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Ursinus launches finance scholars program

Program gives Ursinus students interested in finance careers a leg up on the CFA exam.

The Ursinus Business and Economics Department recently admitted its first two classes of Finance Scholars.

The Finance Scholars program will provide five seniors and five juniors the opportunity to learn more about financial analysis and the financial services industry. Students who successfully complete the program will receive a scholarship to help offset the cost of taking the first stage of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam shortly after graduation.

Launched under the leadership of assistant professor Eric Parnell (a CFA himself), the program is affiliated with the CFA Institute, an international organization that provides services and the well-regarded CFA certification to financial analysts. Ursinus finance scholars will take part in the CFA Society’s annual regional equity research competition, create presentations for an on-campus “ethics challenge,” write articles for the Finance Scholars’ page on Seeking Alpha, and engage in a guided preparation for the CFA exam.

After admitting the inaugural two classes this fall, the Finance Scholars program will take applications from interested sophomores each spring.