Allied Women Entrepreneurs is pleased to be able to offer scholarships to assist women entrepreneurs with the costs of attending class, workshops, conferences, and other programs which will benefit them professionally.
We believe all women entrepreneurs deserve affordable access to education and support as they aspire to personal and professional success.
Scholarship Rules and Guidelines
Scholarships are available to AWE members at any level and to the public. Funds may be applied toward the cost of classes or programs which provide education related to starting, running, or growing a business. The funds may not be applied toward classes or programs that are solely related to non-business functions, for example art classes for an artist. In addition, the course or program must be an offering by one of AWE’s partner organizations or an accredited, approved, or authorized institution (see below for details).
Following acceptance of a scholarship and completion of the applicable class or program, every recipient must submit an essay of at least 800 words detailing the class/program she participated in, what she learned, and how participating in the class or program benefited her business or herself professionally. Essays must be submitted within two (2) weeks following the conclusion of the class/program or the recipient may be required to repay scholarship funds received. Essays may be published in whole or in part by AWE in print publications or on the web.
There is a maximum yearly benefit for each recipient; this maximum benefit amount is currently set at $500 and may be increased or decreased at any time by AWE’s Board of Directors.
Employees and board members of Allied Women Entrepreneurs and their family members are not eligible to receive a scholarship.
Our current partner organizations include The Larimer County Small Business Development Center, The Digital Workshop Center, and Girl Develop It.
Accredited or Approved Institutions
To be considered accredited, an institution must have current accreditation with a state and/or federally-recognized accrediting agency. For institutions where accreditation is not applicable, they are typically audited and approved by a state-level higher education office. To find or verify accredited and approved institutions, there are several state-level and national search tools available:
- Colorado Department of Higher Education – Institution Search
- U.S. Department of Higher Education – The Database of Accredited Post-Secondary Institutions & Programs
- Colorado Division of Occupational Schools – Approved and Regulated Schools
Large software companies provide lists of authorized training partners that meet the ongoing certification requirements. Below are a few examples:
- Adobe Software – Authorized Training Partners List
- Oracle University – Online and Classroom Training Options
- Quickbooks – ProAdvisors
Scholarship Application Process
AWE’s scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis as funds allow. Applicants must submit the application form found here; no mailed or emailed applications will be reviewed. Scholarships are awarded on a merit basis at the sole discretion of the Board of Directors. Application decisions will be sent via email. Contacting a board member or employee of AWE about your application following its submission may disqualify you from receiving funds. If more information is needed to process your application, AWE will contact you.
All applications are reviewed at AWE’s monthly board meeting by the Board of Directors. It may take an additional two-four weeks for funding to be awarded following approval of a scholarship application. Funds are sent directly to the institution offering the class or program, not the scholarship recipient. If a scholarship is awarded, the recipient must provide payment information in a timely manner to ensure funds can be sent when needed.