The Women of Courage award is inspired by the lifetime work of Congresswoman Jackie Speier who in her roles as a mother, attorney, congressional staffer and elected official has shown resilience in overcoming tragedy and life threatening situations and fortitude in taking on powerful political forces. She has become a leading champion of women's rights, individual privacy and consumer safety. This $25,000 annual award is granted to young women who show outstanding courage in their efforts to make the world a better place. 

Fill out this form to nominate a young women who exemplifies courage in service to others, in the spirit of Jackie Speier. You should know the nominee closely and be able to speak to her service work. 

Examples of courage in serving others could be, but are not limited to:

  • Innovative work in science and technology
  • Groundbreaking investigative journalism
  • Leadership in civic activism 
  • Advocating for environmental sustainability
  • Organizing grassroots movements

The nominee must be:

  • Female identifying
  • 18-30 years old
  • Live, work or serve others in San Mateo County

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.

Nominations should be submitted by midnight on October 15th, 2020 in order to be considered.

Questions? Please contact Savannah Lira, PVF Program Officer: 

Please follow these steps in order to nominate someone:

  1. Click the Create Your Account button below to create an account and fill out the nomination form. You will then be taken directly to the nomination form.
  2. Complete the form and click submit. (Please note you can save a draft of your nomination form and return at a later time before officially submitting it.)

Who: If you are enrolled in the 5th-8th grade at one of our Partner sites, you can apply for a Youth Opportunity scholarship to try something new!

What: Apply for up to $500 to cover the cost of a class or program you want to do, such as dance classes, music lessons, art courses, sports and more. Check out the resource lists for ideas.

When: Contact your YOS Site Liaison to find out when the applications are due.

How: Please follow these steps in order to apply:

  1. Create a Submittable login account. 
  2. Complete the following online application. You can save a draft of your application and work on it later if you want.
  3. Submit your application when you are done. Once you hit submit, your application is final and cannot be edited. (If you need to make any changes, please check in with your YOS Site Liaison.)

Please Note: Before you apply, find out if the activity provider can accept a check for payment.

Questions? Please contact Aly Quiroz-Perez, PVF Program Associate:


Renewals will be made to full-time students earning a GPA of 3.0 or higher.  If your scholarship is renewed, a check will be mailed directly to your school at the beginning of August 2020.  In order to be considered for renewal,  you should submit the following information using the form below no later than June 30, 2020:

1) A completed 2020-2021 renewal balance sheet

2) A personal narrative regarding your 2019-2020 academic year

3) An official or unofficial copy of your transcripts for 2019-2020

If you are able to request official transcripts, please send by mail to: 

Philanthropic Ventures Foundation

Attn: Grace Scholarship Program

1222 Preservation Park Way

Oakland, CA  94612-1201

PVF staff will then upload the transcripts to your application portal.

4)  A copy of your Financial Aid Award Letter for the 2020-2021 year, including all financial assistance for the year. 

5)  A statement of billable costs for the upcoming school year.

6)  Your current contact information

If you have any questions, please contact Savannah Lira, Program Officer at Philanthropic Ventures Foundation - 510-645-1890 or 

Philanthropic Ventures Foundation