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13 Women Earn FWSF Scholarships in 2012

Thanks to the generosity of our members, sponsors and supporters, FWSF awarded 13 scholarships totaling $105,000 to a remarkable group of young women in 2012. Undergraduates received $5,000 grants. Graduate students received $10,000 grants.

FWA Scholarship Honorees 2012 from John Crane Films on Vimeo.


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Graduate Scholarship Recipients

Emily Adams

Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business, Mills College

Currently pursuing a Master's in Socially Responsible Business at Mills College, Emily Adams hopes to one day work in finance at a consumer goods company focusing on sustainable products or at a community bank helping lower income entrepreneurs. She currently leads the Word Mill Toastmasters Club and acts as VP of Membership for the Lokey Net Impact Chapter. She formerly worked as a Microenterprise Fellow at the Women's Initiative for Self-Employment and helped a local business, Pacific Cookie Company, with social media, inventory management, product development and customer service. In addition to working while in college, Emily graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with highest honors.

Lifan (Emilie) Deng

UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business

Emilie Deng is currently pursuing her MBA at Berkeley's Haas School of Business. She serves as the VP of the Finance, Net Impact, General Management and Strategy Clubs and invests on behalf of Haas' student led Socially Responsible Investment Fund. She has also helped organize the Women in Leadership, Asian Business, and Berkeley Finance conferences. Emilie has passed all of theCFA exams and will be working at Credit Suisse in private wealth management this summer. A native of China, she graduated top of her class at Tongji University in Shanghai and has also obtained a Master's in Advertising at Boston University. She has volunteered with the Special Olympics as well as Children's Hope International.

Mariia Eroshin

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (San Francisco campus)

A Certified Public Accountant, Certified Financial Planner, and Chartered Financial Analyst, Mariia Eroshin is attending the Wharton MBA Program for Executives in San Francisco. In addition to serving as an SVP and Senior Portfolio Manager at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, Mariia also teaches derivatives and alternate investments courses at the University of San Francisco and the CFA Review Program. She also serves on the Board of the CFA Society of San Francisco. Mariia graduated from the Unviersity of Minnesota - Duluth with a perfect 4.0 GPA and triple degrees in Finance, Accounting and International Studies."

Olga Fish

Golden Gate University

A native of Uzbekistan, Olga Fish has earned two Master's degrees in Russian Studies, from the European University in St. Petersburg, Russia and in Sociology, from the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences, and is pursuing a third in Accountancy at Golden Gate University. She works as an accounting tutor at Laney College, building upon earlier years as a high school math teacher in her native country. Before becoming a tutor, Olga worked as a Realtor for seven years in the Bay Area and also at New College Berkeley. A mother of two sons, she aspires to become a professor of accounting, focusing on educating women and enabling them to start their own businesses or pursue careers in finance.

Simone Hill

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Simone Hill will attend the Stanford Graduate School of Business this Fall and hopes to use her degree to start her own business as well as to help low income communities in the U.S. A School of Business Hall of Fame inductee at the University of Connecticut, Simone's academic success gained her entrance into multiple honor societies, including Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key, Alpha Lambda Delta, and National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She led the university's chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants and invested on behalf of the Student Managed Investment Fund. Simone previously worked as a financial analyst at GE Capital Americas and as a Global Commodities Specialist at Pitney Bowes.

Michelle Matos

Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business, Mills College

A student at the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College, Michelle Matos is pursuing an MBA which will help her achieve her dream of starting her own management consulting firm to enable small businesses in marginalized communities, with a commitment to focusing on female entrepreneurs. She currently works at Inner City Advisors, helping grow local businesses, and previously worked at WAGES, Women's Action to Gain Economic Security, an organization that serves worker-owned green businesses, where she trained over 500 clients in operations, finances, and personnel policies. This summer, Michelle will participate in AT&T's Leadership Development Program.

Ashley Shuyler

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Julie Yen

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Julie Yen is currently pursuing her MBA and Certificate of Public Management at Stanford's Graduate School of Business, where she is an Arbuckle Leadership Fellow and serves as a Partner on the Investment Committee and as the Alumni and Career Chair of the Finance & Investing Club. She has previously chaired the Society of Asian Women Leaders where she raised more than $10,000 for a charity auction and also found and led Stanford Women in Business while an undergraduate and grew the organization to more than 200 members. Before attending business school, Julie worked at Aetos Capital and as COO and Business Manager of the Stanford Daily Publishing Corporation.

Undergraduate Scholarship Recipients

Alexis Babb

Santa Clara University


Alexis Babb, a student in the University Honors Program at Santa Clara University, has led the Latino Business Students Association as well as started and chaired a charity crafts show that saw over 2,000 attendees. As a Leavey School of Business Peer Advisor, she has served as a mentor to 13 freshman students. She will work with PNC Bank this summer, building upon previous experience with the American Chamber of Commerce in Spain and Farmers Insurance. At age 10, Alexis started her own business, Designs by Alexis, which she continues today. A true entrepreneur, she also has started her own volunteer organization, Strive for College, which partners college students with low-income high school students.

Monica Canas

Dominican University

Monica Canas, a single mother of three daughters, attends Dominican University as a full-time student while working in accounting at Polaris Tax & Accounting and as an accounts manager at Bay Area Business Solutions. She still finds time to help others, including volunteering with Tax-Aid, preparing free tax returns for low-income families. Committed to the Hispanic community, Monica also volunteers at the Canal Welcome Center providing fundraising and tutoring help. This past year, Monica founded Dominican University's first accounting and finance club. She is working towards becoming a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner to open her own tax and accounting firm.

Arting Chang

UC Berkeley

Arting Chang is currently an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley, where she has placed on the Dean's List with a 3.95 GPA. She has participated and placed first in multiple business case competitions, and was chosen from more than 1,000 candidates to represent the Hass School of Business' External Case Team. Arting serves as the VP of Academic Development& Alumnae Relations for Alpha Omicron Pi as well as Professional Chair& Speech Coordinator of Delta Sigma Pi, an international business fraternity. With experience in finance at Apple, Credit Suisse, and Merrill Lynch, Arting will be
joining J.P. Morgan's Investment Banking division this summer.

Shelby Duncan

Mills College

This summer, Shelby Duncan will travel to Masaka, Uganda to work with the Foundation of Sustainable Development in microfinance. This experience, in addition to her internship with the Bellot Idovia Foundation benefiting Haiti and her leadership role as Treasurer on the Model United Nations team at Mills College, is part of her path to her dream of starting a microfinance organization to help entrepreneurs in Africa and Latin America. Shelby is a first generation college student and currently leads the Mills Giving Tree which enables philanthropic education. Pursuing a double major in economics and international relations, she has taken enough courses to graduate a year ahead of schedule.

Zhanna Oleshko

San Jose State University

Zhanna Oleshko grew up in Ukraine and moved to the U.S. when she was 10 years old. She chaired the Evening of Academic Excellence and Spirit Thursday at Canada College where she currently is pursuing a degree in accounting. Active in the academic community, Zhanna serves on the student government and acts as an officer for the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and as the Secretary for the Election Committee. She has volunteered as a vocal and piano instructor for low-income children and previously worked for H&R Block. Zhanna will transfer to San Jose State University this fall, and aspires to become a CPA and open her own local firm providing tax, accounting and financial services.

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