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EmPowered Women Scholarship

1 winner$750
Application Deadline
Feb 15, 2023
Winners Announced
Mar 15, 2023
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Non-profit or volunteering experience
Field of Study:
Accounting or finance
Education Level:
High school senior (2023), undergraduate

Despite the great strides made by women in the workforce, gender gaps have persisted. 

In order to create a more equitable world, society must invest in the next generation of empowered women who will create a positive impact in the world through their education and careers. 

This scholarship seeks to bridge the financial literacy gap by supporting female students who are pursuing accounting or finance.

Any female high school senior or undergraduate who is a BIPOC first-generation college student, has non-profit or volunteering experience, and is pursuing accounting or finance may apply for this scholarship. 

To apply, tell us about a time when one of your ideas or beliefs was challenged.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published May 11, 2022
Essay Topic

Tell us about a time when you had a belief or idea challenged.

400–600 words

Winning Application

Jaila Benson
Columbia High SchoolIrvington, NJ
A time when an idea of mine had been challenged was when I was looking for majors and careers that interested me. I have always been interested in business, finance, and money since I was in middle school. I also have a fond interest in medicine as well. But business has always outshined my enjoyment of the medical field. While I was looking for majors that suited me I settled on finance, it is something I enjoy and all the schools I was applying to offered it. My mom however had her doubts and stated that should go into medicine even though I knew I would dread it. Her reasoning was the money I would make but I continuously resented the thought of going into the medical field. I know when I graduate I'll be able to leave a lasting mark in the finance and business industry that would be more beneficial and enjoyable for me. But I did have second thoughts; would I be able to find a job, will I be successful? In the end, I still chose my passion. I did this because finance is extremely important in today’s society. After all, it influences people’s lives in every aspect of what they do. When talking about finance people think about bills, how they are going to pay for the next outing, gift, trip, or other expense. They also think about banks, debt, leverage, credits, investing or stocks. In our, society Finance represents money and economic exchange. It represents how we are going to get money, and how we are going to manage our money. Money makes our economy, society, and world go round. My mom didn't and probably still doesn't understand why finance is so important to me but that won't change my effort or ambition to reach my goals. In the coming years when I'm well into my career, I hope to see more people with access to money. When I'm in my career I hope to change the way people can make money in certain circumstances. We are in the age of technology, where someone can start a business from their bedroom. I hope to give more people the opportunity to do something like this. I hope to see more people using money wisely. I hope to teach others smart ways to spend, save and invest their money. When I reach these goals I will remember the doubts and challenges that came with my ideas and I will use those memories to create more positive change in the world of finance.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Feb 15, 2023. Winners will be announced on Mar 15, 2023.

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