NFWL/NRA Scholarship Program 2017


The National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) in conjunction with the National Rifle Association for the 20th Annual NFWL/NRA Bill of Rights Essay Scholarship Contest. The program is available to female high school juniors and seniors who are available to attend the NFWL Annual Conference. With the vision, the NFWL is to empower and inspire elected women to become thought leaders who shape America’s future. They encourage the election and/or appointment of women to public office.Through the scholarship program, NFWL and the NRA join forces to provide six winners- a $3,000 college scholarship and an all-expense-paid trip to NFWL’s Annual Conference.

The National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) is a non-partisan 501c3, educational foundation for elected women in the state, county, and municipal levels. The mission of National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) is to provide strategic resources to elected women for leadership development, exchange of diverse legislative ideas, and effective governance through conferences, state outreach, educational materials, professional and personal relationships, and networking.


To eligible the applicants must be:

  • College-bound female high school juniors or seniors (Class of 2017 or Class of 2018)
  • Available to attend the NFWL Annual Conference, November 14 – 18 in Minneapolis, MN, where they will be presented with the award

How to Apply:

In order to enter, the applicant can submit online application go through the given link:

Supporting Documents:

The following materials should be submitted via the online form:

  • Submission of contact information
  • Two letter of recommendation:
  • One (1) Letter of Recommendation from a teacher, advisor, employer, etc.
  • One (1) Letter of Recommendation from a currently elected woman at the state or local level
  • Final Essay: Pick one out of the three topics below and write a 400 – 600-word The essay should be single-spaced, 12 point font, Times New Roman. Essays must be submitted as a PDF document through the online form:
  • The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the freedom of speech, and women have played influential roles in uniting the country on important issues. Give a recent example of how an elected female official brought a community together during difficult times, how her perspective as a female made the difference, and how she changed her community’s viewpoint to respect women in leadership.
  • In 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton held the first Women’s Rights Convention (WRC) and presented “The Declaration of Sentiments,” in which she declared that women and men are equal. The WRC evolved into the National Woman Suffrage Association, which led to the 19th Amendment being passed and ratified. In the 1800s, who were other women setting the pathway for women’s rights to become a reality? And how did their works of composition influence Americans to shift in favor of women’s rights?
  • Women only represent 24% of elected officials in America, yet women are 54% of the American populous. Although the 19th Amendment has protected women’s rights to vote for almost 100 years, why do women not hold the majority of elected offices in America? What does research show as hindrances for women running for office? How would you resolve this issue?

Financial Aid and Award Money:

  • Each year, NFWL and the NRA join forces to provide six female high school juniors and seniors (Class of 2017 or 2018) a $3,000 college scholarship and an all-expense-paid trip to NFWL’s Annual Conference.
  • This year’s conference will take place November 14 – 18 at the Loews Minneapolis Hotel in Minneapolis, MN.

Application Deadline:

The completed applications must be received no later than 5 pm (Eastern Time) on Monday, July 10, 2017, to be considered for the scholarship contest.

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