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Women in Finance and Economics Scholarship Program

The FPA has been awarded a $1.5 million grant to manage and deliver a scholarship program funded by the Australian Government for women in finance and economics, as part of the Women’s Leadership and Development Program.

The Women in Finance and Economics Scholarship program will encourage and assist women, particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds, to enter, re-enter and achieve leadership roles across financial services.

From 2021 – 2023, FPA will play a key role in providing scholarships valued at up to $50,000 each to encourage more women to pursue careers in financial planning, accounting, business, finance and economics, or to renew, upskill or refresh their skills in these areas.

Expanding on the Australian Government Women’s Leadership and Development Program (WLDP), the program funding will deliver scholarships that encourage and assist women, particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds, to enter, re-enter and achieve leadership roles across the financial services sector. These scholarships will help create a talent pool and pipeline for diversity in business leadership for the future.

The FPA will be using this opportunity to further support, retain and attract women to financial planning as well as the broader economic and financial services industry.

The appointment is a significant coup for the FPA, reinforcing the strength of the profession more broadly and recognition of the leadership the FPA has taken through its Women in Financial Planning program which was established to create more networking, mentoring and professional development opportunities specifically for women. Increasing the number of women in financial planning will not only grow the profession but also fill the unmet advice need in Australia which will help more consumers.

Applications will open in the second half of the 2021 calendar year.

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