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Thank you for your interest in the Alene Moris National Education for Women’s Leadership Institute!

We are now accepting applications for the 2018 Alene Moris NEW Leadership Institute.  

Application Checklist

The essay prompts in the application are also provided below. We highly recommend you write your responses to the essay questions in another document first and then copy and paste them into the online application.

1. What motivated you to apply for the NEW Leadership Institute? (900-1,000 characters)
2a. Briefly describe your involvement and/or leadership in any of the following categories: community or campus organizations, clubs, paid employment, volunteer service, internships, and/or other groups. ( max. 500 characters)
2b. Please pick one of your activities listed above and discuss how it has positively influenced or changed you. (max. 500 characters)
3. What do you see as the most crucial public policy issue affecting women today? Why is this important to you? (900-1,000 characters)
4. Please list two areas (for example, public speaking, situational confidence, etc.) in which you wish to gain personal improvement through your participation in the Institute and describe why. (max. 500 characters)

The 2018 Application is available here:

2018 NEW Leadership Application

The recommendation form is available here:

Recommendation Form

The nomination for is available here:

Nomination Form

The deadline to nominate a student is April 11, 2018.

Any questions or concerns? Please contact us at or 206-685-1090



Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the 2018 Institute?

The program will run from Monday, June 18th to Saturday, June 23rd.


Where is the Institute located?

On the University of Washington, Seattle campus. The Women’s Center works with participants who live outside of the Seattle area to provide housing during the Institute.

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Who is eligible?

Any undergraduate or graduate who attends a two-year college or a four-year university in Washington State (or has a permanent address here) and was enrolled for the 2017-2018 academic school year is eligible to apply.
You don’t need to be a political science major or be involved in formal political roles to be considered. In fact,  we’re looking for students with all kinds of interests and backgrounds:  we’ve had students with majors as diverse as Music, Engineering, Journalism, Neuroscience, Spanish,  Business, Anthropology, Nursing and more.

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How much does it cost?

The only cost to students who are accepted for admission is a $150.00 non-refundable registration fee.  The fee covers food, parking, and all program materials for the 6 days of the Institute.  Students are encouraged to seek funding through their school’s programs and departments. A limited number of scholarships are available for students who are unable to obtain funding from their schools.  To apply for a scholarship or housing, please submit the supplemental Scholarship and Housing Application* along with the general application. Those who are accepted to the program will be notified of their scholarship or housing award.

*Avaliable in early spring

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Can I nominate someone to apply?

If you know a young woman who you feel would enjoy the NEW Leadership program, please complete our nomination form. We will send information to nominated candidates on how they can apply for the program.

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What can participants expect to gain?

Participating in the Alene Morris National Education for Women’s Leadership Institute is a time to:

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What are the expectations for students who participate in the Institute?

The Alene Moris National Education for Women’s Leadership Institute participants are expected to attend all scheduled events and meals during the program. Our typical day of scheduled events begins at 8:00 am and end at 8:00 pm. Students are expected to remain on site at the UW Women’s Center for the duration of each day’s activities. Students with responsibilities for pets,  children and households are advised to arrange for assistance during the Institute so that they can devote full attention to the Institute experience. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Institute. Bus and Light Rail passes are provided.

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Application period

Applications are available now until April 15, 2018 at 11:59 pm. Click here to apply!

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