Matt Flickinger, a May 2020 graduate of Clarion University with a bachelor’s degree in personal finance, placed first in the CFA Society of Pittsburgh’s 2019-20 Collegiate Personal Financial Planning competition. Will Wasilko, also a May 2020 personal finance graduate, placed 10th.
Students from two- and four-year academic institutions were invited to participate by submitting a four- to five-page financial plan for one-year, three-year and five-year horizons. A financial plan is a road map to help students plan for and achieve their financial goals.
Flickinger, of Mt. Jewett, and Wasilko, of Duncansville, competed in a field of nearly 200 students from western Pennsylvania schools, including the University of Pittsburgh, Allegheny College and Grove City College. A committee of volunteers from the CFA Society independently reviewed and ranked the top 15 plans.
For his first place finish, Flickinger will receive a $1,000 prize. Wasilko will receive a $250 prize for his 10th place finish.
Clarion University's personal finance degree is registered with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards as meeting the academic requirements to sit for the CFP® examination. The CFP Board sets and enforces standards for the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification.