Scholarship Application


Scholarship Deadline Extension

The Scholarship Committee of TXWPF recognizes that educational institutions are taking longer than usual to make acceptance decisions.  With that being said, we are extending our Scholarship deadline to Friday, April 16th 2020.

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

2021 TXWPF Scholarship Awardees

Leslie Elizabeth Galloway

Scholarship Awarded: Graduate

Attending: University of North Texas

Major: Master of Public Administration (MPA)

 

What you hope this scholarship will help you achieve? As a working mother of two teenagers, I am immensely grateful for this scholarship that will help to fund the completion of my graduate degree. My undergraduate degree is in Public Relations, and I’ve always had a goal of earning a master’s. However, I could not decide on a focus until I entered the field of local government. For the past six years, I’ve been the City Secretary and Communications Coordinator for a small city in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Working each day to serve a community and to enrich the lives of those who live and work within it is fulfilling beyond measure. I found my career path a little later in life than many, and I appreciate organizations like Texas Women in Public Finance who seek to support both traditional and non-traditional students like myself.

How you found out about this scholarship: I was alerted to the Kate Bechtold Scholarship by Dr. Bob Bland who regularly provides scholarship, internship, and other career opportunities to those within his network. If you ever have a chance to enroll in a class or attend a seminar with Dr. Bland, I’d highly recommend it!

Your current hobbies:I enjoy attending my children’s baseball, softball, and basketball games, travelling, live music, home renovation projects, and spending time outdoors.

Your Future Goals:I am currently a Texas Registered Municipal Clerk (TRMC), and my immediate plans following graduation are to continue to work as a City Secretary and to renew that certification while also completing the Texas Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program offered by Texas State. Then, I will seek a role as a City Manager or Assistant City Manager.

Note your interest level in our mentorship program: I look forward to being involved in the Texas Women in Public Finance mentorship program. I have been honored to work with and be mentored by many strong women in leadership roles during my career, and I look forward to offering similar guidance and support to others while also continuing to learn and grow myself. One of my favorite quotes is from author Marianne Williamson: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure… Your playing small does not serve the world. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”

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Monica Benavides

Scholarship Awarded: Graduate

Attending: University of North Texas

Major: Master’s in Public Administration (MPA)

 

What you hope this scholarship will help you achieve? This scholarship will provide financial peace of mind during my last semester of graduate school. The COVID-19 pandemic brought some unforeseen expenses to our family and I am certain this scholarship will make a significant contribution to my continuing education. 

How you found out about this scholarship:Information regarding this scholarship was distributed by UNT’s Department of Public Administration, via their Facebook page.

Your current hobbies:My hobbies include reading books, listening to podcasts, spending time with friends and family, and volunteering in my community. I previously served as a board member (and volunteer) for a local emergency homeless shelter and my goal is to resume a more active role once I complete my degree in December.

Your Future Goals:My future goals are to learn new skills, improve in communication and networking, and aim for a promotion to a higher-level leadership position within my organization. The overall goal is personal development.

Note your interest level in our mentorship program:I am very interested in participating in the mentorship program! Such programs are critical in promoting personal and professional development. Everyone benefits from having an ally that will help them to reach their full potential.

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Exziyah Greenlee

Scholarship Awarded: Undergraduate

Attending: Midwestern State University

Major: Finance

 

What you hope this scholarship will help you achieve?This scholarship will aid in my pursuit to earn my Bachelor’s degree in Finance.

How you found out about this scholarship:I was informed about this scholarship by my academic advisor at Midwestern State University.

Your current hobbies:I have great interest in mathematical business. I also enjoy community service, dance, and being a flutist.

Your Future Goals:After obtaining my Bachelor’s degree, my goal is to become a financial analyst as well as an entrepreneur, creating a business that provides activities for inner-city youth.

Note your interest level in our mentorship program:I am very interested in your internship program and would love to receive mentorship.

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Sarah Gifford

Scholarship Awarded: Undergraduate

College: University of Texas at Dallas

Major: Masters in Public Affairs

 

What you hope this scholarship will help you achieve?Winning a scholarship like the Kate Bechtold Undergraduate award is one of the highest honors I have ever received. Being supported as a future female business professional by fellow women in a similarly male-dominated field for two years in a row is something that I do not take lightly. I hope that this scholarship will empower me to race down my journey toward success in the nonprofit and/or public sector and uplift fellow hardworking women during each step of the way, like the many benefactors behind Women in Public Finance.

How you found out about this scholarship:I discovered this scholarship through several online searches for organizations that support women pursuing business degrees in Texas.

Your current hobbies:Having completed a pottery class last summer, I’ve moved on to a serious reading habit. I am trying to finish 52 books during 2021, and I am currently a bit less than halfway there! Additionally, I love to go on walks, prepare artful dishes, and volunteer at the Richardson Public Library.

Your future goals:This year, I hope to maintain a 4.0 and land my first official internship for the spring of 2022. In the future, I hope to continue my community work, achieve a master’s degree, and launch one or two entrepreneurial projects of my own.

Note your interest level in our mentorship program:I would be honored to have a mentor from the Women in Public Finance of Texas organization. It would allow me the opportunity to fully dip my toes into an entirely new realm of professional and powerful women whom I already admire greatly.

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Zoe Vardys

Scholarship Awarded: Freshman

College: University of Texas at Austin

Major: Psychology B.S.

 

What you hope this scholarship will help you achieve?The 2021 Kate Bechtold Freshman Scholarship will enrich my academic experiences by enhancing my knowledge and appreciation for the TXWPF community, provide me with financial assistance in my endeavors, and allow me a path to mesh collegiate extra curriculars with the TXWPF community. I plan on carrying my passions for speech and debate, dance, and leadership activities over to my college experience and this scholarship will allow me a space to explore these desires.

How you found out about this scholarship:I learned of this scholarship through my high school’s college and career counselor Ms. Pamela Mason.

Your current hobbies:I currently love being involved in my school’s Speech and Debate team, spending time with my peers in Student Council engaging in community service campaigns such as community clean ups, and staying active. Recently, I have been playing a lot of Spikeball and cooking with my sister.

Your Future Goals:In the near future, I plan on joining the Texas Speech Team to compete in communication analysis, persuasive speaking, and informative speaking. While I don’t know for sure what my long-term future goals are, I want to explore courses at UT related, and unrelated, to psychology and find my true academic passion. I see myself continuing my education after receiving a degree at UT, likely medical school or law school.

Note your interest level in our mentorship program:I am interested in the program and would like more information regarding the specifics.

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