Students studying finance at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University are eligible for a new scholarship, thanks to the school being recognized by a global association of investment professionals.

The Huntsman School is one of just 20 schools in the United States to be recognized by the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute for the work it is doing to prepare students to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Earning the CFA charter gives students the skills needed for investment analysis in the financial industry. An increasing number of employers and clients are seeking out CFA charterholders — and making them a prerequisite for employment.

The Huntsman School joining into the University Recognition Program “signals to potential students, employers and the marketplace that the Huntsman School’s bachelor’s of science in finance degree curriculum is closely tied to professional practice,” said Paul Fjeldsted, senior lecturer in the finance and economics department.

The entry for the school will help finance students prepare for the “rigorous” CFA exams.

“For the school it means that the curriculum for the undergraduate degree in finance is aligned with the curriculum of the CFA Institute,” Fjeldsted said “So it will do a better job of preparing students to take the exam. In finance, it’s a well-recognized credential, and a very rigorous credential. It definitely gives them a leg up.”

The scholarships offered will cover a substantial amount of the exam costs, which is taken by anywhere from five to 20 USU students a year, according to Fjeldsted.

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