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FWSF Scholarship Program FAQs

I am still in school and do not have professional references from clients or employers. May I submit recommendations from two different professors instead?

Consider asking your supervisor from your summer job or internship for a letter of recommendation. If you haven't had a summer job or internship, you may have both letters submitted by professors or advisors.

I have applied to a graduate business program, but won't know if I've been admitted until after the March scholarship application deadline. May I still apply for the scholarship?

Yes. Assume that you will be admitted to the program and submit your scholarship application. When you hear from your schools (which should be shortly after our deadline), just let us know the status of your admittance. If you aren't admitted, you may withdraw your scholarship application and reapply another year.

I am not a U.S. citizen. May I still apply?

Yes. 

I have been out of college for several years and do not have recent or relevant academic references. May I request two letters of recommendations from my employers instead of one from my employer and one from my professor or advisor?

Yes, we would accept two professional references.

I am currently working and am not in school. How should I respond to the questions about "Current Academic Status" and GPA?

List your undergraduate school or most recent post-graduate studies. Include the year you graduated or attended and your accumulated grade point average (GPA) from that institution. Please also indicate where you are currently working.

I will be out of the country during April and May when in-person interviews are scheduled. May I still apply for your scholarship if I can't attend in-person interviews?

Unfortunately, no. In-person interviews are an essential part of our selection process. We encourage you to apply another year when you will be able to participate in in-person interviews.

The "Financial Resources" section of your application includes a space for "Current Earnings/Income." Should I list my current annual salary in that box, even though I won't be employed next year when I'm a full-time student?

Yes, do list your current earnings. Also note that as a student, your income will be much less or close to zero as a student.

What topics should my references address in their letters of recommendation?

We suggest that they address the following:

  • Your involvement in finance ‒ academic work, professional experience, volunteer activities
  • Your leadership contributions in an academic, community or professional setting
  • Anything special or unique that they would like us to know about you.

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