American College of Financial Services and AALU Join Forces to Create Mentoring Program for Veterans

 

Army private Edurado Arceo, of Pamona, Ca., studies for his General Educational Development certificate in a new Army program dedicated to helping high school dropouts earn their GEDs before they move on to basic training Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008, at Fort Jackson, S.C. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)

BRYN MAWR, PA – The American College Penn Mutual Center for Veterans Affairs and AALU have partnered to create a new mentoring program that will pair successful financial services executives with military veteran scholarship recipients. The program, called the Veteran Mentor Network, is scheduled to launch on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11.

“The goal is to provide our veteran scholars with the encouragement, support and guidance they need to promote their professional development and growth,” said Ted Digges, Executive Director of The American College Penn Mutual Center for Veterans Affairs. “Having a mentor to assist through that critical early career phase could be a key. What we’re trying to do is put them in the best possible position for success.”

The collaboration between The College and AALU is a natural one. The mission of The American College Penn Mutual Center for Veterans Affairs is to provide educational support and career opportunities in the financial services profession to active duty service members, veterans and their spouses. Since it was founded in 2012, the Center has awarded more than 225 full scholarships.

AALU has been a trusted voice for the life insurance profession for 60 years. Its membership is made up of active advocates for the profession, who are a trusted voice on policy issues impacting Americans’ financial security. AALU’s mission is to strengthen, grow, promote and advocate for the life insurance industry, ensuring a unified voice and a diverse membership—proudly including many veterans—that reflect the American people they represent.

“As a Penn Mutual affiliate, AALU member, and a proud American, I am excited to see AALU and The American College take this honorable step to help our veterans succeed in their post-military endeavors,” said John Watson III, AALU Board of Directors member since 2013. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to try to repay their selflessness in defense of our great country.”


About The American College of Financial Services
The American College of Financial Services is the nation’s largest nonprofit educational institution devoted to financial services. Holding the highest level of academic accreditation, The College has served as a valued business partner to banks, brokerage firms, insurance companies and others since 1927. The American College faculty represents some of the financial services profession’s foremost thought leaders. For more information, visit TheAmericanCollege.edu.

About The American College Penn Mutual Center for Veterans Affairs
The American College Penn Mutual Center for Veterans Affairs provides educational support and career opportunities to eligible men, women, and their spouses who have served in the armed services of the United States. To learn more about the Center and scholarship opportunities, visit Veterans.TheAmericanCollege.edu.

AALU is the leading organization of life insurance professionals who are a trusted voice on policy issues impacting Americans’ financial security and retirement savings. Its members are leaders in the life insurance community. AALU’s mission is to strengthen, grow, promote and advocate for the life insurance industry, ensuring a unified voice and a diverse membership. For more information, visit AALU.org

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