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 their demonstrated leadership potential, commitment to community service and social justice, and their academic and extra-curricular achievements.
  • Please note, ERVK requires that all GLW participants meet the New York State Immunization Requirements for School Entrance/Attendance, which can be found here.
  • We are looking for girls who are ready to #LeadLikeEleanor!

Deadlines

  • Applications are accepted for summer sessions between December 1st  and March 15th.
  • Applicants will be notified of acceptance by email no later than March 31st.

Costs

  • Tuition for the 8-day program is $2,500; additional charges for early arrival or late departure will apply.
  • It is highly encouraged that girls interested in applying to the program think about fundraising opportunities to pay for their tuition. Resources and Fundraising Ideas can be found under “Fundraising Tool-kit.” It is also encouraged for girls to 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; food outside of what is provided in the program). These expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

Application Process

  • Applications must be completed online.
  • Complete the application including the short-answer questions and essay.
  • Provide TWO reference forms and letters. Instructions regarding references are included in the Reference Section  and on the Applicant Reference Forms
  • 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 glw@ervk.org.

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.
  • A copy of parent/legal guardian’s most recent combined family IRS tax return is required for determination.
  • 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, there are many ways an applicant can help to raise funds to support tuition, whether it be a small amount or the entire cost of the program.
  • Questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact us! Email: GLW@ervk.org or call 845-229-5302.

Preparation and Application Check-list

As you prepare to complete the program application, below are some of the items you will need:
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 when ready. All questions and 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, Guidance Counselor Name and contact info, along with GPA

Part 2:  Session Preference and Metrics

Part 3:  References

Part 4: Short Answer Questions & Essay

Short Answer Responses: Prepare to respond to EACH of the 5 following short-answer questions in 200 words or less:

  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. 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.
  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, and why?

One Essay Response: Please write an original essay of between 250-500 words addressing the following question:

Prompt: 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?

5. Fundraising Response (optional)

Please elaborate on any fundraising plans you have to help pay for your GLW tuition or travel expenses.
See Fundraising Tool-kit for more information and ideas.

Part 6: Two Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation

Please paste text, upload PDF, Word Doc or image file

Part 7: Tuition Assistance (optional)

When completing your program application, please indicate if you are applying for tuition assistance. A pdf. copy of parent/legal guardian’s most recent combined family IRS tax return must be uploaded and is required to complete the application.

Part 8: Check-list and Certification


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


Eleanor Roosevelt: Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 17 (1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
(2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.
(3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.