Application Eligibility

All applicants must be at least 25 years of age. Applicants must be able to demonstrate leadership in their places of work or in the community and have a strong commitment or desire to serve the public good.

Some program dates may require class participants to adjust their regular schedules. Class members are required to attend the first and last sessions in full, and may be absent from no more than one of the other class days. Class members are expected to arrive on time and stay until the sessions adjourn. Failure to meet these requirements will jeopardize the class member’s graduation and alumni status. If an applicant has a conflict with one or more dates, that applicant is encouraged to apply the following year.

All sessions will be held in downtown Indianapolis, except the trip to Washington, D.C.

While there is no cost to participate in the program, there is a $25 application fee and selected participants will be responsible for paying for their transportation to and from the program and flying to and from Washington D.C. in April. Scholarships are available for those who need assistance. All scholarship requests are kept confidential. Hotel rooms will be provided for sessions that are two days or more.

Dates of the 2018-2019 programs (times are approximate):


Saturday, August 25 (10am – 4pm)

Thursday September 27 at 7pm through Friday September 28 at 4pm

Saturday, October 27 (10am – 4pm)

Friday, December 7 (10am – 4pm)


Tuesday, January 29 (10am – 4pm)

Saturday, February 23 (10am – 4pm)

Friday, March 22 (10am – 4pm)

Wednesday, April 10 through Saturday, April 13 – Washington D.C.

Friday, May 17 (10am – 4pm)


Application Instructions

Please submit your application, along with the $25 application fee by July 13, 2018 (all materials must be received and/or postmarked by July 13). Applications may be submitted online or mailed to:

Hoosier Women Forward, Inc.

PO Box 44253

Indianapolis, IN 46244

You will be notified if your application is incomplete and given an opportunity to resubmit by the deadline.

If chosen as a finalist, you will be contacted to arrange an in-person interview in early August. If you are not selected as a finalist, you will be notified by the end of July.

All applicants for Hoosier Women Forward (HWF) must have references from (2) two community sponsors. Sponsors must complete and submit the information contained on either page 6 or 7. No more than two references will be accepted. HWF Board Members may not sponsor applicants.

All information submitted herein will be kept confidential with the Selection Committee, composed of members of the HWF Board of Directors. The Selection Committee will make every effort to choose a class that reflects the ethnic and geographical diversity in Indiana. Applicants will be judged on accomplishments to date, leadership capabilities, and potential to move Indiana forward with progressive ideas, and a commitment or desire to serve the public good.

Applications will be reviewed on a name-blind basis.

Fill out the online application here.

You may also fill out the application via PDF or Word Doc.