Apply to Jennett Finance Scholars Program

Is the program right for you?

A Finance Scholar:

  • Shows a keen interest in pursuing a career in investment banking, equity research, sales and trading, asset management, investment management or corporate finance
  • Has superior academic achievement with a minimum overall GPA of 3.5
  • Demonstrates exceptional initiative and leadership ability
  • Is willing to commit to a 3-semester participation in the program

Sophomore/Junior Year

  • Participate in scheduled meetings in the spring semester of sophomore year
  • On-site visits to premier financial institutions in New York or Chicago during late spring or early fall
  • An initial $1,000 scholarship for the fall semester
  • Enroll in FIN 302 during the fall semester and FIN 303, spring semester
  • Preparation to apply for a summer internship in finance: resume review, phone and face-to-face mock interviews, interaction with guest speakers, financial accounting/valuation and financial modeling modules
  • A $500 scholarship in the spring (subject to successful continued association with the Finance Scholars Program)
  • Complete the Bloomberg Market Concepts certification and the Wall Street Prep Student Passport modules

Senior Year

  • A $500 scholarship in the fall
  • Completion of recommended coursework in corporate finance, applied portfolio management, valuation, fixed income and derivatives
  • Main job interviewing season
  • Networking events in the Kansas City metro

Application process

The 2024–25 application process for the Jennett Finance Scholars Program is now closed. Students selected to participate in the 2024–25 class must attend a welcome/planning meeting from 2:15–4:30 p.m. December 1 in 3001 Capitol Federal Hall.

Application details

Applicants will submit the following documents in PDF format and in the order specified below:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Advising report with visible letter grades and GPAs (degree progress reports will not be accepted)
  4. Responses to the following questions (limit answers to no more than 300 words per question):
    • What have you done thus far to demonstrate your commitment to pursuing a career in competitive finance?
    • Why do you want to be a Finance Scholar?
    • What would you contribute to the Finance Scholars Program?
    • Discuss your summer plans and how these fit with your goals of a career in finance.
    • Describe a time you have worked for something through your own initiative, or discuss an instance when your persistence paid off.

Other materials:

  1. Two reference letters. It is strongly suggested that one of these be an academic reference, preferably from KU business faculty. Strong reference letters from previous employers or anyone in a supervisory role are also accepted. Reference letters can be submitted on HireJayhawks or emailed to

Please make sure your application packet, including reference letters, is complete before the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Directions for submitting an application

  1. Login to If you have not activated your account, you will need to fill out your personal information by clicking on "Update my account" in the menu on the left.
  2. Add your documents by clicking on "View my documents" > "My documents." Once there, be sure to save your resume as a resume, cover letter as a cover letter, and all other documents as “Other documents.” Name each with a file name that will let you determine you have the correct document. Hint: name your files with a descriptive name such as “Finance Scholars Resume” or “FS Questions” as you will only see the file name when you go to apply.
  3. To apply to Jennett Finance Scholars, on the menu on the left, click on "Research employers" > "All," then search for “Jennett Finance Scholars” in the keywords box.
  4. Click on "Jennett Finance Scholars," then "Available positions."
  5. Click on the “Jennett Finance Scholars Program” job title to enter the application and submit your resume and other supporting documents.