By Jason Robinson, Fall 2015 Student Intern
The FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship program started in 2006. Since then 1,360 fellowships have been awarded to military spouses. Each fellowship covers the costs associated with AFC (Accredited Financial Counselor) training and testing. Fellows commit to completing their courses and working in the financial counseling field serving their communities for up to two years.
Military spouses learn valuable skills and become more marketable in the process. They share the knowledge within their communities. Military families are often on the move and subject to fraudsters that target groups of similar individuals (affinity fraud). The fellowship is open to 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. Click here to read about the fellows and the program.
The program continues FINRA’s effort to educate and protect military families. The program uses technology and social media to educate and connect military families. Accredited spouses go on to become financial counselors at family readiness and support centers, credit counseling and tax centers, financial aid offices and local military credit unions throughout the United States and abroad. Click here to read FINRA’s full article celebrating the recent class.