive up to $7,500 in the first year to help cover unmet need. Scholarship and participation in the program is renewable for four years if a student maintains a 2.5 grade point average.

Scholarship funds are available thanks to the generosity of CWC alumnae and other friends of CWC, through donations and bequests.

Eligibility Details

Students selected for the CWC Leadership Scholars program will be Colorado residents who demonstrate financial need, a passion to be developed as a change leader, and preferably enter the university as a first-generation college student and/or from an under-represented population at the University of Denver. All applicants must be entering their first year as a DU undergraduate student.

Application Information

Thank you for your interest in the CWC Leadership Scholars Program.  The application period for the 2017-2018 academic year has closed.  

In order to be considered for the program, an Online Application must be fully completed for submission and consideration in the program. Each application will be reviewed in detail and rated based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of leadership and leadership potential.
  • Demonstration of strong writing abilities including grammar, mechanics, accuracy, and consistency,
  • Demonstration of passion for and commitment to be a global leader in advancing women and girls in the 21st century for the public good.

Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year will be available in the early Spring of 2018.