The Women’s Board Scholarship Program Frequently Asked Questions

Please note: The 2021 Scholarship Program is now closed to applications. 

Q1: When is the deadline to submit my application and supporting documents?

A1: Applications must be submitted by Monday, March 15, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. All supporting documents must be dated and received by us no later than March 15, 2021.

Q2: What happens if I try to submit my application after 5 p.m. on Monday, March 15, 2021?

A2: The system will not accept it. The system will close automatically at 5:00 p.m. and cannot be reopened to accept late applications. The application must be submitted online through the application system; there is no option to send it by email or regular mail. Please give yourself ample time to meet the 5:00 p.m. deadline.

Q3: "I am a male. Can I apply for a scholarship?"......"I am a permanent resident. Am I eligible to apply for a scholarship?"

A3: Yes, to both questions. Several male applicants have received scholarships in the past. Starting with the 2019 scholarships, the Women’s Board decided to open the scholarship program to lawful permanent residents in addition to citizens of the United States. See the list of Acceptable Documents for Proof of United States Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residence. Please note: a driver’s license with a star is acceptable proof of United States citizenship.

Q4: I have a conditional Green Card. May I use that to apply for a scholarship?

A4: No. A conditional Green Card expires after two years and cannot be renewed. You must have a permanent, renewable Green Card.

Q5: Can I save my application and come back to it later to finish it?

A5: No, there is not an option to save your application and come back to it later. We recommend that you collect all data required and complete the personal statement and any other lengthy responses in a Word Document. Then copy and paste your responses into the application. Our system performs updates throughout the day and evening, and your application may reset. Please do not complete parts of the application and submit it hours later as your work may be lost and an error message may appear. We strongly recommend that when you begin your application, you are prepared to complete it and submit it in its entirety.

Q6: Is there a paper application option?

A6: No, we do not accept paper applications or a printed online application.

Q7: What documents can be submitted by mail?

A7: We are working towards a paperless process and prefer all documents to be submitted by email. However, if your school does not have a method to email official transcripts, please send us an email at [email protected] explaining your school’s policy and we will work with you to meet this requirement. In addition, we will accept mailed copies of your proof of citizenship. DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS. Any documents mailed to the PO Box address should be sent well in advance of March 15 in order to meet the deadline.

Q8: If I email my documents, do I also need to submit a paper copy?

A8: No. Please do not send duplicate documents.

Q9: Can I hand deliver my proof of United States Citizenship or lawful permanent residence, official transcript, and letters of recommendation?

A9: No. Due to COVID-19 we are not accepting hand delivered documentation this year.

Q10: Why didn't I get a response to the email I sent asking if you received all of my requirements?

A10: We try to respond as quickly and efficiently as possible to all of your emails; we realize you are anxious to be sure your information has reached us. However, our committee is staffed by volunteers. We receive a large volume of emails and processing each application and document individually takes time. We suggest that you set your email options to request an acknowledgement when we open your email. That way you will know we have received what you sent.

Q11: If I received a Women's Board Scholarship in 2017 or later, do I have to provide a proof of United States Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residence?

A11: Scholarship recipients in 2017 or subsequent years provided proof with their applications at that time and do not have to resubmit it.

Q12: What browser should I use to complete my online scholarship application?

A12: For the best user experience, we recommend using the latest versions of Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Safari browsers to complete your application. 

Q13: What is the impact if I change my major outside the healthcare field?

A13: If a scholarship winner changes their major to one outside the healthcare field, the recipient will not be permitted to use any unpaid scholarship funds.

If you have any additional questions about the Women's Board Scholarship Program, please feel free to contact The Scholarship Committee at [email protected] or leave a message at 301-877-8440.

For the quickest response, we recommend communicating via email.