A team of financial planning students in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences was named best in the country at the Financial Planning Challenge competition in Orlando.
The three-person team of Kelsey Brooks of Roswell, Chase Burkhart of St. Augustine, Fla., and Matt Riggins of Lavonia, all senior financial planning majors, won top honors among an elite group of eight finalists from across the country.
The teams were given six weeks to compile a comprehensive financial plan for a fictitious couple in New York. They also were judged on their oral presentations of the plan as well as their responses in a quiz bowl-style competition at the Financial Planning Association’s convention.
In addition to the recognition, the department also won a $10,000 scholarship award for the team’s efforts, money that will be used to fund additional student trips to conferences and other professional networking opportunities.