Scholarships

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 full-time students from across the country.

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Interested applicants are encouraged to apply at the start of each new year. The 2022 application period will begin in January 2022.

Eligibility

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

Scholarship winners 2021

In its fifth year, the Guild Giving Foundation awarded scholarships to applicants from across the country.
Below are the recipients of 2021 scholarships:

Danielle Morgan - 2021 recipient photo
Danielle Morgan
College of Charleston
Dative Harerimana - 2021 recipient photo
Dative Harerimana
University of Denver
Dillon Cook - 2021 recipient photo
Dillon Cook
University of Alabama
Emily DeGarmo - 2021 recipient photo
Emily DeGarmo
University of North Texas
Krish Parikh - 2021 recipient photo
Krish Parikh
University of Nevada: Reno
Jack Jeep - 2021 recipient with Guild Giving logo placeholder
Jack Jeep
Missouri University of Science & Technology
Madalyn Unrein - 2021 recipient photo
Madalyn Unrein
University of Colorado Springs
Margaret Driscoll - 2021 recipient photo
Margaret Driscoll
Creighton University: School of Medicine
Meckena Hultin - 2021 recipient photo
Meckena Hultin
University of California: School of Law
Sydney Shaw-Nuno - 2021 recipient photo
Sydney Shaw-Nuno
North Seattle College

Testimonials

Krish Parikh - 2021 recipient photo
I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the Guild Giving Scholarship Foundation for funding my educational expenses. This past year has been financially stressful for me and my family, so I am very grateful to be a recipient of this scholarship. Instead of worrying about working, I can now allocate more of my time to what matters most: my studies! I am a pre-Medicine student studying neuroscience at the University of Nevada, Reno. My dream is to go to medical school and one day become a surgeon. For this upcoming academic year, aside from classes, I plan on continuing to volunteer at COVID-19 vaccination sites. Thank you, once again, for alleviating the financial burden of next year!
Krish Parikh, Reno, Nevada | University of Nevada, Reno, Pre-medicine, 2021 scholarship recipient
Margaret Driscoll - 2021 recipient photo
Thank you so much for awarding me this scholarship. I am grateful and humbled to have received it. This will help ease the burden of loans and allow me to focus during my third year of medical school by providing great care to patients and developing the leadership and empathy skills needed to become a physician they can count on.
Margaret Driscoll, Omaha, Nebraska | Creighton University, School of Medicine, 2021 scholarship recipient
Meckena Hultin - 2021 recipient photo

I was ecstatic to learn that I was a recipient of the Guild Giving Scholarship. I am writing to thank you for your generous financial support towards my pursuit of higher education. I am a law student at University of California, Davis, School of Law. My entire life I have wanted to study law, particularly as a public interest lawyer and I am now getting the chance to do just that.

Upon graduation I plan to work as a prosecutor, working to fix inequities in charging decisions and overall help create the fair and just system society deserves. Thanks to you, I am one step closer to that goal. By naming me a recipient of the Guild Giving Scholarship, you have lightened my financial burden and allowed me to take some focus away from finances and direct it towards learning and community participation. Specifically, the money provided by this scholarship will help me continue to participate in unpaid programs which will set me up for a career in the public service sector. Thank you again for providing the avenue to reach my academic and career goals.

Meckena Hultin, Davis, California | University of California Davis, School of Law, 2021 scholarship recipient
Guild Giving Food Bank Texas volunteers

I am the fortunate recipient of the Guild Giving Scholarship for the 2021-2022 school year. I cannot properly express my gratitude and what a consequential difference this makes for me, due to an extremely strained financial situation in my family. I will be a senior this fall at Northeastern University, majoring in Electrical Engineering and Physics. It is hard to believe, but I will be applying in the next few months to graduate school, specifically for my PhD in Physics, but heading into Quantum Science. I am currently working in a lab at MIT and hope to continue with my graduate studies there. Every step I progress is more interesting because it allows me to delve further into the subjects, I am interested in. This scholarship allows me the ability to go forward, learn more and to focus concentrated time in the labs I research in. Thank you so much!

Adrian Fedorko, Boston, MA | Northeastern University, Electrical Engineering and Physics major, 2021 scholarship recipient
Guild Giving volunteers

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
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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
Madilynn Kusch photo

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.

Madilynn Kusch, Lubbock, TX | Texas Tech University, Nutritional Sciences major, 2019 scholarship recipient
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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
Bailie Gowans - 2019 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
Kai Broach - 2019 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
Mackenzie Floyd photo

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!

Mackenzie Floyd, Prosper, TX | Baylor University, Finance major, 2017 scholarship recipient
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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
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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
Lydia Peplinski photo
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

Kristen Ahner 2020

Kristen Ahner
Princeton University

Adrian Fedorko 2020

Adrian Fedorko
Northeastern University

Pheobe Funai 2020

Pheobe Funai
University of Florida

Madelyn Hall 2020

Madelyn Hall
St. Mary’s University

Samantha Katz 2020

Samantha Katz
University of Colorado Boulder

Kyleigh Layman 2020

Kyleigh Layman
Oregon State University

Leonard Shearer 2020

Leonard Shearer
Cornell University

Alyse Weidman 2020

Alyse Weidman
Brigham Young University-Hawaii

Kai Broach 2019

Kai Broach
Western Washington University

Sebastian Castillo 2019

Sebastian Castillo Carilo
UCLA

Bailie Gowans 2019

Bailie Gowans
University of Oregon

Madilyn Kush 2019

Madilynn Kusch
Texas Tech University

Grace Anne Martin 2019

Grace Anne Martin
Liberty University (VA)

Dani Mccartney 2019

Dani Mccartney
Pima Community College (AZ)

Katharine Rucker 2019

Katharine Rucker
UCLA

Courtney Scott 2019

Courtney Scott
Montana State University

Miguel Velasquez 2019

Miguel Velasquez
University of California San Diego

Quinn Ballard 2018

Quinn Ballard
Texas A&M University

Noah Bell 2018

Noah Bell
Arizona University

Ross Brooker 2018

Ross Brooker
Saint Louis University

Kali Castle 2018

Kali Castle
Idaho State University

Larissa Flores 2018

Larissa Flores
Southeastern Oklahoma
State University

Todd Jordan 2018

Jordan Todd
Piedmont Community College

Justin Potwora 2018

Justin Potwora
Southern Methodist University

Catherine Estes 2017

Catherine Estes

Mackenzie Floyd 2017

Mackenzie Floyd
Baylor University

Lydia Peplinski 2017

Lydia Peplinski
George Fox University

Deonte Sanseverino 2017

Deonte Sanseverino

McKenna Sjoden 2017

McKenna Sjoden
University of Oregon

Jason Tinney 2017

Jason Tinney
Cairn University