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Personal financial planning student receives TD Ameritrade scholarship

Thursday, August 23, 2018

For the third year in a row, a K-State personal financial planning student has received one of the 12 NextGen RIA Scholarships from TD Ameritrade. This year’s recipient was Thomas Meek, junior from Topeka. The NextGen RIA (Registered Investment Advisors) Scholarship is valued at $5,000 and is awarded to students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in personal financial planning.

The 12 winners were invited to spend a day in New York touring the Financial District and visiting the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square, where the scholarship winners helped ring the Closing Bell. “I am so thankful for the opportunity that TD Ameritrade Institutional gave me and it just shows how outstanding our Personal Financial Planning program and faculty are at K-State,” said Meek. “It was surreal experience, to go from Kansas to New York City, but I really enjoyed connecting with other winners from around the country and meeting professionals from the financial planning field. The highlight of the trip was definitely being part of the Nasdaq Closing Bell ceremony.”

Martin Seay, director of personal financial planning stressed that having their students win this scholarship four out of the last five years speaks to the quality and national competitiveness of their students and graduates. “We are proud of Thomas and his recognition as a TD Ameritrade 2018 NextGen RIA Scholarship winner”, said Seay. “Thomas is a leader in our program, serving as the Vice-President of the Student Financial Planning Association, and represents the best that K-State has to offer”.

TD Ameritrade Institutional is an industry leader in developing programs designed to raise awareness of the outstanding career prospects in financial planning and in encouraging more universities to expand their degree programs. Two of the 12 scholarship awards are for students from under-represented demographic groups to help increase racial, ethnic and gender diversity in the RIA industry. Over a period of ten years, TD Ameritrade has committed to investing more than $4.5 million through scholarships, grants and other education programs.

This article was posted on Thursday, August 23, 2018, and is filed under College News, Family Studies & Human Services, Institute of Personal Financial Planning.