Applications for our 2014 program will open on July 20, 2013.
Emerge Maryland seeks bright, self-motivated women who are committed to effective and ethical political leadership.
Criteria for selection include:
• evidence of political leadership experience or potential, and meaningful involvement in workplace or community;
• interest in pursuing political office;
• demonstrated ability to bring together disparate groups to achieve a goal;
• ability and desire to build effective networks;
• ability to articulate a personal political vision;
• demonstrated ability to inspire others;
• commitment to full participation and attendance requirements of the trainings.
Applicants must be women who are registered Democrats and reside in Maryland
Emerge Maryland will select 20 women who meet the above criteria and who we believe have the potential to be political leaders.
Emerge embraces diversity and encourages applications from all women regardless of age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, marital status, religious affiliation, sexual orientation or physical abilities.
Emerge Maryland will review completed applications and select finalists for the Program. Finalists will be invited to attend an interview with a selection committee. From these interviews, the Program members will be selected.
Emerge Maryland’s program will run from October to April; seven months, one weekend day per month, two overnight two-day trainings, and one weekday to travel to Annapolis for a day at the State House, delivering approximately 75 hours of training. The success of the Emerge program depends upon commitment to the program's entire schedule by each participant. Some time outside of regularly scheduled seminars will be necessary for class preparation and homework.
Tuition for the Emerge Maryland Program is $500 with an agreement by each program member to raise another $500 for Emerge Maryland during the 7 month program. A non-refundable $100 deposit is due upon acceptance to the program. The balance of $400 is due before the third month of the Program. Payment options will be available.
Tuition paid to Emerge Maryland, offsets, but does not completely cover the cost of providing the weekend training sessions and includes 75 hours of training with top rated trainers and consultants, meals including breakfast, lunch and snacks throughout the training, and training materials.
Emerge Maryland believes that individual financial circumstances should not be a barrier to participation in the Program. Partial financial aid may be awarded after admission to the Program.
A non-refundable application fee of $35 is required for your application to be considered complete. Late applications will be charged an extra $50.
The success of the Emerge Maryland Program depends upon commitment to the Program's entire schedule by each participant. Over the seven-month period, approximately 75 Program hours are scheduled. Some time outside of regularly scheduled seminars will be necessary for seminar preparation.
During the course of the seven-month Program, participants are also required to participate in fundraising activity that will benefit Emerge Maryland.
The first step to applying will include registration. (please note, though requested, a photo is NOT required)
Once you have submitted your registration you'll receive instructions on how to sign back in to complete your application. The full application includes:
• Updated Resume [The file must be a .doc/.docx or a PDF file format and be less than 2 mb]
• 4 Short Essay Questions (may be cut and pasted, see instructions)
• 2 References
• A non-refundable application fee
• Scholarship Information
Your application will be complete once you have:
1) completed the online application,
2) submitted the application fee, and
3) Emerge Maryland has received two letters of reference (see online application.)
You are responsible for ensuring that your application is complete.
Applicants, mark your calendars and reserve the following dates for the program.
1st day Friday 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, October 25, 2013
2nd day Saturday, October 26, 2013
3rd day Saturday, November 16, 2013
4th day Saturday,December 14, 2013
5th day Saturday, January 11, 2014
6th day Tuesday, January 28, 2014
7th day Saturday, February 22, 2014
8th and 9th days Saturday and Sunday, March 8 and 9, 2014
10th day Saturday April 5, 2014
Graduation Day TBA
We are here to help you, whether you are trying to decide if running for office is for you, or you need help completing your application, or you have questions about the program. Please contact us at email@example.com or call Diane Fink, Executive Director at 301-788-1661