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Mills Students Selected for Financial Women's Association Scholarships

Oakland, CA–June 1, 2009. For the fifth year in a row, the Financial Women's Association (FWA) of San Francisco has chosen Mills College students among its scholarship recipients. This year, three students who plan a career in finance or financial services were selected for the prestigious honor.

The scholars will be introduced at the organization's annual Scholarship Awards luncheon on June 4. Since 1985, the organization has awarded nearly $1.5 million in scholarships to more than 170 Bay Area students. Recipients are selected for their academic achievement, leadership and communication skills, community involvement, and financial need.

Mills MBA student Emilie Linick received $10,000. Mills economics undergraduates Sandra Macias and Kyra, who goes by only one name, each received $5,000.

Before joining the Mills MBA Program, Linick was a field director and manager for Youth for Understanding, an international exchange program. She is also a Forté Foundation Fellow and currently interning with Kiva, a non-profit that brings together individuals to fund microloans for people from around the world.

Macias is this year's Marion Ross scholar and involved with many activities at Mills College. She fulfilled a role normally held by a faculty member and organized the College's team for the Model Arab League. She is also an economics teaching assistant, works for the College's Office of Institutional Research, and held leadership roles in the College's Economics Club, Pre-law Club, Toastmasters International, and debate team.

Kyra's dream is to become a chief financial officer for an international fashion design company where she can combine her accounting skills with her interest in costume design. She said that while clothing production has a long history of being underpaid and undervalued, she is attracted to the challenges in this industry.

All scholarship recipients also receive complimentary membership in the FWA and are assigned a mentor, providing them access to industry leaders and career guidance.

"These students give back to their communities," said Ileen Erickson, Mills College MBA career services director who assisted the students with their applications. "They value using their business skills for social benefit and will become future contributors in the business world."

Mills College, along with Stanford University and the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley are the only institutions with consistent MBA scholarship recipients over the past five years.

Started in 2001, the Mills MBA Program was designed specifically to help women advance in business. The program has grown from twelve students in its first year to a current 75 and expects to surpass 100 students after a fall 2009 opening of a new state-of-the-art environmentally friendly building.

More than 180 women have graduated from the program, entering in diverse fields such as environmental land management to international merchandising to publishing.

For more information visit the Mills MBA Program.

Nestled in the foothills of Oakland, California, Mills College is a nationally renowned, independent liberal arts college offering a dynamic progressive education that fosters leadership, social responsibility, and creativity to approximately 950 undergraduate women and 500 graduate women and men. Since 2000, applications to Mills College have more than doubled. The College is named one of the top colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report, one of the Best 368 Colleges by the Princeton Review, and ranks 75th among America's best colleges by Forbes.com. Visit us at www.mills.edu.


Quynh Tran
Media Relations Manager

Last Updated: 2/27/17