2021 WLS Scholarship Application

Junior League of Montgomery Women's Leadership Summit

EmpowHERment Scholarship Application Guidelines


The Junior League of Montgomery, Inc. (JLM) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. In an effort to motivate and empower women to be catalysts of progress in their professional and personal lives, as well as within their community, the JLM hosts an annual Women’s Leadership Summit (WLS). For the last three years, the WLS has brought together nearly 1,000 women to celebrate International Women's Day and to encourage and enrich one another. Funds raised through the WLS enables the JLM to award the EmpowHERment Scholarship to women pursuing their passion, purpose, and power by developing or advancing a business, organization, professional development, or a measurable personal goal or ambition. The recipient(s) of the 2021 EmpowHERment Scholarship will be announced at the virtual 2021 WLS on March 5th, 2021.



Scholarship Overview

The scholarship request must serve as an enrichment opportunity to enhance, educate, empower, or equip the recipient with continued growth and development in her career, business, or personal brand. We are committed to this focus by identifying and participating in efforts to promote the full potential of women in their chosen area of expertise and influence.


All scholarship applications must be received by February 12, 2021. You may be contacted by the Women's Leadership Summit Committee member to discuss your application.


The Committee members will thoroughly review each submitted application and make a recommendation to the Junior League Board of Directors.


Awards will be announced and presented to the selected applicant(s) during the Women's Leadership Summit on March 5, 2021.  All applicants not selected for funding will be notified in writing by February 28th. 


Types of Scholarships:

  • General Operating Support for a business or non-profit organization
  • Seed/Start up Grant for a business or non-profit organization
  • Crisis Grant to cover unexpected expenses hindering the progress of a women's education, business plan, or professional development. 

Scholarship Award:

  • An applicant may request a scholarship award in any amount from $250 up to $2,500.
  • Requests may be fully or partially funded.
  • Payments will be made directly to the higher education institution, recipient’s business or non-profit organization, or, for crisis grants, the recipient will be reimbursed with proper documentation.  
  • Award recipients must submit an after-action report to the Junior League of Montgomery’s 2021-2022 Women’s Leadership Summit Committee Chair no later than December 1, 2021.
  • This is a one-time award and will not be eligible for renewal.



Please provide an essay explaining why you should be selected for the scholarship. Please email it to WomensLeadershipSummit@jlmontgomery.org. Please include any attachments that may assist us in the selection process.

Such as:

  • Proposal
  • Business Plan
  • Resume
  • News articles or online reviews
  • Quotes on services or equipment
  • Letters of Support (3 maximum)
  • Information on professional development opportunities