Women of ALPFA Deloitte Student Essay Competition

Winner Announced: Congratulations to Awilda Mendez!

Awilda Mendez is currently a dual-degree student at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and MIT Sloan. Prior to her graduate studies, she worked for UBS Investment Bank with their real estate team. She also worked for BlackRock Private Equity Partners for her summer internship in 2009. Ms. Mendez is also a graduate of Princeton University where she majored in Politics and minored in Latin American Studies, Political Theory, Spanish, and Women & Gender Studies.

As the essay competition winner, Awilda will receive complimentary registration, airfare, and accommodations to the ALPFA National Convention in Orlando, FL.

Scholarship to be presented at the Deloitte Women of ALPFA luncheon on Sunday, August 1st, 2010.

Submission period is over.
Please check back on Monday, March 22, 2010 for Prompt Question.

The Women of ALPFA program’s mission in to inspire and develop Latina business leaders to break barriers, achieve life and career aspirations and celebrate their unique Latin culture. 

Following that vision, ALPFA and Deloitte, through the Women of ALPFA Deloitte Student Essay Competition,  have partnered up to continue to stimulate and encourage student Latina women to continue developing and engaging professionally, thus enhancing their opportunities to succeed in business, accounting, finance and related professions while impacting their communities.

The goal of the Women of ALPFA Deloitte Student Essay Competition is to increase awareness among female students on the professional nature of business, accounting, finance, and related fields. It is aimed to encourage research and critical thinking skills and recognition of the need for strong communication skills.

I encourage you to participate in this program as it serves to advance and publicize ALPFA and Deloitte's mission of continuing to develop new women minority leaders through programs that nurture and promote individual, academic, and professional growth as well as improve communities nationally.

Total Scholarship Fund: $1250
Winner will be announced in early May.
Winner will also receive complimentary convention registration, airfare, and accommodations to the ALPFA Annual Convention in Orlando, FLA
Scholarship to be presented at the Deloitte Women of ALPFA luncheon on Sunday, August 1st, 2010.

Eligibility Criteria:

·       Must be an ALPFA Student Member

·       Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident residing in the United States or Puerto Rico

·       Must be currently attending full-time an accredited four-year university/college in the U.S. or Puerto Rico or a community college with intent to transfer to a  four-year university/college for the 2010-2011 academic year

·       Must be pursuing an undergraduate or master's degree in business, finance, accounting or a related field

·       Must have earned and maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.


Response Essay:

You are a high performing junior staff member on a demanding client engagement team and because of your strong leadership potential, you’ve been selected by your region’s diversity leader to join a group of professionals who are tasked with taking a fresh look at your firm’s diversity recruiting strategy.  One of the reasons they selected you is to tap into your views as a Generation Y professional, hoping to learn more ways in which technology can be leveraged in the development of the new strategy.  What are the key components in the design, development and implementation of a Latino recruitment program i.e. business case, goals, challenges, program structure, benefits, etc.?  How do you evaluate progress of a recruiting process that targets a segment of the market such as the Latino population?  Once successful, what can the company do to leverage the program beyond recruiting?

Please attach response essay to application.
Please submit a typed, double spaced statement of approximately 800 words.
Essay should provide insightful exploration of the question posed.
Your statement should include descriptions and explanations of your ability to demonstrate leadership, strategize and problem solve effectively, influence to overcome team doubt, and strength derived from your culture which will enable the scholarship committee to evaluate your eligibility for this award.
Student Resume:
Please include your resume.
Please include unofficial transcripts.

Completed application MUST be postmarked by Friday, May 7, 2010

Mail to: ALPFA

Attn: Women of ALPFA Student Essay Contest

801 S. Grand Ave, Suite 650

Los Angeles, CA 90017