Junior League of Cleveland 2023 – 2024 Sustainer Scholarship Fund honoring Sustainer Susan Larson

A Scholarship for Women Pursuing a Degree in Education


Who qualifies for our scholarship?

Applicants must be women pursuing a degree in Education.

  • Applicants must be at least 17 years old; THERE IS NO AGE CAP
  • Applicants must be permanent residents of one of the following Ohio Counties: Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, or Trumbull
  • Applicants attending a 4-year college or university must be within 2 years of graduating with her degree in Education
  • The JLC’s Signature Initiative is improving the outcomes of young women aging out of foster care, students who have been placed in a foster care system are encouraged to apply

What types of assistance are available?

  • $5000.00 per academic year, renewable for up to 2 academic years
  • Funds to assist with the cost of tuition, books and/or program supplies at an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university.

 How are scholarship funds awarded?

  • Funds will be awarded for the student’s use for her current or upcoming term of educational needs.
  • The Junior League of Cleveland (JLC) will disburse the funds directly to the institution of the recipient’s choice.

How do applicants qualify for a scholarship?

  • Applicants must complete the scholarship fund application (please see below)
  • Applicants must submit a personal essay (please see below)
  • Applicants must supply one letter of recommendation supporting the applicant that is sent to the JLC separately from the application (please see below)

Information and Applications

  • Inquiries may be made to the Junior League of Cleveland Sustainer Scholarship Fund by calling (216) 231-6300 or by emailing scholarship@jlcleveland.org
  • Copies of this application and eligibility requirements are available at www.jlcleveland.org 

 Important Details

  • Members of the Junior League of Cleveland and their immediate families are not eligible
  • Scholarship recipients must use funds to attend an established, accredited college or university (e.g., tuition/program fees, books, supplies)
  • Funds may be used to pay current and upcoming tuition; they cannot be used to pay off loans
  • Funds are disbursed directly to the educational institution
  • Applicants may receive a phone call or email during the selection process requesting further information
  • Applicants should keep a copy of all materials submitted to the Junior League of Cleveland
  • Applicants should send only requested materials; no other materials will be considered
  • Applicants may reapply if they have not been awarded a JLC scholarship in the past

  Very Important Notes

  • Applications may be submitted via postal mail or electronic mail; if submitting via postal mail, applications should be single-sided and paper-clipped together
  • The application, personal essay, and letter of recommendation must be POSTMARKED or SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY by JUNE 30, 2023
  • The Junior League of Cleveland Sustainer Scholarship Fund Committee will notify recipients by Monday, July 17, 2023


The Sustainer Scholarship Fund Application, Personal Essay, and Letter of Recommendation must be postmarked or submitted electronically by June 30, 2023, to: 

Junior League of Cleveland 

Attn: JLC Sustainer Scholarship Fund Committee 

3615 Superior Avenue E. 

Building 44, Fourth Floor, Suite 4404C 

Cleveland, OH 44106 

or via email at scholarship@jlcleveland.org



Personal Essay

Please write your essay to answer the question:
Include information in your essay that states why you want to be an Educator and how this scholarship will assist your educational goals.  Also, please outline your academic and professional goals within this essay. The essay should not exceed two 8½” x 11” pieces of paper.


Letter of Recommendation

Only one letter of recommendation is required. This recommendation should come from an individual who knows you well and can discuss your work, volunteer, or academic experience. This letter is important in our decision-making process. It cannot be from a present or former member of the JLC. The letter of recommendation is not to exceed one 8½” x 11” piece of paper.
Please instruct the individual writing your letter of recommendation to send it via postal mail or electronically directly to the JLC at:
Junior League of Cleveland
Attn: JLC Sustainer Scholarship Fund Committee
3615 Superior Avenue E.
Building 44, Fourth Floor, Suite 4404C
Cleveland, OH 44106
The recommendation must be postmarked or submitted electronically by June 30, 2023. 



Junior League of Cleveland Sustainer Scholarship Fund Application

Please return this completed application POSTMARKED by Tuesday, June 30, 2023.



Personal Information 


Educational Background (Please include institution name, address, dates attended, and degrees and/or certificates received)
A letter of recommendation in a separate mailing will arrive from:
Financial Need