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MBA Scholarships for Women

By Nicole Willson

Updated March 8, 2018 Updated March 8, 2018

According to Catalyst, women earned 36.5% of MBA degrees awarded in 2013-2014. Because of the low percentage of women MBAs, there are several MBA scholarships available to women. A sampling of them are listed below, starting with general scholarships programs and then US and international MBA scholarships.

List of Scholarships

Forte Fellows Program

  • For women getting a full or part-time MBA or EMBA at participating business schools
  • Exemplary leadership – academic, team, community or creative – needs to be demonstrated
  • Draws from diverse educational and work backgrounds, career goals, ethnicities and citizenship
  • Demonstrated commitment to women and girls through mentoring or community development
  • Average GMAT for class of 2016 – 701
  • Average GPA (also for class of 2016) – 3.6
  • To apply for the Forte Fellows Program, you must submit your MBA application to a participating school.

Appraisal Institute Education Trust - AIET Minorities and Women Education Scholarship

  • Must be pursuing a degree in real-estate appraisal or related fields
  • Must be enrolled in real-estate classes within a degree granting college or university

Scholarships for MBA Programs in the USA

C200 Scholars

  • C200's purpose is to "foster, celebrate and advance women's leadership in business". 
  • Must be a woman MBA candidate.
  • Scholarship awardees are selected based on work experience, GPA, recommendations and essays.
  • Scholarship is awarded at Outreach seminars to a first-year MBA student enrolled at that business school. Schools that have held past outreach seminars include University of Washington, Duke, London School of Business, Columbia, Harvard Business School, UCLA, University of Michigan, Stanford Business School, University of Colorado, Thunderbird, Emory and Vanderbilt.

American Association of University Women

Scholarships for MBA Programs in California

Financial Women's Association of San Francisco

  • For women pursuing careers in finance
  • Grad student awardees receive $10,000
  • Awarded 11 scholarships to undergrad and MBA students in 2015.

Chicana / Latina Foundation Scholarship Program

  • Awards $1,500 scholarships to Latina college students
  • Offering 31 scholarships for 2016
  • You must be enrolled in a college in Northeast California and have lived in Northeast California for the past 2 years.
  • Must be accepted into grad school and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for college course work

International MBA Scholarships

IE Business School Scholarships for Women

  • Scholarship for IE Business School's International MBA Program
  • Available to women who attend the QS MBA World Tour Fair in 2015-2016
  • To qualify, complete the QS Graduate Applicant survey you receive after completing the world tour.
  • Application requirements include a 500 word essay which answers the question: "What technology and/or innovation initiatives should be used to advanced female leadership within global organizations?”
  • Candidates are judged on their academic records as well as their potential for leadership and career advancement.

Graduate Women International Grants (formerly known as the International Federation for University Women)

  • Offered for any post-graduate program
  • May only be used in a country that where the candidate hasn’t studied or lived
  • Must apply through the Graduate Women International headquarters for your country
  • Scholarship awards between $3,150 and $6,300

Chief Executive Women

  • Offers scholarships for Australia-based women to attend Australian and International business schools
  • Designed to assist women in their careers and further women leaders
  • Scholarships for fields where women are typically underrepresented
  • Some of the scholarships are specific to certain business schools like Harvard and INSEAD
  • 10 scholarships will be offered in 2016

This article was originally published in August 2012 . It was last updated in March 2018

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Nicole is the SEO manager of, as well as a contributing author. She holds a BA in history and sociology, and a master's in library science. Aside from her work for QS, Nicole is a long-time contributing editor and administrator for WikiHow.