2023 Award Program Key Dates

About the Maggie Lena Walker Award

The Maggie Lena Walker Award recognizes 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

Nominee Full Name *
Job Title *
Employer / Organization *
Nominee Email *
Nominee Contact Number *
Which award are you being nominated for? *

Maggie Lena Walker’s legacy is focused on economic inclusion and creating opportunity for her community. Explain the problem you are addressing, how the solution you have created enables economic empowerment, and how the population served builds on Maggie’s legacy. (350 words max) *
For Achievement Award Nominees: What inspired you to get involved in your work, and what has kept you inspired as you economically empower and support your communities? (250 words max)
For Emerging Leader Award Nominees: What inspired you to get involved in your work, and what are your long-term goals to support underserved communities and advance economic inclusion? (250 words max) *
Please share one to three examples of how your work has created economic opportunity and the impact it has on your community (local, national or global). (350 words max) *
How would winning, and the support you would receive from PayPal, further your mission? (250 words max) *

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