Guild Mortgage has awarded 10 academic collegiate scholarships to students pursuing continuing education. The Guild Giving Scholarship Program, now in its third year, provides financial assistance to qualified members of the community, as well as Guild Mortgage employees and their dependents. Winners are awarded $1,500 to be applied to accredited colleges, community colleges, trade schools, and undergraduate and graduate degree programs in any field of study.
The 2019 recipients are: Kai Broach, Western Washington University; Sebastian Castillo Cario, UCLA; Bailie Gowans, Brigham Young University-Idaho; Natasha Holland, University of Oregon; Madilyn Kusch, Texas Tech University; Grace Anne Martin, Liberty University (Va.); Dani McCartney, Pima Community College (Ariz.); Katharine Rucker, UCLA; Courtney Scott, Montana State University; and Miguel Velazquez, University of California San Diego.
“Giving back and supporting our local communities is part of our culture at Guild,” said Mary Ann McGarry, Guild Mortgage president and CEO. “We’re pleased to see the Guild Giving Scholarship program continue to grow with an increasing number of applicants in 2019 and honored to help support the continuing education of these 10 bright individuals.”
The scholarships are awarded through the Guild Giving Foundation, a non-profit organization established to help deliver on Guild's commitment to strengthening communities and building relationships across the country. In addition to supporting dozens of local and national charities through direct donations and company-backed volunteer time, the Guild Giving Foundation offers employees a dollar-for-dollar donation match, up to a maximum of $250 per year.
To be eligible, applicants must be a United States citizen or national, have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 and meet one of the following criteria: be enrolled full-time in a U.S. high school, have graduated from a U.S. high school or have obtained a U.S. GED at the time of application; or be enrolled full-time as a college student at the undergraduate level with a minimum GPA of 2.5 at the time of application. Applicants must also live within geographic reference to a Guild Mortgage branch or office in their city, state or county.
Students must submit a student essay, statement of career objectives, letter of reference and their official high school or college transcripts as part of the application process. Recipients are selected by a third-party law firm that specializes in assisting 501(c)(3) charities and foundations in navigating scholarship grant creation and maintenance programs. Payment is made to the recipient’s school of choice upon notification and in accordance with the school’s scholarship guidelines. Scholarships may be a one-time award or be renewed each year through an endowment.