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Stella Network names advice scholarship recipient

BT Financial Group’s Stella Network has awarded a masters in financial planning scholarship to an Albury-based Securitor adviser for her support to women in the advice industry.

In a statement from BT, Huon Financial Planning director Anne-Marie Humphries was announced as the winner of the scholarship. 

Ms Humphries won the chance to study through Kaplan for her entry to the Stella Network’s one-year anniversary competition, which asked entrants to explain how they have supported women in the advice industry.

“Ms Humphries’ entry was identified by Kaplan as the winner because of her willingness to identify women who would make good financial advisers and business leaders, her focus on quality and sustainability and her desire to support women keen to go out on their own,” the statement said.

The financial services provider added that four finalists were also awarded a prize of $1,000 each to go towards professional study.

BT said the Stella Network – which was launched in October 2013 – aims to attract more women to the financial advice profession.

“The Stella Network is a real game changer in our industry,” BT general manager of bank financial planning Mike Chesworth said.

“Already with such a large membership base in such a short period of time, we can see the interest and desire of our profession to better reflect the customers that we service.”

“I believe The Stella Network will help broaden out the appeal of financial advice and truly change the face of it,” he said.