FACS senior financial planning major Victoria Santini has been named one of 12 recipients of the TD Ameritrade Institutional NextGen Scholarship.
This program awards $5,000 scholarships to 12 outstanding students pursuing degrees in financial planning. Santini is the lone recipient from UGA.
“This scholarship really solidified my confidence – not only as a student, but as a professional and as an aspiring financial planner,” Santini said. “The scholarship wasn’t just money, it was an investment in my future, and it motivates me to work harder and learn more and really push what I can do.”
Scholarship winners also visited the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square to help ring the closing bell, an event the company says “put a face on the future of financial planning.”
Santini said the scholarship will allow her to graduate from UGA debt-free. Another perk? Seeing her face on a Times Square billboard.
“I remember looking up and just feeling so much pride – not only for myself and my work, but also because I was representing UGA up there,” she said.
Santini first learned of the scholarship opportunity from fellow financial planning student Audrey Mitchell, who was a TD Ameritrade NextGen Scholarship recipient in 2017.
During the two students’ time as interns at Signature FD in Atlanta last year, Mitchell encouraged Santini to apply.
“I think one thing that set me apart was my resume,” Santini said. “I’m very lucky in that I’ve been graced with a lot of great opportunities. Many of those opportunities have been afforded to me through UGA, and they make for a really robust resume. I think another big aspect was my essay.”
In her essay, Santini described how her passion for finance began after her mother approached her for help in developing a financial plan for their family that would sustain them through the financial burdens following her parents’ divorce.
Despite having a limited knowledge of finance, Santini took it upon herself to seek out resources and opportunities that would equip her with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop a course of action.
“Following graduation, I really hope to attain my CFP accreditation,” Santini said. “I’d really love to work with different clients to help them build a more robust financial plan so they can sustain financial confidence throughout their lives. I would love to be in a niche area and help to build stronger financial literacy among women, as it’s something I’m passionate about.”
This story was written by FACS consumer journalism student Ellen Hallman.
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