FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship Program
The FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship Program gives military spouses the opportunity to earn a career-enhancing credential—the Accredited Financial Counselor® certificate—while providing financial counseling and education to the military community. The fellowship covers the costs associated with completing the AFC® training and testing.
Created in 2006, the program is administered in partnership with the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education® (AFCPE®) and the National Military Family Association (NMFA). To date, the FINRA Foundation has awarded more than 1,200 Military Spouse Fellowships—and participants have logged hundreds of thousands of hours of service back to the military community.
Applications for the 2013 Spouse Fellowship Program closed on March 31, 2013.
In support of First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden's "Joining Forces" initiative, the FINRA Investor Education Foundation announced an expansion of the Foundation's Military Financial Education Project. The FINRA Foundation will give 50,000 servicemembers and spouses free FICO® Scores—doubling the number of individuals receiving this vital credit tool. The Foundation will also develop a suite of educational videos to help members of the National Guard manage their finances and avoid investment fraud and continue efforts to educate and train military spouses as financial counselors.
"The backbone of our freedom rests on those who fight everyday so we all can have better lives. Supporting the military by helping them to build stronger financial futures is the least I can do."
Read more Spouse Fellow Profiles.
Share this article by Julie Roth (FFMSF 2010) with servicemembers to help illustrate the value of emergency savings accounts. It also includes tips on how to get started.