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.

If you are interested in applying for the BOLD Scholarship, please do so by Tuesday, April 30, 2019.  There will be a BOLD information session on Wednesday, April 17at 7pm in Axinn Center 109.

A complete application consists of this form and a copy of your unofficial transcript and a photo sent to bold@middlebury.edu.  The criteria candidates must meet to be considered for the BOLD scholarship are:

  • Junior standing (as of Fall 2019); Class of 2021 or 2021.5
  • 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 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021); students studying abroad in Fall 2019 may apply.  BOLD Scholars who will be on campus in Fall 2019 may participate in unofficial programming in the first semester.

From the pool of all applicants, finalists will be invited for individual half-hour interviews on Thursday, May 9, 2019 sometime 4-7pm.  The Middlebury cohort of 7 women will be selected by early summer 2019.  Students will be selected on the basis of financial need, merit, and leadership potential, with an eye toward the creation of a diverse cohort.