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FPA awards FPA Retreat 2019 Diversity Scholarship to Cait M. Howerton of Atlanta, Ga.

DENVER (May 3, 2019) – The Financial Planning Association® (FPA®), the principal membership organization for CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals and those who support the financial planning process, announced Cait M. Howerton, MBA, AFC® as recipient of the FPA Retreat 2019 Diversity Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes professionals who are working to encourage diversity in the financial planning profession and the population served. The merit-based scholarship recipient earns one-year FPA membership and complimentary registration and travel expenses to FPA Retreat 2019, to be held May 6-9 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.

Howerton is a financial coach at SmartPath Financial in Atlanta, Ga. and is an Accredited Financial Counselor through the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education. A candidate for CFP® certification, Howerton is passionate about helping individuals uncover their ideal life goals, navigate values and money beliefs, and shift behavior to achieve dreams. As an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, she is committed to helping those who are underserved get access to financial education and wealth management resources, and helping the profession take steps that will lead to palpable, sustainable social and financial change.

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.

​"Diversity in the financial planning profession inspires inclusivity and creativity, and is key to helping financial planners reach a growing, diverse population who all can benefit from the value of financial planning," says FPA 2019 FPA President Evelyn M. Zohlen, CFP®. "As a leader in promoting diversity and inclusion in the profession, we look forward to honoring Cait's many contributions that transform the lives of those she serves at FPA Retreat next month."

The Diversity Scholarship Program is sponsored by the FPA Diversity Committee. 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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