In February 2017, the Guild Giving Foundation launched its first annual scholarship program. Now each year, the foundation will award up to 10 collegiate scholarships, worth $1,500 each, to fulltime students from across the country.
Interested applicants are encouraged to apply at the start of each new year. The 2022 application period will begin in January 2022.
Applicants to The Guild Giving scholarship program must:
Be a United States citizen or national.
Have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
Be high school seniors or graduates, postsecondary undergraduates, or graduate students.
Intend full-time enrollment in a collegiate program at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or
vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year.
Live within geographic reference to a Guild Mortgage branch or office in their city, county or state, as
determined by Guild Mortgage Company, Inc.
In its third year, the Guild Giving Foundation awarded scholarships to applicants from across the country.
Below are the recipients of 2020 scholarships:
University of Florida
St. Mary’s University
University of Colorado Boulder
Oregon State University
University of Colorado Denver
Bringam Young University-Hawaii
I have decided to spend my years of college at the University of Florida in their Honors College! I am majoring in Finance, and I hope to graduate with my master’s degree in Finance at the end of my four years. A Master of Finance degree will allow me to explore the Mortgage Industry more in-depth, and hopefully start a great career. The Guild Giving Scholarship helps my family and me tremendously with paying for college. Earning this scholarship is such a fantastic opportunity and allows me to alleviate some of the financial stress my parents may have while I am in college. This scholarship money also allows me to participate in charitable organizations rather than getting a part-time job to fund my room and board. I am very grateful for this scholarship and can’t wait to see what the future holds. Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity!
Phoebe Funai, Gainesville, FL | University of Florida, Finance major, 2020 scholarship recipient
I am extremely grateful for the scholarship, especially this year, since there is little available as far as work, and my parent’s businesses have completely shut down for the last few months. I am looking forward to both my classes this year, as well as my work with MIT and Northeastern. I seize every opportunity to learn as much as I can, even outside of class, and continue to work towards my goal of graduate school, a PhD, and hopefully running a laboratory in the future. Thank you for affording me the opportunity to attend Northeastern with less worry about whether I can actually finance the coming year.
Adrian Fedorko, Boston, MA | Northeastern University, Electrical Engineering and Physics major, 2020 scholarship recipient
I am a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill double majoring in computer science and business administration. I am particularly excited about the use of artificial intelligence in business and hope to found an AI-based startup in the future. In 2016, I founded Cardbound, LLC, an online trading cards retailer that has sold almost $1,000,000 in goods and processed over 25,000 orders. I have continued to operate Cardbound and am working to use my computer science knowledge to improve business efficiency. Last summer, I interned at Bank of America through the Student Leaders program and helped City Year Denver, a local branch of a national non-profit, reevaluate their recruiting efforts to better target potential applicants. Additionally, during high school, I competed in speech and debate and was a semifinalist in the International Public Policy Forum (IPPF) Debate competition sponsored by the Brewer Foundation and NYU. I also completed human-robot interaction research at the University of Colorado at Boulder and subsequently won 2nd place in the Math & Computer Science category at the Corden Pharma Science Fair. The Guild Giving Scholarship has allowed me to forgo a work-study job, and instead focus on extracurricular activities including clubs and research. I have already gotten involved with the Undergraduate Consulting Club, Finance Society, and the Student Developers Club. I am excited to get involved with the top-notch research occurring at UNC and hope to work in a robotics lab in the near future. Thanks.
Leonard Shearer, Ithaca, NY | Cornell University, Computer Science and Business Administration major, 2020 scholarship recipient
The Guild Giving Scholarship has provided me with the opportunity to reach my goals. I am now a sophomore at Texas Tech University where I major in Nutritional Sciences on the Pre-Med track. I was accepted into the Honors College and have a 4.0 GPA, qualifying me for the President’s List. This past year has challenged me and helped me develop many new skills to prepare myself for the future. The Guild Giving Scholarship has shown me that my dreams are within reach and I can do anything that I set my mind to.
I am a Regents Scholar at University of California, Los Angeles, majoring in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences/Mathematics and minoring in Geophysics and Planetary Physics. After getting a PhD, I would like to work for NASA as a scientist exploring and analyzing space. The Guild Giving Foundation has given me the opportunity to afford my academic and career goals and I greatly appreciate their generosity.
Katy Rucker, Los Angeles, CA | University of California Los Angeles, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences/Mathematics major, 2019 scholarship recipient
I am hoping to be admitted into the Nursing Program this coming winter semester. I love to learn about how our bodies work and how that knowledge can help me help others. The Guild Giving Scholarship has enabled me to pay tuition and housing expenses to reach that goal.
Bailie Gowans, Rexburg, ID | Brigham Young University, Nursing major, 2019 scholarship recipient
I am a fourth-year Computer Science major at Western Washington University. Between watching current events, minoring in Energy Science, and working for the Office of Sustainability, I feel impassioned to fight for a more sustainable and just future. I hope that I can make a real impact in the fight against climate change, and I plan to pursue a career that allows me to do that, ideally writing renewable energy or energy efficiency software. That opportunity will be coming soon; I am on track to graduate with honors next spring. In my senior year, I look forward to working with faculty more on long-term projects that will hopefully jump-start me into my field. Thank you.
Kai Broach, Bellingham, WA | Western Washington University, Computer Science major, 2019 scholarship recipient
I am writing to thank you for your generous renewal of my scholarship. I was so excited and appreciative that I was selected as a recipient for the fourth year. This scholarship has lightened my financial burden which allows me to focus on my studies. I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me. Thanks again!
The financial strain of going to college can be very stressful, but the foundation has eased that strain. Because of [Guild Giving], I am able to focus on learning and preparing for my future career, instead of constantly worrying about my financial situation.
Jason Tinney, Sierra Vista, AZ | Cairn University, Secondary History major, 2017 scholarship recipient
I am very grateful for the Guild Giving Foundation’s contribution to my education, and for their help in allowing me to accomplish my dreams and reach my career goals. I cannot wait to see what the future holds!
McKenna Sjoden, Montrose, CO | Clark Honors College, University of Oregon, 2017 scholarship recipient
The Guild Giving Foundation Scholarship helped me pursue a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and a Minor in Biblical Studies. Every year I received money it would bring a smile to my face because it reminded me that I was supported by another community! I am so thankful for the Guild Giving Foundation. Throughout my bachelors, I have had the opportunity to be a member/officer of sigma zeta (academic honors club), participate in an REU (summer research) at Clemson University, and maintain a high academic GPA. My future educational pursuits still are uncertain, but I look forward to finishing off my senior year! Thanks for all you’ve done.
Lydia Peplinski, Newberg, OR | George Fox University, Biochemistry major, 2017 scholarship recipient