Serving San Francisco and the East Bay

FWSF Application Process

1. Review the Eligibility Requirements before submitting the application.

2. Assemble the documents (in electronic format) before submitting application:

i. A resume summarizing past and present employment, extracurricular activities and honors or other recognition received as an undergraduate or graduate student. Include descriptions of your leadership skills and memberships in organizations, both professional and social. Please include special activities, sports, committees and community activities in which you have participated. Please be specific in describing your roles and accomplishments.

ii. An essay of no more than 500 words addressing the following

  • If you were given $10,000 to make a meaningful difference in other women’s lives, to empower them with self-reliance and freedom of choice, what would you do?

iii. A complete unofficial transcript from your current university or college, and your undergraduate transcript if you are entering a graduate program;

iv. A current photo. This photo will be attached to your application and used during interviews to connect names with faces. In the event that you are selected to be a scholarship recipient, this photo will be posted on our website as part of an announcement. Please submit a photo that represents you in a professional way - we do not recommend using a casual or candid photo.

v. Two letters of recommendation. The letters are a part of your application submittal and must be included no later than Sunday, March 25th, 11:59PM. We strongly suggest that you partner with your recommenders at the beginning of the scholarship cycle to provide assurance that the letters can be uploaded promptly and in advance of the deadline.

You may want to refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

3. Submit an Online Application and upload supporting documents.

Submit the online application form including the documents described above. As you submit your application you will have an opportunity to upload the required supporting documents. All documents will need to be provided in electronic format and your application cannot be completed without providing the required supporting documents.

NOTE: You can save your application and return as necessary to complete it.

Due Date:

Applications for the 2018 Scholarship Cycle will open on January 1, 2018. The deadline for all applications is Sunday, March 25th, 11:59 PM PST. Please note that no exceptions will be made; the deadline is final.

If you have questions please call us at (415) 586-8599 or email:

We are no longer accepting applications for 2018. Please check back next year!

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