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The 2023 Inaugural Class has been announced!


Welcome to the Texas Federation of Republican Women’s 40 Under 40 Award & Fellowship. Under this award, we are honoring republican women across the state of Texas for their accomplishments. Additionally, the fellowship is designed for mentorship, professional development, and networking for women. This award is designed for anyone interested in the political process at any level because we’re committed to helping build the strongest leaders for Texas.

About TFRW

TFRW provides the avenue for women to influence policy, develop candidates, and elect the leaders of Texas. We are a multi-generational, multicultural organization that provides the structure and support for political activists to learn, engage, and flourish.

The Texas Federation of Republican Women actively supports Republican candidates, while providing strength and unity for political action. We encourage Republican women to run for office and train them to become effective Republican Party workers. Our party feels it’s important to inform our members and the electorate through political education.

TFRW makes sure its members stay active not only by offering a source of year-round service for Republican women volunteers but also by encouraging members to undertake special assignments and campaign projects beneficial to our party organization.

TFRW is one of the largest women’s political organizations in the nation and is a member of the National Federation of Republican Women. TFRW holds fast to the underlying principles of the Republican Party, government by the people, and the belief that people, such as you, must be part of the process if it is to work effectively. TFRW supports working at the grassroots level and influencing legislation at our state Capitol. Our TFRW members logged nearly four million hours working on campaigns during recent campaign cycles. TFRW is undeniably the most powerful women’s political organization in Texas today.

About the Award & Fellowship

This award & fellowship will be given to up to 40 women who are under 40 on January 1, 2023. We will be honoring the awardees at the TFRW Convention. In addition, we will host a series of events and networking opportunities (in person and zoom) with world class speakers to join us for some exciting fireside chats.

Nomination Process & Timeline

  • Nominees must be female and under the age of 40 as of January 1, 2023.
  • Nominations can be submitted by anyone who knows the nominee, including self-nominations.
  • Nominations must include a completed application form, a 2 page maximum resume, a 300 word bio, and a headshot.
  • The application must demonstrate how the nominee has made significant contributions to her community and the Republican Party.
  • Nominations will be open May 15 – June 15
  • TFRW reserves the right to remove anyone from the award & fellowship at any time without cause.

Selection Process

  • The selection committee will review all applications and select up to 40 winners.
  • The winners will be selected based on their resume, leadership, and contributions to the Party
  • The winners will be notified by email and announced publicly on the Texas Federation of Republican Women’s website, social media platforms and at the TFRW Convention.


The winners will also be invited to participate in a fellowship mentorship program, where they will be paired with experienced Republican women who will provide guidance, support, and career advice.

The mentorship program will last for the remainder of the year, and it will include monthly meetings (decided on with the mentor and mentee’s schedule in mind). We believe that this program will not only recognize the outstanding achievements of young Republican women in Texas but also provide them with the support and mentorship they need to continue making a positive impact in their fields and communities.

Speakers for monthly zoom meetings will be announced at a later date.

Introduction and Goal Setting: The winners will be introduced to their mentors and other fellows. They will also receive an overview of the fellowship program, expectations, and goals. Additionally, the fellows will work with their mentors to set specific and measurable career development goals.

Networking: The fellows will discuss with their mentors about how valuable networking is and where they can learn how to expand their professional networks, build relationships, and develop new opportunities.

Discover your Leadership Style: The fellows and mentors will discuss leadership styles, effective communication, decision-making, and conflict resolution.

Community Activism, Legislative Advocacy, and Campaigns: How to be involved in the community, sit on the board of an organization, how to lead a movement, how to run a campaign, and create a strategic legislative plan and advocating.

Media, Digital, Personal Branding, and Framing the Message: The fellows and mentors will focus on personal branding, including developing a personal brand statement, creating a professional online presence, improving their communication skills, and strategic messaging.

Career Development: The fellows will focus on career development with their mentor, including job searching, interviewing skills, and negotiating job offers. They will also develop a plan for their post-fellowship career goals.

The goal of the fellowship is to provide the fellows with the support, guidance, and skills they need to become successful Republican women leaders in their respective fields and communities.