2013 FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Accredited Financial Counselor Fellowship Awardees
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.
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