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Walter, a junior at Texas State University, is passionate about mathematics and has a deep need to help people. He is the first in his family to go to a 4-year college and is planning to be the first to obtain a professional license—his CPA. He doesn’t hesitate to share that he is autistic (high functioning) and won’t let that stop him from accomplishing his goals. One of these goals is to start a foundation to help people on the autism spectrum. Another goal is to work for a Big 4 accounting firm and then transition to his own practice with a niche that helps individuals with disabilities file their personal tax returns.
Franshay, a junior at the University of Baltimore, returned to school after 7 years in the workforce, waiting tables, and doing other service jobs. She has been influenced by her mother’s long hard days and poor financial decisions to want help people make their money work for them and build generational wealth. Once she earns her accounting degree and CPA, she hopes to teach financial literacy in underserved communities.
Sierra is a junior at New York University. She has set a goal for herself to start a 501(c)(3) organization focused on getting financial literacy taught in primary education in every state. She already played a role in making this happen in Nevada when, during high school, she interned with a Nevada state legislator. Currently, she is working with resources at NYU to help her create her nonprofit entity. She is a finalist for a $25,000 grant from the Ford Motor Company that could make the goal a reality.
Nathan is a junior majoring in personal financial planning at Utah Valley University. He has set goals to earn both his CPA and CFA credentials. He already has his life insurance, plus Series 7 and 63 licenses, and has worked for both Northwestern Mutual and Fidelity Mutual Insurance Companies, all while attending school full-time. Nathan is a strong believer in the value of relationships toward achieving success.
A junior at Colorado State University, Keely works hard to maintain a 4.0 GPA, but still finds time to help raise money and increase awareness for a local children’s justice center. Influenced by the affect her parents’ divorce had on her mom’s financial stability, Keely set an objective of becoming a personal financial planner to help others improve their financial situations.
Hien is a Vietnamese immigrant and the first in her family to attend college. She lives in public housing and her family relies on government assistance to augment her dad’s wages as a taxi driver. Hien also works part-time to help support her family and pay for school. Despite these challenges, Hien has a 4.0 GPA at the University of Hawaii. She hopes to earn her MBA and become an entrepreneur to create job opportunities in her community.
Jessica is majoring in financial planning at St. John Fisher College with a career goal of becoming a financial planner. In addition to attending school full time, she works two jobs and is a volunteer coach. She was raised by a single mom who lived paycheck to paycheck. Jessica hopes that by earning her degree and becoming a financial planner she can help other families obtain financial peace and security.
Mark attends Frederick Community College with the goal of transferring to a 4-year university, earning his accounting degree, and becoming a CPA. He believes that a reliable, trustworthy accountant is important to the success of every business. He also hopes to use his accounting degree for the benefit of charities and churches.
Marcus is a junior at the University of Southern California and the CEO of a nonprofit organization he founded to help promote financial literacy. He passionately believes youth need financial education and is working toward promoting it on a large scale through community initiatives. Despite having an auditory processing disorder and dyslexia, Marcus maintains a 4.0 GPA and was selected as the recipient of the Boeing business case competition.
Kayla attends Concordia University, where she majors in accounting and business administration, and is a member of the women’s basketball team. She is highly motivated and committed to earning dual degrees and completing the necessary 150 credit hours to sit for the CPA exam upon graduation. Ultimately, she would like to obtain a master’s degree in accounting and be able to help people gain financial security in order to have the best lives possible.
A junior at the University of Akron, Sophia is majoring in financial management with a minor in economics and Spanish. She would like to work in corporate finance and one day earn her MBA. Currently, she serves as treasurer for an international business association and is a member of Akron’s College of Business honors program. Sophia also has a summer internship in financial operations at the Timken Company.
Desiree, a sophomore at Arizona State University, attends classes virtually while taking care of her three young children. She has had to rely on food stamps and government assistance to make ends meet, and she is convinced that earning her degree and learning how to make, save, and invest money will be the road to success for her and her family. She is working toward a degree in financial planning and wants to be successful enough to help students in community colleges, high schools, homeless shelters, and centers for domestic violence.
Keilah is a junior at High Point University where she is very involved in campus life, serving as a diversity mentor and event chair for Campus Connectors. In addition, she works three jobs and volunteers with the local Big Brothers/Big Sisters program. She has full responsibility for paying her tuition. Upon graduation, Keilah would like to work as an international accountant. Her recent internship with Volvo International helped prepare her for this type of career.
Matthew is in the personal financial planning program at Utah Valley University. His parents’ lack of financial literacy skills and poor debt management were factors in his decision to pursue a career as a financial advisor. As one of 7 children, Matthew has to pay his own tuition. He believes you get out of any activity what you put into it and is determined to work hard enough to eventually have his own advisory firm and to be seen by his clients as trustworthy and reliable.
Garrett is a senior at Virginia Tech where he is majoring in finance. His goal is to become a fee-only financial planner. To support this career path, he is a student member of both the FPA (he’ll be president next semester) and NAPFA. He also participates in a student-managed portfolio that strives to outperform the S&P 500. Last year, Garrett interned with Olio Financial Planning and for the year ahead he has secured an internship with Wealthspire Advisors.
Nancy is a junior accounting major at King’s College. She grew up afraid of never having enough money and had to overcome uncomfortable feelings about this to pursue the financial aid and scholarship opportunities she needed to be the first in her family to attend college. Nancy’s own financial insecurity led her to engage in volunteer work with the Kiwanis Club and other groups, including a personal project to raise funds for a local health care clinic. She plans to sit for the CPA exam as soon as possible after graduation.
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