GLW: How to Apply

Welcome to the first step in becoming a confident, principled and socially conscious leader!

Eligibility & Selection Criteria

  • Applicants must be between the ages of 14-16 during the duration of the program.
  • Selection is based on applicants’ demonstrated leadership potential, commitment to community service and social justice, and individuals’ academic and extra-curricular achievements. We are looking for girls who are ready to #LeadLikeEleanor!
  • GLW applicants must also meet the New York State Immunization Requirements for School Entrance/Attendance, which can be found here.


  • Applications for the 2020 summer sessions open Monday, January 6, 2020 and close Friday, March 13, 2020.
  • Applicants will be notified of acceptance by email beginning the week of March 30, 2020 and no later than April 10, 2020.


  • Tuition for the eight-day program is $2,500; additional charges for early arrival or late departure will apply.
  • Girls interested in applying to the program are highly encouraged to consider fundraising opportunities to pay for at least some, if not all, of their tuition. Resources and fundraising ideas can be found under Fundraising Toolkit.
  • It is also recommended that those who apply to the GLW program mention their fundraising plans and methodology in their application, as it reflects well with the selection committee.
  • ERVK does not cover the cost of travel to and from the program nor any additional spending (i.e., souvenirs, incidentals, or food outside of what is provided in the program). These expenses are the responsibility of the participant and should be considered as part of a fundraising plan.

Application Process

  • Complete the online application, including the four short-answer questions and an essay below.
  • Provide TWO letters of recommendation.
  • Please note: Our primary means of communication with applicants is via email. Therefore, it is critical to include correct email addresses for both the applicant and at least one parent or guardian, and to adjust applicant and parent email spam settings to allow receipt of email from

Tuition Assistance

  • The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill (ERVK) provides tuition assistance on a sliding scale, based on family annual gross income. To utilize available funding most effectively, we are not able to assist with travel costs.
  • For determination of eligibility, the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) must provide a copy of the most recent combined family IRS tax return.
  • Please note: Upon acceptance, all program participants must pay a non-refundable $200 deposit to hold their space in the program. Maximum assistance is $2,300. While ERVK strives to assist as many girls as possible, we also recommend that applicants explore the many ways they can help to raise funds to support their tuition — whether it be a small amount or the entire cost of the program.
  • Questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact us by email at or phone at (845) 229-5302.

Preparation and Application Checklist

Please use the information provided in this section to help you prepare and complete the program application.

Important 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 when ready. All questions must be answered in their entirety and all documentation ready for upload, as the application cannot be submitted if incomplete.

Part 1:  Applicant Information

  • Tell us who you are
  • Parent/guardian contact info
  • School information, including guidance counselor name and contact information, along with GPA

Part 2:  Session Preference and Metrics

Part 3:  References

Part 4: Short Answer Questions & Essay

Short Answer Responses: Please prepare a response of 200 words or less for EACH of the following short-answer questions below.

  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 current or past leader, in the areas of business, government, education or community service, demonstrates the kind of leader you want to be, and why?

Essay Response: Please write an original 500 word essay in response to the following prompt.

Identify a problem or issue (in the world, your country, or your community) that you strongly feel needs to be addressed. In your essay, be sure to: 1) explain why this issue or problem is of concern to you; 2) discuss the opportunities that you have had to either learn more about or address this issue or problem; and 3) describe how you, as a leader, would like to take action to resolve it.

5. Fundraising Response (optional, but recommended)

Please elaborate on any fundraising plans you have to help pay for your GLW tuition or travel expenses. For information and ideas, see the Fundraising Toolkit.

Part 6: Two Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation can be uploaded as PDFs, Word documents or image files, or the content of the letters can be cut and pasted into the application as text.

Part 7: Tuition Assistance (optional)

When completing your program application, please indicate if you are applying for tuition assistance. As noted above, a copy of the applicant’s most recent combined family IRS tax return must be provided and uploaded and is required to complete the application.

Part 8: Checklist and Certification

Let’s make if official: I’m ready to apply

Eleanor Roosevelt: Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 14 (1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
(2) This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.