CENTENNIAL, CO--(Marketwired - Aug 28, 2013) - The College for Financial Planning (CFFP), the nation's premier financial planning education institution, has partnered with noted author, columnist and Certified Financial Planner™ professional Carl Richards to offer 20 full scholarships to CFFP's rigorous and highly acclaimed Foundations in Financial Planning(SM) program.

Those interested in applying for one of the 20 scholarships worth $1,140 should submit either a short, two-minute video or a 500-word essay explaining why they are interested in the program, what they hope to learn and who they plan to help with the information they learn. Applicants can submit their information through August 31, 2013, online at www.behaviorgap.com/scholarship.

"The College's Foundations in Financial Planning(SM) is widely regarded as one of the country's best programs for people interested in better understanding both the theory and practice of financial planning," said Richards. "I am very excited to make these scholarships available, and I especially encourage those considering the financial planning industry as a career and finance journalists and bloggers looking to improve their understanding of financial theory to apply."

CFFP's intensive, 10-week Foundations in Financial Planning(SM) program is designed for frontline employees in the financial services industry. The program gives students a basic, practical knowledge of the financial planning process by introducing them to different product categories, essential terminology, and general concepts applicable to financial planning through a curriculum based on a client-centered, problem-solving method.

"Carl Richards' passion is helping make complex financial issues easy to understand," said CFFP President John Sears. "We're honored to work with Carl to give members of his community a chance to participate in our highly regarded program."

For more information on CFFP and its Foundations in Financial Planning(SM) program, visit www.cffpinfo.com/rp.html. More information about Carl Richards and Behavior Gap is available online at www.behaviorgap.com.

About the College for Financial Planning 
Founded in 1972, the College for Financial Planning provides accessible and flexible degree, non-degree, and continuing professional education programs to students nationwide. Shortly after its founding, the College introduced the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification, which has evolved into the world's most recognized and respected financial planning credential, with more than 60,000 professionals in the U.S. having earned the designation.

In addition to its CFP Certification Professional Education Program, the College offers three graduate degree programs, for more in-depth knowledge of the finance industry. Professional designation programs are also available, with specializations ranging from asset management to retirement planning. College for Financial Planning is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. More than 140,000 students have graduated from the College's programs. For more information, visit www.cffpinfo.com.

Contact Information:

Christopher Allen
College for Financial Planning
800-237-9990 ext. 4815

Kelly Collins
The Bawmann Group