Grant and Scholarship Programs

Executive Alliance supports the advancement of women through grants and scholarships. Since its founding in 1993, Executive Alliance continues to promote the advancement of women in professional and executive positions through two independent programs. 

Executive Alliance Grant Program

Grants are made annually by Executive Alliance to Maryland nonprofit organizations for programs that are aligned with the Executive Alliance's mission.

Executive Alliance Emerging Women Leaders Scholarship

Beginning in 2004, Executive Alliance supports Central Scholarship through an endowed scholarship fund that is awarded to recipients for graduate or professional academic study. 


Executive Alliance Grant Program

Executive Alliance is a 501(c)(3) organization that promotes the success and leadership of accomplished women by expanding their impact and influence through advocacy, education and mentorship activities. Since it's founding in 1993, Executive Alliance has annually supported non-profit's organizational programs that align with its mission and invites these organizations to apply for a grant. Grant awards are made for one year, effective July 1, and grant funds must be expended by June 30 of the following year.

Executive Alliance typically accepts applications starting in mid-January of each year.

Non-profit organizations who are eligible to apply must:

  • Promote the advancement of women, in accordance with the Executive Alliance mission
  • Be incorporated in the state of Maryland
  • Be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code
  • Be registered as a charitable organization and "in good standing" with the Maryland Office of the Secretary of State

Requests ineligible for funding:

  • Grants to individuals
  • Organization endowments
  • Capital improvements
  • Purchase of event tickets, event sponsorship or entertainment
  • Deficit reduction
  • Annual drives or annual giving campaigns that are not directly tied to the program initiatives being applied for
  • Political, requiring adherence to or acceptance of a particular religious belief or requiring participation in a religious service or activity
  • Organizations that discriminate by race, creed, sexual orientation, age, ethnicity, religion, disability or national origin

Former Grant recipients may reapply when the following criteria have been met:

  • The funded program has been completed and all funds spent
  • The organization has complied with all conditions of the grant, including submitting mid year and final reports
  • The organization has not received an award within the past three years from the time the grant was awarded 

Grant Criteria:

A grant may be used only for the purpose stated in the grant application. Grantees are required to provide evidence of progress in brief mid-year and final program reports that must be submitted to the Grants Committee when due. The requirements will be further described in the awards letter. Recipients will be notified in May and will be expected to attend an Executive Alliance membership meeting in July to make a brief presentation on the funded program.

2016 Grant Recipient 

Junior Achievement of Central Maryland, Inc.

Click here to view a full list of past recipients.


Executive Alliance Emerging Women Leaders Scholarship

Beginning in 2004, Executive Alliance supports Central Scholarship through an endowed scholarship fund that is awarded to recipients for graduate or professional academic study. 


For 2015, Katherine Perino was awarded a $5,000 Executive Alliance Emerging Women Leaders Scholarship. Currently in her final year at the University of Virginia School of Law, Perino received her Bachelor of Arts at Tufts University. In addition to school, she is an intern at the Immigrant Advocacy Program at the Legal Aid Justice Center and an Editorial Board Member at the Virginia Journal of International Law


Central Scholarship, founded in 1924, is devoted to helping individuals in Maryland achieve a better life through higher education. The program awards over $1 million annually in scholarships and interest-free loans for career training and undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Central Scholarship also offers College Cash® education sessions to help students and their families become more informed consumers of higher education and reduce their loan burden.

Executive Alliance is honored to support Central Scholarship and their mission to help individuals achieve a better life through higher education.

Past Scholarship Recipients:

Jennifer Volmer, Eastman School of Music, Viola Performance (2005)

Volmer graduated from the Eastman School of Music at New York University in 2008 where she received her Master of Arts; her final GPA was 3.7. Among her awards, Volmer received the Excellence in Chamber Music Award; the George Eastman Grant; and the Howard Hanson Scholarship. She says that she would not have been able to pursue her degree without the help of the Network 2000 scholarship. Volmer is currently a director of digital marketing at OhSayNation. In her free time, she freelances in New York City and teaches music lessons. 

Jackelyn Keller, Stern College, English (2007)

Keller moved to Baltimore City in 2000. An independent student at age 18, due to her father’s unexpected death and her mother’s illness, Central Scholarship provided Keller with a scholarship to attend Stern College. One of her English professors wrote, “She is incredibly bright— the kind of student who stands out even in upper-level honors courses.” Keller graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in English in 2008 with a 3.95 GPA and went on to earn her Master’s in Business Administration at the Fordham Gabelli School of Business. She is currently a client solutions lead at Atlantic Media in New York City.

Jessica Lee, University of Maryland School of Dentistry (2008 and 2009)

Lee earned her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and excelled as a dental student at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. She is passionate about helping under-served communities and her service was recognized when in 2010 she received the Dean’s Outstanding Community Service Award and the Maryland Society of Dentistry for Children Humanitarian Award. Lee also received a number of prestigious awards, including the Arthur J. Nowak Award of Excellence from the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and the Richard C. Pugh Achievement Award from the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Currently, Lee is a pediatric dentist at Metro Community Provider Network in Aurora, Colorado, where she provides pediatric dental care to an under-served population in a nonprofit community-health setting.

A video testimonial about the effect Lee's scholarship played in her life can be viewed here

Sherika Brooks, University of Maryland School of Law (2016)
Sherika's ambitions were cultivated in middle school when she participated in a Seattle-based school program providing students firsthand experience with the struggles and challenges faced by the homeless population. Community service continued to be a priority for her, as evidenced by the President's Gold Volunteer Service Award awarded to her by President Obama in 2012 in recognition of dedicating over 250 hours a year in service to RAINN (the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network). Sherika went on to earn a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from George Washington University in D.C.

Following her graduation, Sherika's career progressed in positions with several local nonprofit and philanthropic organizations in the area. Her experience as a Sustained Impact Manager with Ka BOOM! (a national organization dedicated to providing children in low-income urban areas with safe and accessible playground spaces) brought Sherika to the Baltimore area where she ultimately grew inspired to continue her education in an attempt to serve more people at a higher level.

Sherika began her first semester at University of Maryland School of Law in August 2016, bolstered by the support of her scholarship from Executive Alliance to pursue her goal of becoming a public interest lawyer. In her own words: "I'm going to law school to advocate for others. For the children who are neglected, abused, and having their childhoods stolen; for all of the people who want to find their voice, but are unable to due to circumstances outside their control."

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