NCCWSL: National Conference for College Women Student Leaders


AAUW’s own National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (aka NCCWSL, pronounced “nick whistle”) is a two-and-a-half-day conference designed to enhance the leadership skills of college women and to promote effectiveness in their work on campus and in their community. NCCWSL will be held May 29-June 1, 2019, at the University of Maryland, College Park.

AAUW Murfreesboro is currently accepting nominations for the AAUW-TN annual NCCWSL scholarship award. The individual elected by the Murfreesboro branch is submitted as our nominee for the Tennessee state scholarship. If AAUW Murfreesboro’s nominee is awarded the AAUW-TN scholarship, AAUW Murfreesboro will contribute an additional $200 in travel funds on top of the cost of registration paid for by the state.

Your nominee should be an undergraduate student with some leadership experience, strong potential for growth in leadership, and good communication skills. The student must also be able to attend NCCWSL upon receipt of the scholarship.

Use this Google form to nominate a student. You will need to provide the following information in the Google form:

  • Student’s full name, mailing address, phone number, and email address
  • Student’s major and expected graduation date
  • Student’s list of extracurricular activities
  • Student’s list of leadership positions held
  • Student’s permission to nominate with agreement to attend NCCWSL if selected
  • A 250-350 word essay in which the student discusses the most valuable lessons they have taken from their extracurricular activities and leadership experiences and how they expect to profit from attending NCCWSL
  • Your reasons for nominating the student and your opinion of how the student will benefit from the NCCWSL experience

Nominations for the 2019 award year are now closed.

Watch a short clip about NCCWSL on YouTube.

NCCWSL is truly a valuable and one-of-a-kind experience for college women. Here’s what AAUW Murfreesboro’s 2014 NCCWSL scholarship recipient, Sophie Moran, had to say about attending the conference.

“As I drove back home, I thought long about the most important message I had gotten from  NCCWSL ’14, and it was this: Women have been conditioned with the same kind of suspicion and skepticism of other women as men have, and it will not do. What women need to do is raise each other up and trust each other, and let the younger generation see us doing it so that they might have that example to go by. Taking care of each other and being kind to each other makes our work easier, and quells the awful stereotypes that have persisted around strong women for far too long. My experience at NCCWSL helped me to not only know that, but to feel it, and I am grateful.”