FINRA Institute at Wharton Certified Regulatory and Compliance Professional (CRCP) Scholarship Program

Each year the FINRA Small Firm CRCP Scholarship is awarded to three industry professionals from small firms—those with less than 150 registered representatives. FINRA developed the CRCP Scholarship to facilitate participation from small firms for whom the cost of the program may be prohibitive.

To be eligible for the Small Firm CRCP Scholarship, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • hold a FINRA registration with a FINRA member firm that has 150 or fewer registered representatives;
  • have the support of their supervisor to apply for a scholarship and the time commitments required to complete the program; and
  • perform job functions that include compliance and/or regulatory responsibilities.

Scholarships are awarded to both the individual and the firm, and are not transferable. Therefore, if a scholarship recipient leaves his or her firm for any reason, the scholarship is forfeited by both the individual and firm. If the individual moves to another small firm, the individual may reapply for a scholarship during the next scholarship selection period.

Scholarship recipients are expected to complete the program within two consecutive years, starting the year after they received the scholarship. While a supervisor cannot nominate an employee for the program, they should encourage highly motivated individuals at their firms who meet the criteria to apply for a scholarship.

Covered Costs

The scholarship covers full tuition and room and board for the entire program. Travel and all other lodging expenses are the responsibility of the recipient. For a more detailed overview on the covered cost, please view the program cost page.

Selection Process

A subcommittee of the FINRA Small Firm Advisory Board (SFAB) selects scholarship recipients through a blind selection process. The subcommittee does not have access to identifying information, such as the applicant's name or the name of the applicant's firm. The subcommittee considers the applicant's experience in the financial services industry, as well as his or her compliance responsibilities in the overall structure of the firm, as described through the applicant's written statement.

All applicants are notified when their applications have been received by FINRA, along with more information regarding the selection timeline. If an applicant is not selected as a scholarship recipient, then the applicant is eligible to apply again during the next scholarship period. For additional information, please review the FAQ page.

Application Period Closed

The CRCP Small Firm Scholarship application period is now closed. The next application period is tentatively scheduled to open in early August 2016, at which time the application form will be posted to the website.

If you have additional questions or comments, please call FINRA at (301) 590-6500.