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Hot Off the Press: Apply Now for MCSW’s New Scholarship Program

The below is a press release circulated to media contacts statewide in January 2024 announcing the launch of the MCSW’s inaugural scholarship program. To learn more and apply, click here.

Contact: Ellen Moorhouse, Communications and Marketing Director, MCSW / (351) 220-8646

The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) Launches New Scholarship for Women Students

Boston, Mass (January 10, 2024) – The State Women’s Commission is proud to announce the launch of a new scholarship program which aims to support emerging leaders of the Commonwealth to continue their education journey to leadership and economic empowerment. 

The mission of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) is to provide a permanent, effective voice for women and girls across Massachusetts, and to innovatively promote and empower the women of the Commonwealth. Designed to support woman-identifying students already enrolled in a Massachusetts Public Higher Education Institution, scholarships will be available to help an individual complete their degree. 

“This new program seeks to provide funding for women students, who may not be able to access scholarship and grant funding typically available to more traditional students, to continue their education and path to economic success,” said MCSW State Commissioner Denella Clark, serving as the Chair of the new Scholarship Committee. 

The MCSW will award 5 individuals with a scholarship of $5000 each for the 2024-2025 academic year. Applicants must complete the online application and submit supporting materials no later than March 1, 2024. Applicants must currently be enrolled in an accredited degree or certificate program in Massachusetts and have completed at least one year towards their degree. The funds from this scholarship will go towards tuition, fees, books and related supplies or equipment for study.  All funds awarded are provided by the MCSW Trust Fund.   

The Commission exists to provide a permanent, effective voice for women across Massachusetts. The MCSW represents and recognizes all women, regardless of their age, race, color, creed, abilities, language, socio-economic status, immigration status, sexual orientation, or gender assigned at birth.  


The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) is an independent state agency created in 1998 to provide a permanent, effective voice for women of the Commonwealth and to promote their rights, opportunities, and equality for all. Follow MCSW on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn to learn more and get engaged. 

Additional Resources

MCSW Scholarship Page

MCSW Scholarship Application

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