Mount Holyoke College
Weissman Center for Leadership

WCL Student Leadership Grant Application

Before completing this application, please advise your recommenders to submit a reference form.


Please upload an updated resume that includes your major/minor course of study, GPA, volunteer positions, and work experience.

Files must be less than 800 KB.
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Please email an unofficial transcript to:
Please indicate in the subject line of your email: Transcript for Grant for PLEN

Reference Letters

Please list the names of two references who can discuss your academic goals and leadership qualities, and/or who are familiar with the project for which you are requesting funds. At least one letter of reference should be from a professor. 

Reference 1:

Reference 2:


Files must be less than 800 KB.
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Students should plan to contribute 20% of anticipated expenses.

Please indicate other potential sources of funds to whom you plan to apply for financial support and commitments received.

Source Amount Requested Amount Confirmed
Please indicate the total amount of funds you are requesting from the Weissman Center


Please upload a 2-3 page proposal addressing the areas below.

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  • A reflection on what motivated you to pursue attending a PLEN leadership policy seminar.
  • How your academic, extracurricular activities, and/or work experience demonstrate your commitment to public service and/or public policy.
  • An explanation of your career interest in either policy or public service.
  • Your conceptions of leadership, and at least one situation in which you viewed yourself as a leader. What did you learn from this experience? What was the most rewarding aspect of this role? What did you find most challenging and how did you address this?
  • How you imagine PLEN will support your growth both as a leader and in your advancing your career interest.
  • A plan for how you would share your PLEN experience with the Mount Holyoke College community.