When you educate a woman, you impact a generation.
Our membership know that education is the key to women's empowerment.
Since 1987, the Women’s Forum Education Fund Award has recognized and supported extraordinary women over the age of 35, who have overcome extreme adversity to resume their education. Our unrestricted $10,000 grants are awarded directly to the recipient for any costs associated with advancing her education.
Only 1 in 6 children
born into low-income households will receive a college degree and women who have their Bachelor’s Degree earn on average $800,000 more than those without.
The 2023 Elly Awards
Annual fundraiser to benefit the Education Fund which provides financial awards for women over 35 completing their first college degrees. The event also recognizes women leaders and this year we will honor journalists fighting misinformation: Audie Cornish, Sarah Longwell and Lesley Stahl.JOIN US!
Thank you to the Sy Syms Foundation for generously underwriting the 2022 Elly Awards video.
Application and Eligibility
The Education Fund Award is open to women aged 35 and over. Applicants must reside in New York City and attend a two-year or four-year institution in pursuit of their first Associate or Bachelor’s degree.LEARN MORE
Dates and Deadlines
September 1, 2022
2023 application period begins.
February 8, 2023
Online application including letters of recommendation must be complete and submitted.
June 30, 2023
Applicants will be notified by email if they have been selected for the award.
The Elly Awards
Since 2011, this fundraising event has gathered Forum members and guests to honor both our Education Fund Scholars and trailblazing women leaders from across the city.Read more about past Elly Awards