Military Spouses Receive Fellowships for Financial Counselor Certification
The National Military Family Association works with FINRA Investor Education Foundation's and AFCPE® to help military spouses become financial counselors
August 6, 2013
Fifty military spouses throughout the U.S. and overseas have been awarded the FINRA Investor Education Foundation's 2013 Military Spouse Fellowship. The fellowship provides spouses with the training they need to earn the Accredited Financial Counselor® (AFC®) designation. This accreditation will give these military spouses marketable job skills and the resources and expertise they need to help military families overcome financial obstacles.
The program, which began in 2006, is administered in partnership with the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education® (AFCPE®) and the National Military Family Association. The fellowship covers the costs associated with completing the AFC® training and testing. Since its inception in 2006, the program has awarded more than 1,250 fellowships to military spouses across the United States and around the world.
The program continues to meet its goal of providing military families with the information they need to improve their financial readiness.
Recipients of the Military Spouse Fellowship commit to completing the courses of study and working in the financial counseling field serving their communities for up to two years. To date, spouse fellows have logged more than 375,000 hours assisting service members and their communities. Current accredited spouses serve as financial counselors at family readiness and support centers, credit counseling and tax centers, financial aid offices and local military credit unions throughout the U.S. and abroad.
“Military Spouse Fellowship recipients commit to completing the rigorous AFC® coursework, along with field experience through practicum work serving their military communities. The program is tailored to meet and support the needs of military spouses through instructional webinars, self-scheduled exams and flexible practicum opportunities,” said Rebecca Wiggins, Executive Director of AFCPE®.
The program is open to spouses of active-duty or retired Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Army or Air National Guard or reserve component service members, as well as to spouses of U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration professionals.
A list of the 2013 class of spouse fellows can be found at www.militaryfamily.org/fellows.
About the FINRA Investor Education Foundation
The FINRA Investor Education Foundation is the largest foundation in the United States dedicated to investor education. Its mission is to provide investors with high-quality, easily accessible information and tools to better understand the markets and the basic principles of saving and investing. In 2006, the Foundation launched a multifaceted program to expand the saving and investing knowledge of military service members and their spouses, including a free, unbiased resource, www.SaveAndInvest.org/MilitaryCenter. A proud partner in the Department of Defense Financial Readiness Campaign, the Foundation also presents financial education forums at military installations worldwide.
The Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education® (AFCPE®) provides professional development experiences for financial educators, practitioners and researchers to improve the economic well-being of individuals and families worldwide. The Association's vision is to be internationally recognized as the leading provider of professional development opportunities for financial educators, counselors, and researchers. Visit www.afcpe.org for more information.
About the National Military Family Association
The National Military Family Association is the leading nonprofit dedicated to serving the families who stand behind the uniform. Since 1969, NMFA has worked to strengthen and protect millions of families through its advocacy and programs. They provide spouse scholarships, camps for military kids, and retreats for families reconnecting after deployment and for the families of the wounded, ill, or injured. NMFA serves the families of the currently serving, retired, wounded or fallen members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Commissioned Corps of the USPHS and NOAA. To get involved or to learn more, visit www.MilitaryFamily.org.
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