“The FWA Scholarship has been more than a monetary award. Through the organization, I have received great support and mentoring that have helped prepare me for my future career in finance. The FWA has provided me with a forum where I can meet other professional women just like me and exchange ideas and experiences.”
—  Jessica Negron, 2012-2013 FWA Graduate Scholarship Recipient

Committee Chair

Ilene Moskowitz

Ilene Moskowitz

Now celebrating the 31st consecutive year of awarding scholarships to women students at top graduate schools in New York City who are pursuing careers in business, the FWA Graduate Scholars are selected by their schools based on merit and the FWA’s criteria of academic accomplishment and demonstrated leadership.  Each scholarship award is $10,000 and all awards are merit-based.

Each year, five FWA Graduate Scholars are chosen – one each from MBA candidates at Columbia Business School, Fordham University Graduate School of Business, Bernard M. Baruch College Zicklin School of Business and NYU Stern School of Business – and an MPA candidate specializing in microfinance at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.

In the 2013-2014 academic year, BMO Capital Markets has generously and fully funded this program.  We are grateful to BMO Capital Markets for its munificence and vision.

FWA Liaisons

Individual FWA Members serve as liaisons to each school and the respective FWA Graduate Scholar that is chosen.  FWA liaisons serve as mentors to the scholars, build and sustain the FWA’s relationship with the school and its alumnae, and grow awareness and interest in the FWA on campus.

Currently, this special group includes:

  • Ilene Moskowitz – Columbia School of Business
  • Vicki Hartmann – Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
  • Susy Pestana – Fordham Graduate School of Business
  • Barbara Reguero – Bernard M. Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business
  • Mary Tanaskovic Bitting– NYU Stern School of Business

The FWA Graduate Scholarships are only awarded to students in the second and final year of their programs so that they can benefit from access to the network of FWA Members during their job search and from complimentary admission to FWA programs when refining their professional goals.  Through unlimited access to FWA Members and events, the Graduate Scholarship program creates a solid network that benefits scholars both immediately and over the long term.

“Over three decades we have awarded $800,000 in scholarships that have enabled and encouraged over 150 impressive young women to advance their careers,” Ilene Moskowitz, Graduate Scholarship committee chair stated.  “Our Graduate Scholarship program promotes the FWA’s mission of developing leaders in business.”

For more information, contact Ilene Moskowitz at