Girl Up Scholarship Fund 2021 for Post-Secondary Education ($87,500 Total Fund)

Girl Up Scholarship Fund 2021 for Post-Secondary Education ($87,500 Total Fund)

Deadline: May 17, 2021

Applications for the Girl Up Scholarship Fund 2021 are now open. A Girl Up Scholarship is intended to alleviate financial burdens of post-secondary education to members of the Girl Up Community and support the success of students working to advance gender equality.

Girls have a tremendous, often untapped power to change the world. Girl Up helps girls access their inner power to advance the skills, rights, and opportunities of girls everywhere. Now more than ever, they believe in the power of girls to make a difference – starting by supporting Girl Up members to pursue higher education to reduce gender gaps in fields like Storytelling, STEM, and sports.


  • Girl Up will award $87,500 in scholarships ($2,500 to at least 35 recipients). 


Open to any self-identified girl or woman who: 

  • Is a Girl Up participant (event attendee, Club member, program participant, etc.);
  • Enrolled in a 2-year, 4-year, or technical college by the time of selection (graduating high school seniors can apply!);
  • Be pursuing education related to select categories:
    • Storytelling – If you are majoring in communications, creative writing, videography, graphic design, journalism, or a related field OR you are using storytelling to create change in your community.
      Examples: being on your school newspaper, organizing poetry readings, using your social media as a platform for change, etc.
    • Sports – If you are majoring in kinesiology, sports medicine, athletic training, sports administration and management, pre-physical therapy, physical education teaching, or a related field OR you are using sports to create change in your community.
      Examples: mentoring younger female athletes, playing a collegiate sport and using your platform for social good, increasing spectators at female sporting events, etc.
    • STEM – If you are majoring in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or a related field OR you are using STEM to create change in your community.
      Examples: teaching younger students to code, creating an app for social good, tutoring female students in STEM, etc.

Applicants who identify as first-generation American, Black or African-American, Latinx, undocumented, DACA, and/or have a disability are encouraged to apply.

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation and selection criteria will be weighted for a competitive and fair evaluation. Selection criteria will include: 

  • Demonstrated commitment to gender equality 
  • Leadership potential 
  • Community involvement and school activities 
  • Educational and career goals and challenges 
  • Past academic performance (e.g. GPA) 
  • Applicant’s background (e.g. financial need, first-gen, DACA, disabilities, etc.) 
  • Letter of recommendation from an instructor, mentor, etc. and not a family member 


Girl Up welcomes Scholarship Fund applications from all individuals regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion, cultural and ethnic background, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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For more information, visit Girl Up Scholarship Fund.