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About the Scholarships

Students in an undergraduate program who are interested in working in the banking industry after graduation may apply for an RMA Foundation scholarship. The Risk Management Association Foundation offers scholarships to students in an undergraduate program who are interested in working in the banking industry after graduation. The RMA Foundation is awarding over $200,000 annually in scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Winners may reapply for continuation of their scholarships for up to two additional years, provided each student fulfills the renewal requirements and maintains their student membership with RMA. 

As a not-for-profit, member-driven professional association, RMA promotes a community of like-minded banking professionals who share ideas and experiences to advance the use of sound risk management principles in the financial services industry.

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Application Questions

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Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada.
  • Be a current college student enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States or Canada and will continue to be enrolled full time for the entire 2022-2023 academic year.
  • Intends to work in the banking industry following graduation.
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale overall (or equivalent).

Applicants do not have to be a current RMA member, but they must join (free) and remain a member to receive and renew their scholarship.

RMA employees and their dependents are ineligible to apply. Others ineligible to participate include current members of the Board of Directors of RMA and the RMA Foundation and their families

How are winners determined?

Scholarship recipients are selected based on merit with the following factors:

  • Demonstrated interest in the banking industry; (Examples: previous employment in a bank; RMA membership; involvement in local RMA chapter; academic studies; internships).
  • Academic achievement.
  • Participation and leadership in community and school activities, or related work experience.
  • Statement of career goals and objectives.

Financial need will not be considered.


2021 William F. Githens Scholarship

The William F. Githens Scholarship, named for RMA's former CEO, is awarded yearly to the most promising candidate or candidates who demonstrate exceptional academic achievements and commitment to the financial services industry.


Anna Nguyen

University of St. Thomas 



2020-21 RMA Foundation Scholarships

We are proud to present this year's RMA Scholars with RMA Foundation Scholarships:

Ramsey Abdulrahim Bentley University
Julia Acquavita Providence College
Jordana Ainslie University of San Diego
Arianna Akinwunmi University of Texas at San Antonio
Braden Allred Brigham Young University
Eric Aplis University of Tulsa
Brooke Aukerman Youngstown State University
Madeline Bale Yale University
Michael Baran University of Rhode Island
Emil Barr Columbia University
Jordan Boswell University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Mattison Bullard University of Central Oklahoma
Catherine Buzzerio Providence College
Bryan Cheng Texas A&M University
Tess Childs Grand Valley State University
Chinedu Chukwura Amherst College
Joshua Cogar Towson University
Gregory Desroches Hunter College
Ryan Ervin Northwood University: Michigan
Jordan Fader University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Andrew Fresen Colorado College
Kelly Gorman University of Notre Dame
Austin Greek University of Arkansas
Hayden Hawkins Brigham Young University

Omi Kavia University of Saskatchewan
Aaron Kelemen Brigham Young University
Wesley Kemp University of Jamestown
Ashley Kyelem Pomona College
Larson Lang Mount Royal University
Edward LeFever University of Florida
Travis Minter, Jr University of South Carolina: Columbia
Marc Nava Brigham Young University
Michael Neiswander University of Texas at Austin
Noel Nelson Texas A&M University
Caitlin Nguyen Virginia Tech
Anna Nguyen University of St. Thomas
Andrew Nolan Texas A&M University
Abisola Olaogun Northeastern University
Yohelis Polanco Hofstra University
Josh Ratcliffe Texas A&M University
Savannah See Eastern Kentucky University
Cameron Shepherd Stephen F. Austin State University
Arashdeep Singh Central Connecticut State University
Larrielle Stewart Dallas County Community College
Bryce Stokes Texas A&M University
Anna Turner Brigham Young University
Michael Watkins Bentley University
McKenzie Westland Christian Life College