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Introduction to ATLAS Fellows & Application Process

ATLAS Fellows opens doors for brilliant, under-resourced young people to give them access to life-changing careers in the finance industry.  


An ATLAS Fellow demonstrates outstanding merit and an interest in a career in finance. The program helps students achieve college and career goals by providing four years of financial support and career mentorship including:

  • Up to $20,000 in financial aid for college tuition and other educational expenses, each year that the Fellow is in good standing with the institution and ATLAS Fellows  
  • 4 years of best-in-class, paid, full-time summer internships at prestigious financial institutions where Fellows develop the professional knowledge and networks to enter a career in finance 
  • Professional development training to equip Fellows to be successful in the 21st century workplace  
  • Membership in a community of current ATLAS Fellows and alumni 


ELIGIBILITY and REQUIREMENTS


DEMOGRAPHICS  

  • High school seniors on track to graduate and enroll in a four-year college or university 
  • Reside in or attend school at one of the following locations: Chicago, IL; New York City, NY; or Teton County, WY 
  • Must be a US citizen or legal permanent resident in the US

ACADEMIC INTEREST AND SUCCESS

  • Exceptional academic ability and stellar record of achievement
  • Current unweighted GPA above 3.0 
  • Challenging course selection, with emphasis on STEM and/or finance-related high school classes, including but not limited to advanced mathematics, computer technology/coding, sciences, and/or business
  • Demonstrated interest in a career in accounting, banking, business, or finance 

ATTRIBUTES AND CHARACTERISTICS

  • Achievement-oriented: works hard to achieve academic and social success—even when it does not come easily 
  • Exceptional work ethic: possesses a great deal of stamina to pursue one’s dreams and is always the first to volunteer to help 
  • High degree of agency: has a strong belief in one’s power over the outcome of events in life, and perceives one’s success as the result of hard work 
  • Skilled time management: ability to prioritize effectively based on academics and extracurricular activities
  • Intellectual Curiosity: demonstrates real interest in unfamiliar topics and ability to drive one's own learning  
  • Team Player: works well with others and forms strong and authentic bonds with people of diverse backgrounds 


APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Complete the application and submit all required documents by March 14, 2022, including:

  • General background (personal, family, academic) information
  • High school transcript (including first semester senior grades) + HS profile
  • Standardized Test Scores (*optional)
  • Essay (500 word limit) explaining how you became interested in a career in finance and why you want to become an ATLAS Fellow
  • Additional sample of written work (650 word limit) - i.e. Common App Essay, core subject research paper, etc.
  • Recommendation from a core subject teacher who knows you well.  (Deadline for recommenders is 03/18/2022.) 

INTERVIEW PROCESS

 

Applicants selected for the second round will take part in an interview.  Interviews will be held in late March/early April, 2022.  Applicants will be asked to share their goals for the future and how this program will allow them to achieve these goals.

 

SELECTION

 

Fellowship recipients will be selected and notified at the end of April, 2022.   

Before you begin the application:

Please ensure that you have all of the following materials available to you and ready to upload:  

  • Transcript (including first-semester senior year grades)
  • Contact information for your recommender (core subject teacher) 
  • Essay (500 word limit) - Write an essay about how you first became interested in a career in finance and why you want to become an ATLAS Fellow. (word or pdf files only)
  • Sample of written work (650 word limit) - i.e. Common App essay, core subject essay (word or pdf files only)
  • High School Profile* (if available - ask your school counselor)
  • Standardized Test Scores* (optional)
Applicants who make it to the second round of the selection process may be asked to provide further documentation to support aspects of the application including household income, college enrollment, financial aid package, etc.
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Required Documents & Materials

ATLAS Essay

Write an essay about how you first became interested in a career in finance and why you want to become an ATLAS Fellow. (Word Limit - 500 words)

Sample of Written Work
Please upload a sample of your written work here.  Acceptable samples include your Common Application personal statement; supplemental essays from college applications; or completed essays or assignments from core subjects such as English, business, science.  (Word Limit - 650 words) 

Letter of Recommendation
Please submit the name and contact information of your chosen recommender.  Please choose a core subject teacher from your school. Your recommender will receive a Recommendation form by email.  Please note - the Recommender deadline is Friday, March 18th.   



High School Transcript + School Profile
Please upload your official high school transcript that includes the most recent semester. If available, please include a school profile document that includes school location, student enrollment data, and courses offered.