FBAA announces student scholarship winners

by Julia Corderoy27 May 2015
The FBAA have announced the two recipients of their $17,000 scholarship program.

At the FBAA annual conference last November, FBAA CEO Peter White announced that the association would be partnering with education provider, Australis College to offer two scholarships for students interested in pursuing a career in finance or mortgage broking.

The scholarship program, worth $17,000, will see the students complete their Certificate IV and Diploma as well as providing a two years one-on-one mentoring program.

Twenty-two year-old Adam de Bono from Adelaide gave up an aerospace engineering career to pursue his dream of working in the finance industry, and it was his determination which helped him win one of the two scholarships on offer.

“Through my dad who is a financial planner, I have always had a handle on what is going on in the sector and I was rapt when I won one of the two scholarships the FBAA had on offer,” de Bono said.

“This is a wonderful learning opportunity which I can complete online. When I graduate, I will be able to hit the ground running as a qualified finance and mortgage broker.”

The second scholarship went to 23 year-old Rhys Jones from Perth, who decided to make a career change to finance broking from being air conditioning technician.

“I have heard this program puts you in the spotlight for potential employers within the FBAA who are chasing new talent. Plus doing it online through Australis College means I can stay in Perth and get a job as soon as I graduate,” Jones said.

White says the FBAA is conscious of the industry’s ageing workforce and this represents another way in which the association has been working proactively for the past few years to attract younger brokers.

“It’s very exciting to see the results of our efforts and to be fuelling the next generation of finance brokers in Australia,” he said.