We need your help. As chair of the Foundation for Financial Service Professionals, one of my jobs is to be an ambassador for our mission and programs and raise money to support these initiatives. We are especially focused on students pursuing degrees in financial services and on the promotion of ethical business practices.
For example, the Paul Mills Scholarship program is now a needs-based scholarship offered to undergraduate students pursuing a degree in a financial service field. Our selection panel reviewed over 125 scholarship applications, with the challenging task of choosing just seven candidates to each receive a $1,000 scholarship. You’ll hear more about the winning candidates in our next issue.
Kevon White, one of last year’s recipients, thanked us with the following message: “Your gift has helped me tremendously and without it, I wouldn’t be where I am now. I am pursuing my accounting degree and hopefully will earn a master’s in accounting. I am greatly thankful for your gift.”
We are also focused on students in our Industry Issues Competition (IIC). We received terrific feedback from one of the winners of that event. Tyler Chaney, of Texas Tech, had this to say about the IIC:
“The competition was an amazing opportunity. To be around people who are in our projected work field was an amazing experience. The whole process was a valuable learning experience and I would not have traded it for anything.”
The IIC pulls together teams of college students from the Society of FSP’s University Partners Program. These students prepare a research paper on a critical issue of high relevance to financial services. The top three teams then compete in an oral competition with $10,000 in scholarship winnings at stake.
There is one last need of which I want to make you aware. The Foundation needs your help and connections to sustain our wonderful American Business Ethics Award. Now in its 21st year, the ABEA has been recognized as the premier award of its kind in the United States. Our ultimate goal is to endow this award. If you have contacts or leads that can help us reach this goal, please contact the Foundation. And please consider lending your support so that we can continue to spotlight ethical business cultures.
The Foundation Web site highlights various giving options. Just go to https://www.financialpro.org/foundation/Contribution/support.cfm to make a gift today.
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2015 Industry Issues Competition
The Foundation for Financial Service Professionals announced the topic of the 2015 Industry Issues Competition, in which teams of students present solutions to an issue of importance to the financial services profession. The deadline for entries is October 31, 2014. [view pdf]
Journal Author Award Recipients
This award, sponsored by the Foundation, recognized the top three articles published in the Journal of Financial Service Professionals during the 2013 calendar year. [view pdf]
Paul Mills Scholarships
Here are the numbers on the Paul Mills Scholarships program, which provides needs-based scholarships to students pursuing an undergraduate degree in a financial service-related field. [view pdf]