PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 5, 2019 /CNW/ -- The Risk Management Association Foundation has awarded its prestigious William F. Githens Scholarship to Antasia Glenn, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. Glenn, an accounting major at Wharton, will begin her professional career as a financial analyst for BMO Harris Bank following her graduation in the spring.
The RMA Foundation's top scholarship is named for William F. Githens, the former President and CEO of The Risk Management Association, a financial industry association whose sole purpose is to advance sound risk management principles. Githens was instrumental in creating The RMA Foundation, which was launched to help usher the best and brightest into the financial services industry by offering tuition support. Githens, who retired in 2017, is an active director of the Foundation.
Glenn will receive an $8,000 award as a Githens winner, and will be honored at a February 14 meeting of RMA's Philadelphia Chapter. RMA Foundation scholarships range from $2,000 to $8,000. In total, The RMA Foundation will provide scholarships totaling $288,000 to 105 college students this year.
First-time recipients included 38 juniors and 46 seniors, while 21 seniors repeated as RMA scholars. A list of all of the 2019 RMA Scholarship winners is here.
Since the RMA Scholarship was launched in 2015, students pursuing careers in the financial services industry have received 331 scholarships totaling over $867,000.
"Congratulations to Antasia and to all of the RMA Scholars," said RMA President and CEO Nancy Foster. "They have worked hard for this honor. On behalf of RMA and The RMA Foundation, I wish them well with their studies this semester and I look forward to the great things they will accomplish in their banking careers!"
College students who are pursuing careers in the financial industry are selected for RMA Foundation scholarships based on:
- Academic achievement.
- Participation and leadership in community and school activities or related work experience.
- Demonstrated interest in the banking industry, including involvement in the local RMA chapter, academic studies, and internships.
- A statement of career goals and objectives.
The application window to apply for the next round of RMA Scholarships will open in the fall.
In addition to applying for scholarships, banking-focused students can take advantage of free RMA student memberships. Benefits have expanded to include an online subscription to The RMA Journal, access to the RMA Xchange online member community, and invitations to attend RMA chapter meetings and workshops. Students are also able to earn the Credit Essentials Certificate, which demonstrates proficiency in business and financial knowledge and helps certificate holders stand out to employers.
Founded in 1914, The Risk Management Association is a not-for-profit, member-driven professional association whose sole purpose is to advance the use of sound risk management principles in the financial services industry. RMA promotes an enterprise approach to risk management that focuses on credit risk, market risk, and operational risk. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, RMA has 2,500 institutional members that include banks of all sizes as well as nonbank financial institutions. They are represented in the Association by 18,000 individuals located throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia/Pacific.
SOURCE The Risk Management Association