Texas Woman’s University Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy awards Texas residents $90,000 in grants, making LBJ Women's Campaign School tuition free for admitted Texans.
AUSTIN, TEXAS—Today, members of the LBJ Women’s Campaign School Class of 2021 were awarded $90,000 in grants from the Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy at Texas Woman’s University (CWPPP) to cover registration fee costs, helping to close socioeconomic gaps in political participation. The Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy is also offering grants for computer equipment for those with financial need.
The Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy is a program of TWU's Jane Nelson Institute for Women's Leadership, which is dedicated to preparing women to take on successful roles in business and public service to ensure women have the education to establish careers as successful C-suite executives, the skills for building entrepreneurial businesses and the framework needed to run for public office.
These grants come at an especially important time, just days after Texans face the economic constraints caused by Winter Storm Uri and the ongoing economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The grants from Texas Woman’s University allow us to lift all women who want to serve their communities in the political arena, regardless of socioeconomic status." —Amy Kroll (MPAff '20), founder and executive director, LBJ Women's Campaign School
The LBJ Women’s Campaign School trains women to run for elected office or become campaign managers in an eight-month, virtual program. In January, the program graduated its first class of 50 women change-makers. These women are doctors, nurses, entrepreneurs, teachers, lawyers, community activists and veterans who are stepping up to lead in their communities during a time of national crisis. The bipartisan group, made up mostly by women of color, joined the program from eight states.
This nonpartisan, issue-neutral program brings together top political experts from across the nation to lead an immersive training program on topics including media relations, public speaking, fundraising and more. Through a bipartisan approach to training, the future elected officials and political staff can build understanding across party lines to create a stronger democracy for all Americans.
"A strong democracy means that all voices are heard," said LBJ Women’s Campaign School Founder and Executive Director Amy Kroll. "The grants from Texas Woman’s University allow us to lift all women who want to serve their communities in the political arena, regardless of socioeconomic status."
"We are proud to partner with the LBJ Women’s Campaign School to support women who seek to better position themselves to break barriers in Texas politics," said Mary Anne Alhadeff, executive director and chief officer of the Jane Nelson Institute. "These grants align with our mission to increase the number of women in political leadership."
Applications are open now and will close on March 15. To apply, visit lbjwcs.org.
About the LBJ School of Public Affairs
The LBJ School, one of the nation's top 10 public affairs schools, offers master's degrees in domestic and global affairs, making a difference, not only within the walls of academia, but also in the public and social dialogue of the world. Its effectiveness in channeling the purpose and passion of students into professional careers is evident in the success of more than 4,500 graduates who are the living legacy of President Johnson's bold and fearless action. The school celebrated a half-century of impact in 2020. For more, visit lbj.utexas.edu, and find us on social media: @thelbjschool.