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New Scholarship Fund Advances Women in Financial Services

Ameritas, The American College of Financial Services and Women in Insurance & Financial Services announce scholarship aimed toward advancing women in financial services

Ameritas is pleased to announce the Ameritas Scholarship for the Advancement of Women in Financial Services. This scholarship will be offered exclusively by The American College of Financial Services to women seeking the Wealth Management Certified Professional® (WMCP®) designation.

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The WMCP® designation is focused on enhancing how to approach wealth management through core content such as building efficient investment portfolios, evaluating financial instruments, understanding complex planning strategies and more.

“The College is grateful for this opportunity to partner with industry leaders like WIFS and Ameritas to create a scholarship program designed for the advancement of women,” said Hilary Fiorella, Executive Director of The American College Center for Women in Financial Services. “It’s the mission of the Center for Women in Financial Services to support women in their aspirations for success in the financial services profession through education, research and awareness. We’re confident that this scholarship program will help develop a pipeline of well-qualified and aspiring women who will innovate and lead across the industry.”

Ameritas will sponsor $75,000 to support 24 WMCP® scholarships in 2021. Beginning in 2022, a contribution of $25,000 will go to eight WMCP® scholarships each year. Funds were provided by the Larry R. Pike Chair in Insurance and Investments endowment, established by The American College and Ameritas. The scholarship will also contain a mentoring program sponsored by Women in Insurance & Financial Services. WIFS board and committee members will serve as mentors to WMCP® scholarship recipients. Complimentary WIFS memberships will be provided by Ameritas.

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Throughout its 85-year legacy, WIFS has been steadfast in its mission to attract, retain, and advance women in the financial services industry. The organization is proud to partner with the American College and Ameritas to develop a program that will provide an opportunity to forward that goal in a tangible way. “Empowering women and positioning them for success requires action. It is through strong partnerships and programs like this that can drive real, measurable change for women in our industry,” WIFS noted. “We are elated to see this project come to fruition and forge the foundation for similar initiatives.”

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