national Women's
Martial Arts Federation

Scholarship Application Guidelines

The Mission of NWMAF is to empower women, girls and female identified people to achieve personal and collective strength, safety, and well being through martial arts, healing arts, and self-defense education. One way we strive to fulfill that mission is by offering need-based scholarships to our members to assist them in attending Self-Defense, martial or healing arts events. Scholarship funds are donated by members and scholarship recipients are selected by the Board.

What Scholarships Cover: Scholarships are for direct event costs only. Optional expenses are not covered by scholarship funds. If you have special needs that add to your expenses make sure to explain them in your application.

Full scholarships are rarely given, and therefore an important part of your application is to provide a realistic plan to for how you will pay the balance of your expenses.

Scholarship Availability: Available scholarship funds vary from year to year. We do our best to help as many people as possible, but there is no guarantee that every applicant will receive a scholarship.

 Scholarship Recipient Obligations:  Scholarships carry no work requirement or obligation. All NWMAF members are equally encouraged to volunteer at NWMAF events.

Applicants for Special Training Scholarships: If you submit your application for a Special Training scholarship by the deadline you will be eligible for the early registration rate whether you receive an award or not. Please do not register online or send a registration form with your scholarship application – you will receive special registration information when the scholarship awards have been finalized which will allow you to register at the early registration rate even if you are not chosen to receive a scholarship award.

Scholarship Deadlines: Scholarship application open when registration opens. The final deadline for scholarship applications is 4 weeks prior to Special Training/Self-Defense Instructor’s Conference. Apply early to ensure best chance of financial support. Please reach out to our Development Coordinator ( with any questions about scholarships.

Scholarship Award Criteria

This is a need-based scholarship available to NWMAF members. We encourage everyone to apply regardless of age, ethnicity, immigration status, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, or religious affiliation. Our goal is for scholarships to offset the financial burden of anyone who might like to join us at camp. Families are especially encouraged to apply!

  • Complete Application – incomplete applications will not be considered
  • Member in Good Standing – only current members who are in good standing are eligible for scholarships. Join NWMAF Today!

People who meet one or more of the following categories are given higher consideration during application review: 

  • Financial need
  • First-time attendees
  • Financial plan (provision of realistic plans on how applicants will pay their balance)
  • Mothers/parents and their children
  • Diversity of age, ethnicity, ability status, and/or other identities or lived experiences

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