Scholarship Application


The 2021 Scholarship Applications are due buy April 2nd, 2021.

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 scholarships are 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

2020 TXWPF Scholarship Awardees

Ashlyn Zingelmann

Scholarship Awarded: Freshman

Graduated: Louis D. Brandeis High School, Northside ISD

Attending: University of North Texas

Major: My major is Business Integrated Studies, with an emphasis on Pre-Law. I’ve also been accepted into the UNT Honors College.

What you hope this scholarship will help you achieve?
This scholarship will assist me in my pursuit of a Business Major. I hope that this scholarship will help me not only in material funds, but also in the mentorships and wisdom provided by the Texas Chapter of Women in Public Finance.

How you found out about this scholarship:
I found out about this scholarship through the Career Center of my school, Louis D. Brandeis High School.

Your current hobbies:
I love playing soccer, running, and lifting weights. When I am not working out, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, reading, scrapbooking, and playing cards.

Your Future Goals:
After undergrad, I hope to attend Law School. I have a strong desire to become a lawyer and fight injustice.

Note your interest level in our mentorship program:
I am greatly interested in the mentorship program. I would love more information on all that it entails!

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Swastika Sah
Scholarship Awarded: Undergraduate

College: University of Texas at Austin

Major: I am currently a Finance major. I choose this particular field as I believe that it is the foundation of the world that we live in today, and it is a way to incentivize people to do creative and innovative things.

What you hope this scholarship will help you achieve?
It is because of your generosity that I will be able to continue my studies at UT without any financial burden. 

How you found out about this scholarship:
I found out about this scholarship via a high school counselor back when I was in high school.

Your current hobbies:
Apart from my interest in Finance, I also hold avid interest in media and entertainment industry, volunteering, dancing, and much more.

Your Future Goals:
I am very passionate about third-world development, advocacy, and public service. Having been born and raised in a country like Nepal, I hope to one day use my knowledge to provide financial, educational, and medical assistance to children in third-world countries who work hard daily to provide a better life for themselves and their families.

Note your interest level in our mentorship program:
Thank you WPF for providing me mentorship via the mentorship program and bringing me one step closer to my goal.

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Sarah Gifford
Scholarship Awarded: Undergraduate

College: University of Texas at Dallas

Major: Business Administration

What you hope this scholarship will help you achieve?
Having been forced to take a gap year due to unforeseen family health challenges in 2019, I hope that the TWPF Undergraduate scholarship will act as the buffer I need to ensure that no external challenges can wedge themselves between me and my academic aspirations again. For my sophomore year, I foresee this scholarship giving me the freedom to prioritize extracurricular passions and community service above any income-generating pursuits, allowing me to grow as a student and individual.

How you found out about this scholarship:
The 2020 Kate Bechtold Undergraduate Scholarship first appeared on my radar during an extensive search for Texas-based groups that support women’s education.

Your current hobbies:
I run a public, Dallas-based book club for people in their 20’s and early 30’s. My friend and I named it Young & Hungry in August of 2019 at its launch, in honor of our combined passion for good food and books. When I am not running the book club or preparing for its monthly potluck, I am pursuing some of my other hobbies including watercoloring, hiking, and succulent propagation. I am also slated to begin my first pottery class before the end of this 2020 summer!

Your Future Goals:
At large, my goal in life is to gratefully live out my purpose and help others do the same. I believe that everyone was born with an overarching mission in life, and every year, I get closer to discovering mine. In the meantime, my first goal is to spend the 2020-21 academic year working for the University of Texas at Dallas’s G-Force Program. This would allow me to teach underserved high students that college is a viable option for everyone, no matter what they’re up against. I want to help at least ten students pursue their academic dreams with little to no debt by personally walking them through the admissions, financial aid, and scholarship processes. Secondly, I’ve set a goal to visit—and potentially study in—at least one place outside of the United States so that I can gain an international perspective of the world before I graduate. Finally, I would like to publish a book before I turn 30.

Note your interest level in our mentorship program:
I am interested in learning more about the Women in Public Finance internship program!

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Caitlin Casassa

Scholarship Awarded: Graduate

College: University of Texas at Austin

Major: Masters in Public Affairs
What you hope this scholarship will help you achieve?
Financially, I plan to use the scholarship money to help pay for my last year of graduate school tuition. Otherwise, I hope this scholarship will connect me with other women in public finance who can help guide my career.

How you found out about this scholarship:
An email circulating from my graduate advisor regarding scholarship opportunities.

Your current hobbies:
Reading, sports (soccer, basketball, running, hiking, snowboarding), listening to live music in Austin.

Your future goals:
A career in local government working on economic development.

Note your interest level in our mentorship program:
Very interested!

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Katalina Munoz

Scholarship Awarded: Graduate

College: University of Texas at San Antonio

Major: Masters in Public Administration

What you hope this scholarship will help you achieve?
This scholarship is an amazing opportunity that not only will help further my education, but allow me to reach my career goal where I will contribute in my community for the greater good. I love being involved and enjoy volunteering in my community. Thank you to everyone who support and believe in me, in the future I hope to also partake in a gracious opportunity such as this one. In the future I hope to contribute in a scholarship committee where I can assist other women to achieve their dreams.

How you found out about this scholarship:
I discovered the scholarship by seeking for professional advancement opportunities. Ultimately, I came across the National Women in Public Finance and saw there was a Texas chapter. I reached out to the Chair of the committee who was very thoughtful and sweet to provide me with the upmost invaluable information of the organization and the scholarship opportunity. I am very thankful for her guidance and support, she also introduced me another impressive woman who has been amazing. This organization is truly a blessing and is making an outstanding impact for women in our community.

Your current hobbies:
I enjoy spending every second of quality time with my son Nathan Leo, in which we love going to the beach or just being able to be outdoors

Your Future Goals:
Upon my completion of my Master’s degree, I want to continue my Doctoral program to conduct research that will bring a positive change for society. I hope to pursue my Doctorate in Business and Organization Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. 

Note your interest level in our mentorship program:
I am very interested and hope to gain additional guidance to strengthen my career path. Times do get tough and I always enjoy learning from others. I look forward to meeting my mentor to engage in erudite conversations and direction on how to be successful, and overcome challenges as a woman in business.