A student is eligible for participation in the Women’s Leadership Initiative if she:

  • Is enrolled in one of the majors in the College of Health and Human Development or the College of Nursing
  • Is a full-time undergraduate student enrolled at University Park during the 2015-16 academic year
  • Has a cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 or higher
  • Is an upper division student (60-90 credit hours) at the beginning of fall semester, 2015
  • Is graduating no sooner than fall semester 2016
Alex Koller

“Being a part of the WLI was more than a lesson in leadership. I learned that I was capable of more than I believed. The lessons I learned in WLI helped me lead other organizations while at Penn State and enter my graduate program knowing that I can express my thoughts and ideas confidently to a room full of people.”

-Alex Koller, WLI 2011-12

The ideal applicant for WLI will:

  • Be open to change
  • Be willing to engage in deep reflection - learning about herself and others
  • Be committed to learning about leadership, developing leadership skills, and practicing those skills

Read more about the WLI student experience

Application 2015-16

  • The application period for the 2015-2016 academic year has passed.

Application checklist

Application Deadline

The application deadline for the 2015-16 academic year has passed. Those wishing to apply for the 2016-2017 year should visit this website in December 2015.

Please chose one of the following submission formats:

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Additional Information

  • The Women’s Leadership Initiative is limited to 30 registered students.
  • Students earn 4 credit hours (2 in fall, 2 in spring) in a 400-level course for full participation.
  • Talk to your academic adviser now to explore ways this unique learning opportunity might fit in to your academic and professional portfolio.