Stifel's Fabric of Society Scholarship Program

Organization & Scholarship Overview:
The Fabric of Society scholarship program was started in 2008 by De La Rosa & Co. as an effort to make an investment in the education of California’s public high school seniors. When De La Rosa was acquired by Stifel in 2014, the scholarship program was expanded to include high school seniors across the nation. Each year, students at 50 pre-selected high schools are encouraged to write essays based on a selected quote, reflecting on their personal challenges and accomplishments, for a chance to be awarded a $2,000 scholarship. Once essays are submitted, our Public Finance team (or guest judges) read through each essay and award scholarships to students in the pre-selected high schools and five students at other high schools.

Overview Document: View Here
Registration Form & Official Rules: Download Here

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Open to graduating high school seniors (class of 2021).
  • We invite participants to write an original and creative essay based on the following Hellen Keller quote:
    “Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.” (600 – 800 words)
  • Contestants must be in good academic standing and on track to graduate in 2021 (minimum 2.0 weighted GPA).
  • Essays must be received or postmarked no later than Friday, March 12, 2021.

Required Documents:

  1. Your essay must be accompanied by: Cover sheet including the contestant’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address, high school, and the name of a parent or guardian.
  2. Registration form including:
    a) Statement signed by the contestant that the essay submitted is the original work of the contestant.
    b) Statement signed by the parent or guardian indicating that the parent or guardian approves of the contestant’s participation in the scholarship essay contest.
    c) Statement by a school official confirming that the contestant is a student in good standing, on track to graduate from the 12th grade in 2021.
    d) Release form signed by the student, parent or guardian, and person(s) named or identified in essay.

E-mail Submissions: Essays should be attached as a single-spaced Microsoft Word document of the e-mail. E-mail your essay and accompanying forms to:
Mail Submissions: Essays sent by U.S. mail or delivery service must be typewritten double-spaced. Include a word count with the essay. Essays must be e-mailed or postmarked by Friday, March 12, 2021.
Send your entry to:

  • The Fabric of Society / Stifel
    515 South Figueroa Street, Suite 1800
    Los Angeles, CA 90071

Renewable: No
Open to DREAMers: Yes
Questions? Please email