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The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women was founded in 1973 in order to ensure that women and men have equal opportunity to function fully and optimally as citizens of Bloomington, and as equal participants in the economy, in politics and government, in education, in social development, in the system of justice, and in all other facets of life.

As one of its primary objectives, The Commission on the Status of Women is committed to providing opportunities for leadership development for women of all ages and backgrounds in the Bloomington and surrounding communities. In order to create ever-greater opportunities to cultivate the next generation of women leaders, the Commission has established a Leadership Scholarship Initiative.

Scholarship Information

Scholarships will be awarded to women in the general and university communities who are planning to attend a leadership development experience. These experiences can include conferences, workshops, seminars, mini-courses, and additional opportunities for which an applicant can clearly articulate a case for leadership development. The word "leadership" need not be in the title of the experience; rather, it will be up to the applicant to fully explain how the experience will shape her growth as a leader.

The maximum scholarship awarded will be $500. Scholarships may be awarded in smaller increments at the discretion of the review committee.


Applicants will complete a brief application form which details all aspects of the leadership experience, including name and theme of the event, location, dates, costs associated, how the applicant will fund the remaining costs of the experience, etc. Applications will include a required narrative that describes the applicant's interest in leadership development, past leadership experiences, learning expectations for the proposed activity, and vision for how the application intends to put the leadership learning into practice upon return.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis; however, interested individuals are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Applicants will be notified within 5 weeks of submission.

Apply Online

Applications may be submitted online using our online application form

Other Methods

You may also apply via email to, via mail or hand delivery at Showers City Hall / 401 N. Morton Street / Community and Family Resources Department / Bloomington, IN 47402, or via fax at 812-349-3483. Please mark applications to the attention of Sue Owens. Leadership Scholarship Initiative Application (PDF 27.20 KB)


Recipients of Leadership Scholarships will be required to participate in the Women's Leadership Event sponsored by the Commission each March, and to make a presentation about their leadership growth experience. Members of the Commission responsible for the Women's Leadership Event will work with the recipients to organize compelling and meaningful presentations. In the event that a scholarship recipient is unable to attend the Leadership Event in the March following the leadership development experience for which she has received the scholarship, she may suggest an alternate venue that is appropriate based upon her particular leadership experience. Questions? Contact Sue Owens, Program Specialist, at 812-349-3468, or

Click here to view the Past Leadership Scholarships Award Winners

Information in Commission on the Status of Women's Leadership Scholarship Initiative