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about the scholarship

The Financial Alliance for Racial Equity CFP® Certification Diversity Scholarship aims to advance the financial planning profession by growing the next generation of diverse CFP® professionals. The scholarship provides financial assistance to qualified individuals who identify as Black or African American and who strive to obtain the CFP® certification.

Launched in 2020, the Financial Alliance for Racial Equity (FARE) is a coalition of financial services firms, historically black colleges and universities and industry partners working together to increase racial diversity, drive greater equity and foster inclusion within the financial services industry and the communities it serves. FARE has partnered with the CFP Board Center for Financial Planning to offer this scholarship as an actionable solution to transform the financial services industry to better serve diverse employees and communities.

The scholarship awards up to $5,000 per student seeking to complete a certificate-level CFP Board Registered Program, and up to $7,000 per student seeking to complete an undergraduate-level CFP Board Registered Program, either of which would qualify the student to sit for the CFP® exam.

eligibility requirements

  • Must be a U.S. resident;
  • Must identify as Black or African-American;
  • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate or certificate-level CFP Board Registered Program;
  • If pursuing a certificate-level CFP Board Registered Program, must possess an undergraduate degree;
  • Must provide documentation of program enrollment and costs prior to receiving the award;
  • Must have a demonstrated financial need, as explained in an essay to be submitted during the application process;
  • Must demonstrate commitment to the financial planning profession, as explained in an essay to be submitted during the application process; and
  • Must exhibit professionalism and the ability to enhance and maintain the profession’s public image as demonstrated in an essay to be submitted during the application process.

Applicants who are selected to proceed to the final round of the application review process will be required to pass a background check conducted by CFP Board.

submission requirements

Please note that applications will only be accepted through this webpage. Please do not attempt to submit application materials via email, mail or fax.

When submitting application essays and materials, please pay close attention to spelling, grammar and presentation.

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 an eligible undergraduate or certificate-level CFP Board Registered Program. 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).

application window

The next application window will open in 2023.

award decision

2022 Scholarship applicants will be notified of the award decision via email in May 2022. If you have a question about the status of your application, please contact us at scholarships@cfpboard.org.