Scholarship Application


The 2020 Texas WPF Scholarship Applications are Currently Available

Overview

The Women in Public Finance – Texas Chapter was founded in 2012 as a chapter of the national organization, Women in Public Finance (www.wpfc.com). The goal of Women in Public Finance – Texas Chapter is to advance leadership opportunities for women by fostering relationships and providing educational activities and forums.

Participants include state and local government issuers, not-for-profit issuers, investment bankers, attorneys, financial advisors, rating agency analysts, trust officers, and municipal market investors. The Texas chapter provides opportunities for personal contact among our regional members and regional activities that complement the more nationally focused activities of the national organization. Current plans for regional events include educational forums and panel discussions at colleges and universities.

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What is Public Finance?

Public finance generally refers to how governments raise & spend money for their services and capital needs. Individuals who work in public finance help governments at all levels—national, state, and local—obtain the necessary financial resources, (such as through the sale of municipal bonds) to fund certain capital projects, including but not limited to, schools, roads, parks, water infrastructure, police/fire stations.

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Summary

The 2020 Scholarship Applications currently available are as follows:

  • One Entering Freshman Scholarship – $1,000
  • Two Undergraduate Scholarships – $1,500 each
  • Two Graduate/Non-Traditional Student Scholarships – $3,000 each
  • Qualifications and scoring details are located on this page as well as in the applications for downloading

History

Devoted Wife and Mother to Dave and Lisa. Friend to Many. Passionate Advocate for All.

These are just a few words that describe Katheryn “Kate” Anne Bechtold.

A staunch advocate for equal access to opportunity and natural leader who found success in a myriad of professional endeavors but never lost her community focus, Kate embodied the ideals espoused by the Women in Public Finance organization.

Kate earned a BS in Agricultural Economics with a minor in Computer Science, and immediately put her IT skills to work writing engine failure prediction programs for Cummins Engine Company. Subsequently, Kate received an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, Bloomington and went to work for Xerox Corporation in Rochester, New York as a financial analyst with the Canadian and Latin American groups.

A high profile successful stint as the volunteer coordinator for the 2004 Superbowl Host Committee where she was responsible for the 17,000 volunteers who staffed the NFL Experience at the George R. Brown center led to her next position as a key member of Houston’s Public Works financial management team overseeing the System’s rate setting measures, contract negotiations and municipal bond issuances. Although her professional commitments were many and varied, Kate still found time for charitable activities including volunteering with the National Charity League with her daughter, Lisa, where they earned a Mother-Daughter award for their outstanding service to the community. Though Kate passed away in 2016, her spirit of excellence and dedication to equality will forever be cherished.

The Texas Women In Public Finance feel incredibly privileged to honor her legacy by offering the “Katheryn Bechtold Scholarship” to young women to assist in their pursuit of higher education at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Freshman Scholarship

The goal of this scholarship is to introduce young women to the world of Public Finance with the hopes that they will navigate their college career to prepare them accordingly.

Requirements: An eligible student must be/have

  • A woman pursuing an undergraduate degree in the upcoming school year
  • Texas Resident High School Senior for the current academic school year
  • Attending a Texas Institution of higher education in the fall of this year
  • Minimum GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Amount: $1,000 Scholarships Available: 1

Download Application
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Undergraduate Scholarship

The goal of this scholarship is to challenge the current mindset of young women currently pursuing a career in finance and introduce them to the mentoring opportunities available through TXWPF.

Requirements: An eligible student must be/have

  • A woman pursuing an undergraduate degree
  • Currently enrolled in or planning to attend a Texas Institution of higher education in the fall of this year
  • Enrolled in a business, accounting, finance, pre-law, or community and/or regional planning major
  • Minimum GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Amount: $1,500 Scholarships Available: 2

Download Application
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Graduate Scholarship

The goal of this scholarship is to support graduate study in a public-finance or finance adjacent field. In addition, TXWPF recognizes that not all applicants fit neatly into the definition of a traditional student and that resiliency that can come with pursuing a graduate degree while working, starting a family or taking a non-linear path to academic achievement. This scholarship is intended to be able to accommodate those who have overcome life’s obstacles in order to achieve their educational and career goals.

Requirements: An eligible student must be/have

  • A woman pursuing a graduate degree
  • Currently enrolled in or planning to attend a Texas Institution of higher education in the fall of this year
  • Enrolled in a business, accounting, finance, pre-law, or community and/or regional planning major
  • Graduate level candidates do not have a minimum GPA requirement, however, they must demonstrate that they are in good standing with their institution of higher learning.
  • Any student with a GPA under 3.0 on a 4.0 GPA scale will have the opportunity to discuss their trials within the required essays

Amount: $3,000 Scholarships Available: 2

Download Application