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The Vira I. Heinz (VIH) Program for Women in Global Leadership prepares scholars for tomorrow's global challenges by offering a unique opportunity for international experiences, leadership development, and community service. Universities and colleges across Pennsylvania participate in the VIH Program. Three first-time woman travelers from each institution are admitted into the program and receive a scholarship of at least $5,000 to put toward the cost of an international experience of their choosing.  The VIH Program has three principal components: the international experience, the Community Engagement Experience, and two weekend-long intensive leadership development retreats. During the spring semester prior to and the fall semester following their international experiences, the awardees from every VIH institution meet in Pittsburgh, PA. These trainings provide the awardees with the foundation of skills necessary to maximize cultural learnings while abroad and to engage their leadership skills in their own communities upon their return.” Application Deadline November 1

Principal Components

Principal Components

Prepare for your international experience

Develop and enhance your global perspective

Explore the intersection of gender and leadership

Use your newfound passion to make an impact locally