Women leaders are the most untapped competitive edge for the future global world. The most astute organizations know that women have unique strengths and perspectives necessary to become a driving force in leading change. Empowering Women as Leaders (EWL) was founded in 2004 as a non-profit organization in the spirit of women supporting women to change the world.

Our Mission

Our mission is to support women in achieving their highest potential through scholarships, mentoring and networking.

Our Vision

Our vision is that:

  • Women achieve success despite financial, educational & social obstacles.
  • Successful women are fulfilled by sharing their wisdom and resources.

EWL's Uniqueness

Not only does EWL provide scholarships, each STAR recipient also receives mentoring throughout the duration of her college education and during the next two years after graduation. Their mentors are women who have worked to achieve success both personally and professionally.

In all that we do, EWL members:

  • Promote mentoring and education.
  • Leverage personal success to help other women succeed.
  • Uphold the highest standard of ethics.
  • Are professional.

The non-traditional student is described by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) as someone who:

  • Delays enrollment (does not enter post secondary education in the same calendar year that she finished high school)
  • Attends part-time for at least part of the academic year
  • Works full-time (35 hours or more per week) while enrolled
  • Is considered financially independent for purposes of determining eligibility for financial aid
  • Has dependents other than a spouse (usually children, but sometimes others)
  • Is a single parent (either not married or married but separated and has dependents)
  • Does not have a high school diploma (completed high school with a GED or other high school completion certificate or did not finish high school)