Deena Jo Heide-Diesslin Foundation Challenge Match Scholarship

In 2011, David H. Diesslin, CFP®, established the Deena Jo Heide-Diesslin Foundation in memory of his wife, Deena, who passed away after a long, valiant battle with cancer. Deena was a courageous fighter, teaching and giving to the end. The goal of Deena Jo’s foundation is to promote, encourage, and foster nonprofits, with a particular emphasis on empowering women and other underrepresented populations through education.

When CFP Board launched the CFP Board Center for Financial Planning in late 2015, there was a natural synergy between the missions and visions of the two organizations that emerged during conversations with Dave Diesslin, former Chair of the Board of Directors for CFP Board. Building on Deena’s passion for empowering individuals through education, Dave seized the opportunity to make an impact in the financial planning profession while honoring the memory of his late wife. And with that, the Deena Jo Heide-Diesslin Foundation Challenge Match Scholarship at the CFP Board Center for Financial Planning was created.

About the Scholarship

This scholarship will directly advance workforce development by providing financial support to individuals from underrepresented populations seeking to complete requirements for CFP® certification. Individuals eligible for the scholarship will have demonstrated financial need, and/or represent underrepresented populations within the financial services profession (gender, race, ethnicity, and/or sexual orientation). Scholarship recipients will be required to pass a background check prior to receiving their award.

This is a $5,000 scholarship for those attending certificate programs, and $10,000 for those attending undergraduate programs (scholarship will be disbursed over two years).

Apply for the Scholarship

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The application form will be made available shortly for 2017 submissions.