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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.


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.

You may print the application and 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.