Financial Women of San Francisco Doubles 2018 Scholarship Awards

Names 12 Bay Area Women Pursuing Careers in Finance as Recipients

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#financialwomensfFinancial
Women of San Francisco
(FWSF), an organization dedicated to
leadership, mentorship and the advancement of women, has announced it
has more than doubled its college scholarship awards over previous years
and named four undergraduate and eight graduate students attending Bay
Area colleges and universities as 2018 recipients.

“The increased amount and number of awards this year directly benefits
these amazing students and we extend our heartfelt thanks to our
generous donors and sponsors who made these increases possible,” says
Kathleen Nielsen, FWSF 2018 President. “We could not be happier to
support these remarkable women in pursuing their educational and career
goals and we welcome this inspiring 2018 cohort to the FWSF community.”

FWSF has awarded over $2 million in scholarships to more than 200 Bay
Area women over the past 30 years. The FWSF scholarship grants, $10,000
for undergraduate and $15,000 for graduate students, will help further
each recipient’s education for careers in financial services. In
addition to financial support, FWSF scholarship recipients are offered
the opportunity to be mentored, become FWSF members and attend career
development and networking events.

Former FWSF scholarship recipient Ami Arroyo confirms, “Not only did the
funds arrive at a crucial point in my education, I was also paired with
a mentor who understood the nuances of navigating a career in financial
services. While the funds helped as I completed my MBA, it was the
mentorship that opened my eyes to a new side of finance and launched me
into a network of wonderfully successful women that wholeheartedly love
to give back.”

The 2018 FWSF scholarship recipients will be honored June 8th
at the annual Scholarship
Awards Program and Luncheon
at the City Club in San Francisco, where
they will share their inspiring stories with approximately 200 members
of the Bay Area’s financial community. Registration for the event is
currently underway.

Each of the scholarship winners is an academic and community leader in
line with FWSF’s mission and has often overcome tremendous obstacles.
For example, Monica Rin, who aspires to be a venture capitalist, was
born in a Thai refugee camp into a family of survivors of the Khmer
Rouge genocide. She is currently pursuing a dual MBA in finance and
entrepreneurship and a master’s degree in Asian Pacific Studies from the
University of San Francisco.

Swati Chopra is an accomplished cybersecurity professional who is
passionate about women’s empowerment. Chopra aims to set up a venture
focused on increasing employability for underprivileged women and has
set a goal to help one million women become financially independent. She
is pursuing an executive MBA at Wharton, San Francisco.

Qurat Ul Ain Syeda is a first-generation college student at San Jose
State University pursuing a degree in accounting. She hopes to serve as
role model for young Muslim women who want to have a career in

2018 graduate scholarship

  • Swati Chopra – Wharton San Francisco
  • Lauren Fu – University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business
  • Smirti Hyoju – St. Mary’s College
  • Barbara Janczer – University of San Francisco
  • Monica Rin – University of San Francisco
  • Jackie Rotman – Stanford University and Harvard University
  • Feroza Safi – California State University, East Bay
  • Alexis Wise – Stanford University

Undergraduate scholarship recipients:

  • Marielle Bernabe – St. Mary’s College
  • Lauren Kinerk – Santa Clara University
  • Maria Ortega – University of California, Berkeley
  • Qurat Ul Ain Syeda – San Jose State University

For more information on the scholarship program, FWSF, or to become a
member, click

About Financial Women of San Francisco

For more than 60 years, the Financial Women of San Francisco have sought
to advance the success of women in finance and financial services and to
be a source of insight and inspiration to financial women executives and
managers throughout the Bay Area.

The organization’s membership includes women in positions of influence
within the financial services sector and women who hold senior level
positions within non-finance companies, government agencies and the
non-profit sector. Members include CEOs, CFOs, corporate treasurers,
CPAs, attorneys, commercial and private bankers, investment advisors,
fund managers, securities analysts, administrators, financial planners,
consultants, recruiters and marketers.

For more information please visit
or follow the Financial Women of San Francisco on Twitter @FinanceWomenSF,
and LinkedIn.


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