How to Apply

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

Eligibility & Selection Criteria

  • Applicants must be rising sophomores,  juniors or seniors and between the ages of 15-17 during the duration of the program.
  • Selections are 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 2022 summer sessions open January 2020 and close March 2022 (exact dates TBD).
  • Applicants will be notified of acceptance by email beginning the last week of March 2022 and no later than mid-April 2022 (exact dates TBD).


  • Tuition for the nine-day program is $3,100; additional charges for early arrival or late departure will apply.
  • Applicants are highly encouraged to consider fundraising opportunities to pay for at least some, if not all, of their tuition. See our GLW 2020 Fundraising Toolkit for sample resources and fundraising ideas.
  • 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

  • Request digital or print copies of two letters of recommendation.
  • Prepare your responses to the five short-answer questions and essay that follow in the Preparation and Application Checklist section.
  • Complete the online application and upload your TWO letters of recommendation.
  • Await confirmation of program eligibility, at which time you will be contacted to schedule a video interview.
  • Schedule and complete your interview.
  • Await your acceptance email!
  • Please note: Our primary means of communication with applicants is via email. Therefore, it is critical to include correct email addresses for both yourself and a parent or guardian. Please also be sure to adjust applicant and parent email spam settings to ensure receipt of email correspondence from

Tuition Assistance

  • The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill (ERVK) provides tuition assistance on a sliding scale, based on family annual gross income and participant need. To utilize available funding most effectively, we are not able to assist with travel costs.
  • For determination of eligibility, the applicant must complete the Tuition Assistance Application portion of the GLW application and the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) must upload 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 $2,900. 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 online application. Therefore, we strongly advise that you compose your responses to the application questions in a separate document, in advance, so you can later paste them into the application when you are ready. Please also be sure to answer all questions in their entirety, complete all sections of the application, and upload all required documents (2 letters of recommendation; tax returns, if necessary) before submitting your application, as incomplete applications will not be considered.

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 Applicant Profile Data

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.

Part 5: Fundraising Response (optional, but recommended)

Please elaborate on any fundraising plans you have to help pay for your GLW tuition or travel expenses. See our GLW 2020 Fundraising Toolkit for sample resources and fundraising ideas.

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, for those applying for tuition assistance, 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 15 (1) Everyone has the right to a nationality.
(2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.