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"I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn her back on life." – Eleanor Roosevelt



Please note: Scholarships are only available for residential students aged 12-18yrs.

Who is eligible to apply for a scholarship? The Foundation will accept applications from girls and young women between the ages of 12 and 18. Applicants must be 12 years of age by September 1, 2021. The Foundation's review committee will give special consideration to applicants from underserved communities as well as first time applicants.

How to apply for a scholarship:

To apply for a scholarship, please click on the link below then download and print the Foundation’s 2021 scholarship application.

Please be sure to complete every section. Incomplete applications will be returned, which will delay the review process. Please be sure to include the following four (4) pages in your application:

1) The personal information page,
2) Your personal statement/leadership essay (one page max),
3) A letter of recommendation from a coach, teacher, or mentor (one page max), and
4) The financial information page.

Important note for former scholarship recipients:
If each requirement stated in the "How to apply for a scholarship" section is met, former scholarship recipients are eligible to receive a partial scholarship valued at $498 to cover half of the Academy tuition.

If you are a former scholarship recipient, please pay special attention to the “Personal Statement” section of the Foundation’s scholarship application.

Completed applications can be submitted by email (preferred) mail or regular mail to the following:


Mailing Address:

The Julie Foudy Leadership Foundation

29891 Hillside Terrace

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

What is the value of the scholarship?

Scholarships for first time recipients are valued at the full cost of the Academy tuition, which is $995.

Scholarships for former scholarship recipients are valued at half the cost of the Academy tuition, which is $498. The balance of the tuition ($497) must be paid by the individual.

  • Travel expenses to and from the Academy location are not included.

What are the submission requirements and deadlines for 2021?

  • The deadline for first time applicants to submit an application for the 2021 summer Academy session is May 15, 2021. Applications from first time applicants submitted after May 15, 2021 will not be considered.

  • The deadline for former scholarship recipients to submit an application for the 2021 Academy session is April 15, 2021. Applications from former scholarship recipients submitted after April 15, 2020 will not be considered.

  • The Foundation will award scholarships on a rolling basis, in the order in which applications are received.

  • Incomplete applications will be returned.

  • Families applying for a scholarship should not complete the Academy’s online registration before hearing from the Foundation regarding the status of their student’s scholarship application. Recipients will not lose a spot at their preferred Academy location while waiting for a final decision from the Foundation’s review committee.

Notification and Application Acceptance:
Upon completion of the application review process, the Foundation will contact all applicants by email and/or by phone. At this time, each applicant will be informed of the final decision made, based solely on the application submitted. Please assume that your application is still under review if you have not been contacted directly by the Foundation’s Director.

Still have Questions?
Please email your questions regarding the scholarship application process to Kerri McClellan at:

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