2022 Award Program Key Dates

About the Maggie Lena Walker Award

The Maggie Lena Walker Award celebrates and promotes the achievements of underrepresented women who have charted new paths in their industries, demonstrated a commitment to economically empowering those in their communities and are ultimately creating a more inclusive, dynamic and equal world.

The award recognizes women who are part of underrepresented minority groups defined in the U.S. as African American, Hispanic or Latinx, Native American or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders and those of two or more races that include one of the above.

Nominees must be a citizen of the U.S. and be doing work focused on economic empowerment and/or creating economic opportunities in the U.S.

Each year, we select award recipients in each of the following categories:

Maggie Lena Walker Achievement Award:

This award celebrates individuals who, through their career and accomplishments, have economically empowered those in their community. The winner will be awarded $50,000.

Maggie Lena Walker Emerging Leader Award:

This award recognizes “rising star” leaders who are charting new paths in their industry and creating opportunities for advancement in their communities. Three winners will be awarded $20,000 each.

Application Form

Nominator’s Full Name (if applicable)
Job Title
Employer / Organization
Contact Number
Nominee Full Name *
Job Title *
Employer / Organization *
Nominee Email *
Nominee Contact Number *
Which award do you wish to nominate an individual for? *

In one to two sentences, please explain why you are nominating this person for the Maggie Lena Walker Award? Please limit your answer to 150 words. *
Maggie Lena Walker’s legacy is focused on economic inclusion and creating opportunity for her community. Explain the problem the nominee is addressing, how the solution the nominee has created enables economic empowerment, and how the population served builds on Maggie’s legacy. (350 words max) *
Please share one to three examples of how the nominee’s work has created economic opportunity and the impact it has on their community (local, national or global). (350 words max) *
How would winning, and the support the nominee/you would receive from PayPal, further their/your mission? (250 words max) *
Is the individual aware that you have nominated them? *


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