RMA Announces Scholarship Awards, Including New Githens Scholarship

Philadelphia, PA (January 22, 2018) —

The Risk Management Association Foundation is proud to announce the selection of its most recent group of RMA Scholars, including two recipients of the new William F. Githens Scholarship.

The Githens scholarship, named for former RMA President and CEO William F. Githens, will be awarded each year to the top candidates of the RMA Foundation scholarship program. The winners of this year’s Githens scholarships are Macey Noon of Texas A&M University and Sam P. O’Brien of the University of Massachusetts-Boston.

Githens, who retired at the end of 2017 after eight years at the helm of RMA, remains active as an RMA Foundation Board member and is a champion of the effort to attract the best and brightest to the financial industry. Githens was succeeded on January 1 by Nancy Foster, formerly the chief risk officer at Park Sterling Bank and RMA’s first woman president and CEO.

Each year, The RMA Foundation awards scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 to four-year college students committed to a career in banking. This year, the Foundation awarded scholarships to 90 students who have distinguished themselves through their academic work, industry knowledge, and experience. A full list of the RMA Scholars is available at www.rmahq.org/scholarship.

The Risk Management Association, whose mission is to advance the use of sound risk management principles in the financial services industry, created the Foundation in 2014 to assist with attracting talent to the banking industry.  To date, RMA has contributed $7 million to the Foundation and awarded 226 scholarships totaling $579,000 to college students.

Applications for the next round of RMA Foundation scholarships will be accepted in the fall. In addition to applying for scholarships, banking-focused students are encouraged to take advantage of free RMA student memberships. Benefits have been expanded to include mentoring opportunities, an online subscription to The RMA Journal, access to the RMA Xchange online member community, and invitations to attend RMA chapter meetings and workshops. Students are also able to earn the Credit Essentials Certificate, which demonstrates proficiency in business and financial knowledge and helps certificate holders stand out to employers.

For scholarship eligibility requirements and more information on The Risk Management Association Foundation Scholarship Program, please visit www.rmahq.org/scholarship.

About RMA
Founded in 1914, The Risk Management Association is a not-for-profit, member-driven professional association whose sole purpose is to advance the use of sound risk management principles in the financial services industry. RMA promotes an enterprise approach to risk management that focuses on credit risk, market risk and operational risk. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, RMA has 2,500 institutional members that include banks of all sizes as well as nonbank financial institutions. They are represented in the Association by 18,000 individuals located throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia/Pacific.

Media Contacts
Stephen Krasowski, skrasowski@rmahq.org, 215-446-4095 
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