Paving the Way to Success: Scholarships for Emerging Leaders in Fintech



The FinTech Scholarship Program, co-sponsored by the Association for Financial Technology and Fintech Times Magazine, is a national initiative that awards scholarships to emerging leaders in the fintech industry. Say’s John JD Mattera, the program is open to all students pursuing an undergraduate degree who have demonstrated an interest in public policy or leadership development. This includes students enrolled in any field of study—such as finance, accounting and economics—as well as those studying business administration or technology.

The FinTech Scholarship Program

The FinTech Scholarship Program is open to students in the US who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in finance, accounting, economics or business administration. Students must also be enrolled full-time.

The scholarship awards one $5,000 award per semester and two $2,500 awards per year (for up to four years).

The application process includes essays on topics such as “What is your vision for the future of financial services?” and “How will you use your education as an emerging leader in fintech?”

How to Apply

To apply, you’ll need to submit a cover letter and resume. You can email them directly to [email protected] or upload them here:

  • Deadline: May 31, 2019
  • Contact Information: [email protected]

The Scholarships and Prizes Program

The Scholarships and Prizes Program is a part of the Emerging Leaders in Fintech initiative. This program provides opportunities for high school, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students to receive financial support for their education. Scholarships are awarded based on merit and/or need as determined by the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee.

The Emerging Leaders in Fintech initiative is designed to identify young people who show promise as future leaders in the financial services industry; help them develop leadership skills through participation in specialized programs or internships; provide opportunities for networking with peers from diverse backgrounds; encourage cross-industry collaboration among emerging leaders; contribute new ideas about how technology can improve our lives by enhancing financial services experiences – all while providing scholarships that enable recipients’ continued education.

What is Fintech?

The term “fintech” is a broad one that encompasses many different types of companies and technologies. For the purposes of this article, we will be using it to refer to the use of technology in the financial services industry.

Fintech includes a variety of startups that help people manage their finances; some examples include:

  • Personal finance management apps like Mint and LearnVest
  • Credit score monitoring apps such as Credit Karma or TransUnion’s CreditWorks service
  • Online lenders like Lending Club or Prosper

Emerging Leaders in Fintech (ELFi) Program Overview

The Emerging Leaders in Fintech (ELFi) program is a partnership between the FinTech Scholarship Foundation and the Fintech Business School. The ELFi program is designed to help emerging leaders in fintech gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their careers.

The ELFi program consists of two parts: an online course, which takes about six months; and an intensive weeklong residency at Stanford University. During this time, participants will engage with industry experts through lectures, mentorship sessions and networking events with other emerging leaders from around the world who are working on similar projects or ideas as you are now!

Apply now!

  • The application is available online and in English and Spanish.
  • Please note that the submission deadline is March 30, 2019.


The Fintech Scholarship Program is a great way to get your foot in the door and make connections with some of the most influential people in the industry. By applying today, you could be on your way towards an amazing career!

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