Women in Public Finance Chicago Chapter Scholarship


Women in Public Finance Chicago Chapter (“Chicago WPF”) is a non-profit, educational, and professional networking organization for women in the public finance industry, specifically throughout Chicagoland. Governed by a 15-member board of directors representing the areas of finance, banking and law, the organization also sponsors a variety of philanthropic events in support of women.
In support of its mission, Chicago WPF plans to award up to three scholarships: the Dana Marinacci Scholarship ($2,000) for women students interested in public finance with a focus on government, the Founder’s Scholarship ($1,500) for women students interested in all scopes of finance, and the Miró Scholarship ($1,000) open to women students with an interest in financial services. This year we are also adding an additional new element to the scholarships. Those awarded will also receive ongoing mentorship and access to a limited number of Chicago WPF educational and social events in the upcoming year.


The purpose of the Chicago WPF scholarship program is to:

1. Recognize female undergraduates and graduate students in the Chicagoland area who have exhibited scholastic achievement and demonstrated leadership skills;

2. Encourage the consideration of careers in public finance; and

3. Provide an opportunity for scholarship recipients to meet women established in the public finance industry and learn about various career options and opportunities in public finance.

To qualify for a scholarship, the applicant must satisfy the following requirements:

1. Be a female Chicagoland resident attending college or graduate school in Fall 2021;

2. Have a minimum 3.2 GPA;

3. Exhibit leadership skills through extracurricular activities, work experience, volunteer positions and/or community service;

4. Have an interest in a career in public finance (including law, finance, accounting, public policy, banking, government and/or non-profits); and

5. Complete and submit the following:

a. Scholarship Application (see attached)

b. Essay response

c. Copy of transcript

d. Recommendation letter from student’s academic advisor, department chair or faculty member.

Send all completed scholarship packets via e-mail in PDF format to no later than 5:00 P.M., Chicago/Central Time, on Friday, August 31, 2021. Scholarship recipients will be selected by Tuesday, August 10, 2021. Proof of enrollment in the fall semester of study for 2021 must be provided to Chicago WPF before funds will be disbursed. If you have questions, please contact Chicago WPF at