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About BOLD

Funded by The Pussycat Foundation, the BOLD Women’s Leadership Initiative is a pioneering program cultivating courageous leadership in young women during the college years and beyond. BOLD focuses on facilitating opportunities for women’s career development and networking through scholarship funding, programming, and post-graduation fellowships. In the spirit of Helen Gurley Brown, the program equips young women to be innovative agents of change in whatever respective field or industry they decide to pursue. By awarding scholarship and fellowship money, the Initiative will mitigate financial burdens while allowing young leaders to pursue their interests. Ultimately, the program will empower young college women to become leaders in their life and careers after college.

A complete application consists of this form and a copy of your unofficial transcript sent to  If you are interested in applying for the BOLD Scholarship, please do so by 12 noon on Friday, April 23, 2021

The criteria candidates must meet to be considered for the BOLD scholarship are:

●    Junior standing (as of Fall 2021); Class of 2023 or 2023.5

●    Students who identify as women

●    Full-time enrollment

●    Good academic standing

●    Exceptional leadership ability

●    Demonstrated ability to work well in groups

●    BOLD Scholars are required to reside on campus for the duration of the official programming (Spring 2022, Fall 2022, and Spring 2023); students planning to study abroad in Fall 2021 may apply.  Scholars may participate in unofficial programming in the first semester.

From the pool of all applicants, finalists will be invited for individual half-hour interviews via Zoom on Wednesday, May 5 or Friday, May 7 sometime 3-6pm so please save that date/time windows. The Middlebury cohort of 7 women will be selected by early summer 2021.

To find out more about BOLD, there will be an information session next Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 7:00pm. Please write to Elaine Orozco Hammond, BOLD Site Director, for the Zoom link.