Scholarship recipients

University of the District of Columbia 2022

In 2020, the Structured Finance Foundation established a fund to provide scholarships to eligible students attending the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), a public historically black university, who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate finance, accounting or economics degree in its School of Business and Public Administration.

Manda Burnham,

Class of 2023

I am sincerely honored to have been selected as a recipient of the Structured Finance Foundation Scholarship.  Thank you for your generosity which will allow me the opportunity to focus solely on maintaining academic excellence.  I can give my undivided time and attention to my academic rigor.  As someone who grew up in a household where financial literacy was never a decision, I will break the cycle and obtain the knowledge to help generate and grow my wealth and the wealth within my communities.  With this scholarship, I am given more time to focus on community engagement by bringing awareness to financial literacy.  Growing up and not having the stability and support to go after your dreams because you know you’ll be on your own, financially and logistically kind of hinders you from taking that leap.  I want to be the guidance and encouragement for those growing up to take that leap.

Hansi Lara Cruz,

Class of 2023

I am deeply grateful for the opportunity of becoming one of the second generation students at UDC awarded by the Structured Finance Foundation. It is such an honor to be called one of the most promising students and have the opportunity to access the benefits the association has available for me. Being an international student awarded this gift during my first year of graduate school demonstrates it is possible to dream big. Working hard towards your career, getting high grades, doing your best every time, and making an effort when an assignment comes, is totally worth it. I cannot wait to see what is next and how I can contribute to the School of Business Administration and the Structured Finance Foundation in any way possible. I am sure they will help me grow my networking and develop skills to be a great professional after finishing my program.