Girls' Leadership Worldwide

2018 GLW Application

The Eleanor Roosevelt Center (ERVK) Girls’ Leadership Worldwide (GLW) program works to create a more just world by educating and empowering, young women to become the next generation of principled, socially conscious leaders, using the example set by Eleanor Roosevelt.


  • Applicants must be in either the 9th or 10th grade in high school. The participants in each GLW session constitute a diverse group of exceptional girls from across the U.S. and abroad. Girls are selected based on leadership potential, demonstrated or desired commitment to community service and social justice, level of maturity, and their academic and extra-curricular achievement.
  • Please note, ERVK requires that all GLW participants meet the New York State Immunization Requirements for School Entrance/Attendance, which can be found here:
  • Please note, GLW is designed to challenge its participants mentally, physically and emotionally.


  • Application and both references must be postmarked by March 30, 2018.
  • Applicants will be notified by May 4, 2018.


  • $2,500 program fee. We charge this fee against the full cost of approximately $3,300 for each participant. Upon acceptance to GLW, ALL participants must pay a non-refundable $200 deposit to hold their spot in the program.
  • Airfare and Ground Transportation costs to & from Hyde Park, NY.
  • Spending money (for personal use).


  • Complete the application including the short-answer questions and essay.
  • In order for your application to be considered, you must also provide two references. Please provide the names of your two references below in this application form AND request that your references complete the separate online Reference Form.
  • Please note that our primary means of communication with applicants is via email. Therefore, it is critical to include correct email addresses for the applicant and at least one parent or guardian and to adjust spam settings to allow email from


  • We are committed to providing needs based or merit scholarships with reliance on funding from donors, foundations and corporations.  We do our very best to support girls who are truly motivated to attend GLW.  Please note that availability and amount of funding is based on the total number of requests and the amount funding at the time.  Request for scholarship assistance does not impact acceptance into the program. 
  • To be considered for a GLW scholarship, you must submit the Scholarship Application Form. 

Questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Email: or call 845-229-5302.

Please Note: There is no 'save and return' feature on our application. We strongly advise that you compose your responses to the application questions in a separate document first, and paste them in after.
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(Indicating a preferred session does not guarantee placement in that session if accepted.)

As part of the application process you are required to obtain TWO references who can attest to your qualifications for participation in the program. One reference must be from a school representative, and the other should come from a community member who knows you well. Neither of your references can come from a relative. Your references must be willing to fill out the online Applicant Reference Form and write a one-page letter of recommendation for you. If your reference would prefer a hardcopy, he/she can email for one at or call in at 845-229-5302. Please make sure to ask your references for assistance within an adequate amount of time. Your references may either send their reference forms and letters of recommendation directly to ERVK via email, or fax (845-229-0742) by March 30, 2018.

Please provide some information about your references below:

Reference 1
Reference 2

I/We certify that all of the information provided on this application is complete and accurate to the best of my/our knowledge.


Please type your responses to the following questions. Limit your responses to approximately 200 words for each question. 

1. Girls’ Leadership Worldwide prepares young women for personal, professional and political leadership, using the example set by Eleanor Roosevelt. What is it about Girls’ Leadership Worldwide that appeals to you and what do you expect to gain from this experience?
2. Describe one event, experience, particular interest, or special individual that has contributed to your uniqueness as a person.
3. Have you had any involvements in school clubs or activities, sports programs, community service or human rights/social justice advocacy? If yes, please describe. If no, please explain and indicate what types of activities would interest you.
4. What is one aspect of leadership or one character trait that you would like to learn or work on improving?
5. What current or past leader, in the areas of business, government, education or community service, demonstrates the kind of leader you want to be? Please explain.

Please write an original essay of between 500-1,000 words addressing the question below.

Identify a problem or issue in the world, your country or community that you strongly feel needs to be addressed. Explain your choice and discuss the opportunities that you have had to either address this issue or learn more about it. How can you as a leader take action to resolve this issue?


Before sending in your application package, please be sure to complete and include the following items:

  • Application Form
  • Short Answer Questions
  • Essay
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Scholarship Application Form (if applicable)
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