2019 Turks WiBF Leadership Scholarship

TurksLegal and Women in Banking & Finance (WiBF) are strong advocates for excellence in the Australian banking and finance industry. Now in its sixth year, the Turks WiBF Leadership Scholarship is an exciting joint initiative between TurksLegal and WiBF to provide WiBF members with a significant career development opportunity.

Major Prize

The winner of the Scholarship will travel to the United States of America to participate in The Women’s Leadership Program in 2020 (27 April – 1 May 2020), a one week course run by the highly esteemed Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Darden Executive Education has been ranked #1 in the world for faculty, facilities and course design in the Financial Times 2017 Executive Education rankings!

This course is designed to help women assess and address their unique strengths and challenges, as well as navigate the frequently complex dynamics of strategic business leadership. The prize includes return flights, course fees, materials, meals and accommodation valued at up to AU$11,000.

Application Process

To apply for the scholarship, members will need to prepare a brief essay response to the application question: What do you see as the major challenge to the banking and finance industry over the next 5 years, and as the CEO of your organisation how would you respond?

Consideration will be given to the clarity and intent of your response to this question, noting the limit of 3,500 characters (including spaces), as well as your responses to questions pertaining to:

Watch our interview with the 2018 Scholarship winner, Michelle Erdosi, Senior Manager, CX (Customer Experience), Bank of Queensland in the video window below.

The 2019 TurksLegal WiBF Leadership Scholarship – Flyer

Terms and Conditions – 2019 Turks WiBF Leadership Scholarship – Terms & Conditions

Click here to watch the interview with 2017 winner, Deborah Beeck.

Click here to watch the interview with 2016 winner, Emily Smith.

2019 Scholarship Judging Panel

The scholarship judging panel comprises a range of highly successful professionals across a diverse range of disciplines pertinent to the banking and finance sector.

The judging panel comprises the following senior industry leaders:

Judging Process

The Judging Panel will determine a number of Scholarship finalists by simple majority. The finalists must be available to attend a 10-30 minute interview with the Judging Panel at the offices of TurksLegal during the week commencing 23 September 2019.
Following the interviews, the finalist determined by the Judging Panel to have produced the best written and personal response will be awarded the Major Prize and be announced as the Scholarship Winner at a WiBF Leadership Series Business Lunch in Melbourne or Sydney in October/November 2019 (details TBC).


OPEN: Monday, 8 July 2019

CLOSE: 5:00pm AEST on Sunday, 18 August, 2019 

Who can Enter

The Scholarship is open to all current financial Individual Members of WiBF or empolyees of a WiBF corporate member. Entrants must work in the Banking and Finance industry. Applicants should have a minimum of 7 years’ experience working in a banking or financial organisation and be keen to take the next step in their career. The scholarship particularly invites applicants with demonstrated leadership experience and a commitment to creating positive change for future women leaders in the banking and financial services sector.

Application Criteria

Applicants must complete the online form via the WiBF website providing:

How to Enter

To apply, entrants must complete an online application form (on the WiBF website) and answer in a business case framework in 3,500 characters including spaces (or less) the following question:

What do you see as the major change challenge to the banking and finance industry over the next 5 years, and as the CEO of your organisation how would you respond? 

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