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FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship

Thank you for your interest in the FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship! We want to help you submit your best application. Please read the information on this page before beginning the application process.

FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship: Steps to Apply

Step 1: Confirm you are eligible for this award. Please carefully review the eligibility requirements here.

Step 2: Create an account at If you have applied for an AFCPE scholarship before, you may login using your existing credentials. If you have never applied for an AFCPE scholarship, click the Sign Up button under Need An Account. The email address that you use to create your account will be the email address that is used for all communication throughout this process. Please check your email frequently during the application period for updates and reminders, as timely responses are requested.

Step 3: Complete the 5 tasks required for the application. These tasks can be completed in any order and include the following parts:

  1. Servicemember Details Form
  2. Letter of Recommendation (optional, but recommended)
  3. Education & Experience Form
  4. Essay Questions
  5. Demographic Information (optional)

Step 4: Submit your application. You will receive an email confirmation upon submission of your application. Each application goes through a multi-stage blind review process. You will be notified whether or not you were selected for the Fellowship via email by 5pm ET on June 25th.

At the bottom of each page of the application, you have the option to save your progress and complete later.

Please use the Previous and Next navigation buttons at the bottom of each page to move through the application. Using your browser's back button may cause you to lose information you have already completed.

Please contact (614) 368-1052 or with any questions or concerns.

Important: Completion of the application will take some time in order to secure a letter of reference and answer essay questions thoroughly. Please plan accordingly to ensure you have the time necessary to complete the full application prior to the deadline. Late submissions are not accepted.

FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship: Application Tips

The application process for the FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship consists of the following parts which may be completed in any order:

  1. Servicemember Details Form
    Provide information on your spouse’s branch of service, pay grade, installation and status.
  2. Letter of Recommendation
    Consider requesting the Letter of Recommendation first in order to allow your reference ample time to respond. The application will send the request to your preferred reference. Click here for details to help guide your recommender. The Letters of Recommendation must be submitted by the reference no later than the application deadline date (April 20).

    Please provide one reference who is not related to you and who can speak to your character, your experience as related to this program and/or your dedication to the military community and the financial health of servicemembers.  

    You may submit your application upon completion of all required tasks. A response from your reference is not required and no points will be awarded for a letter of recommendation. Your reference will serve as an additional consideration for your application only. Should a response to your request be received, you will be notified via email. AFCPE will not provide a copy of any reference letters received. Your reference's comments will remain confidential and will only be viewed by those reviewing your application.
  3. Education and Experience Form
  • Outline your Educational Experience: You may include up to two degrees. Please indicate whether a degree has been completed or not. Please indicate any licenses or certifications you hold. NOTE: If you hold an active securities license you are INELIGIBLE for the Fellowship.
  • Outline your PAID Employment History: Please include paid employment only. 
  • Outline your Volunteer History: Please include unpaid volunteer work only. 
  1.  Essay Questions
    There will be 5 essay questions with a 250 word maximum for each question. The essay questions are a critical component of the Fellowship application. Your response should be thorough and address the topic indicated. Applicants should use proper grammar and clarity in writing. Past applicants have found it useful to read through ALL essay questions before composing their answers. We recommend typing your answers outside the form and then pasting your answers into the application once you have completed them.
  2. Demographic Information
    Completion of this information is optional and does not impact your application. This information is collected for statistical purposes only.


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Watch our video tutorial to guide you through how to create an account password and complete the application.


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