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FWIT 2024 Scholarship Information

One of the benefits of FWIT membership is the opportunity to obtain scholarships for furthering your education, studying for an additional credential, or attending a professional conference – all ways to enhance and promote your career and help you succeed.

All FWIT members in good standing who did not receive an Association Scholarship (Education or Conference) during the previous year are eligible to apply.

Applications are posted on the website each year and publicized via email, local Group leadership and social media.

Questions?  Contact Awards & Scholarships Chair, Charlotte McChesney.

The Association's two general education scholarships for 2024 in the amount of $1,000 each have been awarded and announced.  Read below for all the details.  Congratulations to both Emma Bothwell and Katelyn B. Miller and a big thank you to Award and Scholarships Chair, Charlotte McChesney, for coordinating the applications and judging.

Ten additional scholarships will be awarded in June 2024, in the amount of $450 each, for attendance at the 2024 FWIT 15th Annual Conference to be held in Galveston.  Applications are available on the Members Only page. Deadline for submission is May 31st.

FWIT Scholarship Winners

2023 General Education Scholarship Winners

General Education Scholarships are offered annually by FWIT to promote improvements in the professional development, leadership skills, education and training of women in the financial services industry and to bring together women in the financial services industry for the exchange of ideas, experiences, and interests.

In March of 2024 the Association awarded two (2) general education scholarships, in the amount of $1,000 each, for attendance at any educational offering of the applicant’s choice.  

We are proud to announce our FWIT 2024 General Scholarship Winners!

Congratulations to Emma Bothwell and Kateyn B. Miller

Emma Bothwell is a Real Estate Risk Manager, AVP at Texas Bank and Trust in Tyler, Texas.  Emma oversees appraisal, appraisal review, environmental risk, and construction draw aspects of the Loan Operations Department. With the scholarship funds, Emma plans to attend the CRE Appraisal Manager Forum by Risk Management Association.

Since joining FWIT in 2022, Emma attends meetings at the East Texas group where she is the Membership Co-Chair/ Assistant. Emma attended and assisted the 2023 FWIT Conference in Longview.

Emma is excited for what the future holds stating her motto is “bloom where you are planted.” Emma also commented “FWIT can help me reach these goals by stretching my leadership skills within the organization, learning from speakers at events, and gaining insight from fellow members who have walked this path before me.”

Congratulations Emma! We applaud your accomplishments and are honored to help you reach your goals!

Katelyn B Miller is a Financial Services Managing Consultant at FORVIS, CPA Firm. Katelyn has been with FORVIS for eight years. Katelyn primarily manages and performs, trust and wealth management and fair lending consulting reviews for financial institution. Katelyn also performs procedures for compliance reviews, BSA reviews and other specialty compliance related reviews.

Katelyn is a member of the East Texas FWIT Group and a former member of the Houston Group. Katelyn has been a member of FWIT since 2016 and acted as the Technology chair for the Association for three years, ending in 2023.

Katelyn says her long term goal is to be a Director at FORVIS, where she will manage a portfolio of client relationships and advise on wealth management and fair lending matters.  She remarked, “FWIT is a great resource for helping achieve this goal in that FWIT provides excellent networking opportunities.”

Join us in congratulating Katelyn, for we know with her determination she’ll thrive in any future projects or endeavors!

2023 Conference Scholarship Winners

For 2023 the Association awarded 10 scholarships to attend our 14th Annual Conference: FWIT 2023 - Go the Distance - Map Your Field of Dreams. Four of these scholarships were offered to first-time FWIT Conference attendees. The remaining six scholarships were awarded to members who had previously attended a FWIT Association Conference. The value of each scholarship was in the amount of the Early Bird registration of $400.  And the winners are:

First Time Attendees:

  • Krystal English, East Texas Group
  • Margie Llanes, Gulf Coast Group
  • Cynthia Torres, San Antonio Group
  • Lindsay Weldin, Houston Group 
Returning Attendees:
  • Julissa Alejandre, Houston Group
  • Kristin Graham, East Texas Group
  • Lynda Huffaker, Llano Estacado Group
  • Cheryl Linder, Gulf Coast Group
  • Laurn Montgomery, East Texas Group
  • Ellen Parson, San Antonio Group

Congratulations to all our scholarship recipients! 

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