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About the Scholarship

Facet Wealth Scholarship

We believe that every individual deserves access to high quality, ethical, comprehensive financial life advice to empower them to achieve their life goals. To make that possible, we know we need a diverse mosaic of professionals in the industry. Through this scholarship, we are doing what we believe in to bridge the gap in access to this amazing profession. Diverse representation in the profession will lead to better outcomes for a more diverse set of clients.

The Facet Wealth Scholarship for Increased Diversity in Financial Planning provides financial assistance to qualified African American/Black candidates for CFP® certification. Facet Wealth has partnered with the CFP Board Center for Financial Planning to offer this unique scholarship as an extension of the firm’s mission to provide all families with the benefits of a relationship with a CFP® professional, regardless of socioeconomic status or net worth.

The scholarship awards up to $5,000 to students seeking to complete a certificate or undergraduate degree in Financial Planning from a CFP Board Registered Program that would qualify them to sit for the CFP® exam. In addition to the financial assistance, students can elect to receive mentorship from one of Facet Wealth’s CFP® professionals throughout their course of study.

Applications will be reviewed by an independent Scholarship Review Panel comprised of CFP® professionals and members of the Facet Wealth Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee. Recommended finalists will undergo a background check and be reviewed by Facet Wealth representatives before being selected to receive an award.

Award process

Scholarship awards will be disbursed in two equal installments. To receive the first installment, recipients will have to demonstrate proof of enrollment in a Financial Planning certificate or undergraduate degree program. If not currently enrolled in a program, recipients will have up to 6 months to enroll after being notified of the award. The second installment will be awarded either upon completing the program (if the awardee has already started coursework), or when the awardee is half-way through the program (if the awardee has not yet started coursework). There is no obligation for recipients to be affiliated with Facet Wealth following successful completion of the program.

eligibility Requirements

• Must be legally able to work in the United States;
• Must demonstrate financial need;
• Must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university, or be enrolled in an undergraduate Financial Planning Program; and
• Must be an eligible candidate for CFP® certification as outlined by the CFP Board Fitness Standards.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Applications will only be accepted through the application form below. Please do not attempt to submit application materials via mail, fax or email. When submitting application essays and materials, please pay close attention to spelling, grammar and presentation.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS

The deadline to submit your application is August 31, 2020.

Application Form

Please submit an essay (500-1,000 words) that answers the following questions:

Imagine you are already a CFP® professional. What would you be doing? What types of clients would you be working with and why? How would you build awareness about the importance of financial literacy/wellness within your own community? Please upload your response as a single Word Document or PDF.

I identify my ethnicity as: