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​DENVER - The Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) awarded its Diversity Scholarship to attend FPA Retreat 2016 to be held in Phoenix, Ariz., April 25-28. The scholarship recognizes a professional who is working to encourage diversity in the financial planning profession and the population served. In addition to conference registration and travel expenses, the merit-based scholarship recipient earns one-year FPA membership and chapter meeting expenses.

The FPA Retreat 2016 scholarship winner is Catalina Franco-Cicero who works as the Director of Financial Wellness for the Fiscal Fitness Clubs of America and is based in Miramar, Fla.

Originally from Colombia, Franco-Cicero is a graduate of Barry University where she received both a Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in physical education and sports management. After running a successful fitness and wellness business, she transitioned to financial planning in 2011 after deciding her goal was to help make financial planning more accessible to people of diverse backgrounds. She received a Certificate in Personal Planning from Barry University in 2012 and passed the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) Certification Examination in 2014.

"FPA is proud of members like Catalina who are committed to expanding the reach of financial planning into diverse communities," says 2016 FPA President Pamela Sandy, CFP®. "Her desire to break down barriers in the profession to make financial planning more accessible to those who want to make it their vocation while helping the public who otherwise would not have access to necessary financial guidance is commendable. We look forward to recognizing her at FPA Retreat 2016 in Phoenix."

The scholarship is awarded to financial services students and professionals who demonstrate and act upon an intense desire to promote diversity in the financial planning profession. Criteria for applicants includes:

  • Raising awareness of the profession in diverse communities;

  • Serving diverse communities with financial planning; and

  • Increasing professional opportunities for diverse communities within the financial planning profession.

The Diversity Scholarship Program is sponsored by the FPA Diversity Committee through FPA's Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. The Committee's mission is to develop strategies to raise awareness and promote inclusiveness of diverse communities including but not limited to: age, race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation in the financial planning profession. FPA strives to increase professional opportunities for the widest spectrum of people so that all may join and thrive in the financial planning profession.



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