JPH Advisory Group FuturePlanner Scholarship

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At JPH Advisory Group, we believe that professional financial planning, when done right, is a force for good in the world. By promoting wise money habits and prudent investment management, the financial planning profession is helping to improve the financial futures of millions of Americans. Therefore, to promote the growth of the financial planning profession and to encourage the development of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioners, we are extremely proud to announce the inaugural offering of the JPH Advisory Group FuturePlanner Scholarship program — a $500 scholarship to be awarded to a dedicated, enthusiastic, and deserving student studying in an financial planning-related program nationwide. The student must be currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate degree program with a specialization in financial planning (eligible school programs are listed on the CFP Board’s website). Eligible applicants may begin submitting their entries in January for the upcoming Fall school year, and applications will be reviewed and a scholarship awarded to the most deserving applicant by July 31.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Currently enrolled in an accredited program with a specialization in financial planning (a program which includes the CFP Board’s curriculum)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • A passion for financial planning and helping others successfully manage their money

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a 1000+ word article about a topic in the general area of personal finance. Topics can include budgeting, investing, saving money, taxes, estate planning, or insurance and must be tied into current trends or events. For example, you could write about a recent study showing that almost half of working adults in the U.S. are not offered a retirement plan by their employer. In the article, you could discuss the tax and saving advantages of employer-sponsored plans, and make suggestions for alternative ways that those without access to such plans could still save towards retirement. This is just an example, but it reflects how we would like to see articles organized, and which articles we are more likely to award.

As an added bonus, student articles will be posted on the JPH blog as general education to readers, assuming they meet basic quality and accuracy standards.* A key factor in selecting the scholarship winner may be based on which article receives the most social media “buzz,” as determined by social shares via Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. Therefore, articles tailored towards answering practical financial planning questions that a general blog reader might have, and that in addition generates an emotional response from the reader (through inspirational stories, for example), are most likely to succeed.


*Note: By participating in this scholarship contest, students consent to allow JPH to publish their work on the website and elsewhere, and forfeit any copyright claims for said work.