Individuals demonstrating high commitment to promote diversity in financial planning win access to annual gathering of financial planning professionals
DENVER – Aug. 25, 2011 – The Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) recently announced its 2011 Diversity Scholarship winners, recognizing top professionals who are working to expand diversity in the financial planning profession. The merit-based scholarship recipients earn a one-year FPA membership and free registration and travel expenses to FPA Experience 2011 being held in San Diego, Calif. Sept. 15-18.
“FPA continues to encourage diversity within the financial planning community in order to engage more unique ideas and perspectives,” said Marvin W. Tuttle, CAE, executive director and CEO of the Financial Planning Association. “The FPA Diversity Scholarship winners share our commitment to promote a financial planning environment that embraces diversity for both consumers and professionals.”
The scholarship is awarded to financial services students and professionals willing to demonstrate and act upon an intense desire to promote diversity in the financial planning profession.
The FPA Experience 2011 FPA Diversity Scholarship recipients are:
- Lazetta Braxton from Chicago, Ill.
- Gretchen Gates from Los Angeles, Calif.
- Michael Schiele from Fishers, Ind.
Criteria for applicants include demonstrating and acting upon an intense desire to affect the diversity of the financial planning profession, including but not limited to:
- Raising awareness of the profession in diverse communities;
- Serving diverse communities with financial planning; and
- Increasing professional opportunities for diverse communities within the financial planning profession.
The Diversity Scholarship Program is sponsored by the FPA Diversity Committee, who also chose the winners. Their mission is to develop strategies to raise awareness and promote inclusiveness of diverse communities including but not limited to: age, race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation in the financial planning profession. FPA strives to increase professional opportunities for the widest spectrum of people so that all may join and thrive in the financial planning profession.