These programs open in February each year; nominations are due in May each year. Awards are made in conjunction with the WIFLE Annual Leadership Training (usually held each June).
WIFLE formally solicits Agencies by letter once a year to nominate individuals who have demonstrated achievements outstanding enough to compete for the various annual WIFLE Awards. WIFLE is the only non-profit organization to offer these awards to recognize exceptional courage, outstanding accomplishments, and significant contributions that have advanced the recruitment, retention, and promotion of women in federal law enforcement. Additionally, WIFLE honors a federal prosecutor for exceptional work resulting in the conviction of individual(s) for trafficked women or children for sexual exploitation; committed or attempted to commit a crime of violence against women/or any minority group; committed a civil rights violation; and other heinous criminal offenses.
WIFLE offers two types of scholarships each year. If you are a WIFLE Regular or Associate Member (or a Regular or Associate Member sponsoring an individual), eligibility criteria is under the WIFLE Members Scholarship. If you are not a member of WIFLE, eligibility criteria is under WIFLE Scholarship.
- WIFLE Members Scholarship
WIFLE awards one scholarship in the amount of $1,500 per year to a Regular or Associate Member or Regular or Associate Member sponsored applicant. Once selected for the award, the student will receive an additional automatic $1,500 in the following year without renewing the application. Applicants sponsored by a WIFLE Regular or Associate Member (in good standing) and WIFLE regular or Associate Members sponsoring themselves (who are members in good standing) are eligible.
- physically attend and be a full-time student at an accredited four-year college or university; or be currently enrolled full time in a fully accredited community college with the intention of transferring to a four-year degree;
- have completed at least one full academic year of college work at an accredited college or university or community college;
- major in Criminal Justice or a related discipline such as social sciences, public administration, computer science, finance, linguistic arts, chemistry, physics, etc., leading to a four-year degree (Students in graduate and postgraduate programs are also eligible; students pursuing Associate degrees are not eligible, unless as stated above, fully articulate in the application their intention to transfer to a four-year program.);
- have a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average (GPA);
- demonstrate a commitment to the community through a 500-word essay describing their involvement in a community project, and the results or impact of that involvement to the community; OR, if the applicant is currently serving or has served an internship with a law enforcement agency, preferably a federal law enforcement agency, the applicant must provide details including the name of the agency, the dates served and describe the value of the experience and the accomplishment through the internship in a 500-word essay;
- have at least one community leader or member of a community or police official sponsor their application with a written statement of support;
- submit a completed application with the required information, 500-word essay, transcripts, and a recommendation letter from a community leader or police official;
- be a citizen of the United States.
These programs open in February each year; nominations are due in May each year.