We accept membership applications throughout the year. As a prospective member, you need to be sponsored by an existing member. If you do not know any current members, we are happy to make introductions on your behalf and support you through the application process.

Please review our eligibility requirements before applying.


Financial Women of San Francisco (FWSF) scholarships encourage leadership and provide opportunities for San Francisco Bay Area women pursuing a degree in the fields of accounting, finance and/or the financial services industry. Affiliation with the Financial Women of San Francisco provides the opportunity to meet potential mentors and network with successful finance professionals while attending both educational and socially oriented programs.

The FWSF awards $15,000 to Graduate Students and $10,000 to Undergraduate Students.


  • Female students enrolled either at: 
1) The main physical campus of a Bay Area college or university; or
 2) If not attending the main campus of your school, be enrolled and attending a school satellite campus located within 1 of the 9 Bay Area counties and taking at least eighty percent (80%) of classes at a satellite campus
  • Applicants must maintain a GPA of 3.4 or equivalent
  • Full-time and part-time students are welcome to apply
  • Non US Citizens are also eligible to apply

Additional criteria provided on our website:


Selection Criteria

  • Leadership skills, both academic and community
  • Strong communication skills
  • Alignment with Financial Women of San Francisco goals
  • Demonstrated volunteerism
  • Financial need given consideration

Before completing your application, please review the application here:

Application Guidelines

1. Review the Eligibility Requirements before submitting the application.

2. Assemble the following documents (in electronic format) before submitting application:

i. A resume summarizing past and present employment, extracurricular activities and honors or other recognition received as an undergraduate or graduate student. Include descriptions of your leadership skills and memberships in organizations, both professional and social. Please include special activities, sports, committees and community activities in which you have participated. Please be specific in describing your roles and accomplishments.

ii. An essay of no more than 750 words addressing the following:

  • The area of business you expect to study and your reason for choosing this field;
  • How your business education fits your life/career goals;
  • How your goals and FWSF goals align including how the FWSF's mission of supporting women with careers in finance will help you achieve those goals; 
  • Why you believe you deserve this scholarship

iii. A complete unofficial transcript from your current and any other prior university or college, and your undergraduate transcript if you are entering a graduate program, and;

iv. A current photo. This photo will be attached to your application and used during interviews to connect names with faces. In the event that you are selected to be a scholarship recipient this photo will be posted on our website as part of an announcement. Please submit a photo that represents you in a professional way - we do not recommend using a casual or candid photo.

v. Two letters of recommendation. The letters are a part of your application submittal and must be included no later than Sunday, March 24th, 11:59PM. We strongly suggest that you partner with your recommenders at the beginning of the scholarship cycle to provide assurance that the letters can be uploaded promptly and in advance of the deadline.

You may want to refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

3. Complete the application below, including uploading supporting documents.

As you complete your application you will have an opportunity to upload the required supporting documents. All documents will need to be provided in electronic format and your application cannot be completed without providing the required supporting documents. 

NOTE: You can save your application and return to finish it later.


Sunday, March 24th 11:59PM PST.

No exceptions will be made regarding the deadline.

If you have questions please call us at (415) 586-8599 or email: info@financialwomensf.org

Interview Guidelines and Expectations

Below are our tips and suggestions for conducting a successful interview with our Scholarship interviewing team:  

1)      Basic interviewing tips for success:

  • Dress appropriately; as though for a job interview (business attire).
  • Consider style of speaking/delivery. Avoid using fillers such as ‘like’ and ‘um.’
  • Turn off and put away cell phones in the interview.
  • Answer questions directly, expand with examples.
  • Use good posture and body language. Do not swing around in swivel chairs.
  • Be professional in attire and demeanor.
  • Maintain eye  contact with the interviewer and the general group. Look the interviewer in the eye while responding to questions.

 2)      Emphasize leadership and career. Be able to articulate current path and passion. Be able to discuss short and long-term goals and plans to achieve them.

 3)      Gain a solid understanding of the FWSF by visiting the website, talking to members, etc. Refrain from asking the interviewers to tell you about the FWSF as one of your questions at the end.

 4)      Use the time in the interview to expand on your personal experiences from your essay.

 5)      Speak positively about accomplishments, avoid being bashful about your achievements, and assume the interviewers know nothing about you.

 6)      Exhibit maturity – candidates can almost talk themselves out of a scholarship by saying too much.

Ends on December 31, 2019$345.00

At the time of your application, you are expected to pay an initiation fee of $150, plus annual dues of $195.  

Thank you for your interest in joining Financial Women of San Francisco. 

To help you decide if membership is right for you, require that you:

  1. [Required] Attend at least one FWSF event before applying. Check out our list of upcoming events.
  2. [Required] Be sponsored by a current member. If you don't know any members, we encourage you to attend a few FWSF events as a guest. That’s the easiest way to meet some members and find a sponsor. If you need help in finding a sponsor, please contact one of the FWSF Membership co-chairs listed here.
  3. [Optional] Attend an optional "Get to know FWSF" coffee. These informal coffees for new and prospective members are the perfect place to ask questions, learn about our organization, and figure out how to make the most of your membership. To learn more please contact one of the FWSF Membership co-chairs listed here.

Membership Requirements

Active Member

  1. Be employed by a financial services firm or in a clearly defined financial position based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  2. Have a graduate degree and at least two years of experience in one or more financial positions OR have an undergraduate degree plus at least four years of experience in one or more financial positions.

If you fulfill these criteria but are on a leave-of-absence from a financial position, you are still eligible to become an active member if you are not working outside of the finance industry.

Affiliate Member

If you don't meet all the requirements of an active member, you may apply to become an affiliate member. You will enjoy most of the same privileges as active members, except that you will not be eligible to vote or hold board positions.

Women who have retired and do not plan to return to work, have changed jobs and now work outside the Bay Area, or do not have the requisite education or work experience often opt to become affiliates.


If your membership has lapsed for any reason and you wish to rejoin, simply contact us to let us know your intention. There’s no need to fill out a new application. Note: We do request that you pay the initiation fee and annual dues.

Fees:  At the time of your application, you are required to pay a $150 initiation fee and one year of membership dues ($195) for a total of $345.  

To start your application, click on the "Submit" button below. 

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