Dorothy B. Brothers  Scholarship Opportunity for WBEs


Apply for the 2016 Dorothy B. Brothers Scholarship!

Application deadline: Monday, May 2, 2016

Please submit your completed application and any questions to

WBENC is proud to offer the Dorothy B. Brothers Scholarship to its Women Business Enterprises (WBEs) as an opportunity to receive up to $11,000 in tuition to attend some of the best executive education programs in the country. If awarded the scholarship, the WBE will choose from a list of WBENC approved executive programs to develop their business and themselves professionally to better serve their company. 

Dorothy B. Brothers

Dorothy B. Brothers

The History of the Scholarship:

WBENC suffered a great loss in the passing of Dorothy B. Brothers in July 2002. Ms. Brothers was a Supplier Diversity & Development executive, and WBENC board member. The Dorothy B. Brothers Scholarship was founded by Ms. Brothers and was made available to owners of WBENC-Certified Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs) firms looking to attend executive programs. This scholarship provides women business owners access to the same high caliber executive development that is available to Fortune 500 Companies and a framework that enables WBEs to formulate and implement business strategies and achieve a competitive advantage in the new millennium.


Candidate Eligibility

Candidates should meet the following criteria for scholarship consideration:

  1. Currently certified and in good standing as a Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) by WBENC
  2. Must be the owner of the organization
  3. Have at least three-to-five years experience running their business
  4. Employ at least three full-time employees
  5. Maintain a minimum annual sales volume of $500,000 (the range is $500,000 to $50,000,000)**
  6. Have not recently attended an executive management program (Tuck-WBENC Executive Program graduates are eligible to apply, but preference will be given to WBEs that have not already received a scholarship).
  7. Have not previously been awarded a Dorothy B. Brothers Scholarship

**Any exceptions to the eligibility criteria should be explained in detail in the essay. While the acceptable range for scholarship eligibility is $500,000 to $50,000,000, businesses outside of this range that believe they have a compelling reason to receive a scholarship are welcome to apply. Please outline your reason(s) in the essay portion.

How to Apply

The Dorothy B. Brothers Scholarship application is now available! Please click here to download and email completed applications to

All applications are due before Monday, May 2, 2016.

For any questions on the scholarship or application please contact Lindsay Burger at or by phone at 202-872-5515, ext. 8102.

Approved Schools

As an ongoing process, WBENC reviews the executive programs currently identified for availability, criteria, and value to ensure that they comply with WBENC's goals and objectives. Additional programs may be added as appropriate. Executive programs are selected to meet the developmental needs of the scholarship winners. Scholarship recipients may choose outside of the list below only with approval by WBENC.

Currently, the following schools are approved for use of the Dorothy B. Brothers Scholarship:

  • WBENC’s executive program: the Tuck-WBENC Executive Program brought to you by IBM
  • Berkeley Center for Executive Education, University of California at Berkeley
  • Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia
  • Dartmouth Tuck School
  • Harvard Business School
  • Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  • Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California
  • McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin
  • University of California at Los Angeles, UCLA Anderson

Click here to see a detailed listing of the approved programs with pricing and overviews.

What to Expect if Awarded a Scholarship

If awarded the Dorothy B. Brothers Scholarship, WBENC will pay for the program/school of your choice, whether it's $2,500 or $11,000 in tuition. The scholarship does not cover travels costs for the selected program and the awardee may only attend one program. Tuition fees are paid directly to the school selected, not the WBE. If the program fee is less than $11,000, the WBE may not receive the difference and will not be able to attend a second program using the remainder.

Contributions to the  Dorothy B. Brothers Scholarship Fund

Contact Lindsay Burger at 202-872-5515, ext. 8102 or for information about how to contribute to the scholarship.

Previous Dorothy B. Brothers Scholarship Recipients

Over 200 WBENC certified women business enterprises have be awarded this prestigious scholarship to advance themselves and their companies.


One of the many benefits of WBENC is the Dorothy B. Brothers Scholarship. I was awarded this scholarship to attend the Tuck-WBENC Executive Program, where I gained insights into my leadership, methods to grow my company, and made new, lasting relationships with other WBENC entrepreneurs. The Dorothy B. Brothers Scholarship made my decision to attend the Tuck-WBENC Executive Program effortless.” 

̶ Darby Bruno, BEI

“Having the opportunity to attend an Executive Program at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University developed my self-confidence to create strategies for reaching new clients and deepening my relationship with existing ones. The program provided exceptional teachers who coached us through the thought-provoking curriculum, as well as ongoing networking opportunities that I know will open a wide range of doors to an exciting new path to the future.”

̶ Barbara Bosha, Bosha Design + Communications

“The Dorothy B. Brothers Scholarship provided me with an amazing opportunity to attend a week-long Leadership and Strategic Impact Program at Dartmouth Tuck School. I found the ability to step outside of my company and gain insight into the theory behind operating a business to be invaluable. I left the program with solid action steps and significant insights for managing my business including the 360 degree feedback I received from my team. I am most appreciative of the Scholarship, and the opportunity it provided for me to look at my company, my team, and my management approach with a new perspective.”

̶ Gayle Piraino, GAP Promotions LLC