The Florida Securities Dealers Association, Inc. (“FSDA”), the definitive voice of, and advocate for, Florida securities firms and investment advisors for more than 80 years, has named the recipients of the 2019-2020 O’Bannon M. Cook FSDA Investment in the Future Scholarship. One such recipient, Caitlin Owens, is a recent graduate of Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, FL whose father, Gordon Owens, works for Robert W. Baird. Owens, who is currently working as associate with Robert W. Baird, was chosen from applicants from across the state of Florida because she demonstrated a high level of academic achievement, exceptional leadership skills and a strong commitment to service within her community. Owens will receive a $2,000 scholarship.
“It is such a pleasure to see how Caitlin has expressed an interest in pursuing a career in the financial industry, and the FSDA is proud to be able to play a small roll in her academic success,” said Laura Hawley, FSDA Member and Chairperson of the FSDA Scholarship Committee.
While at Lake Highland Preparatory School, Owens was a member of the Latin and National Honor Societies, Student Government, Winter Park Youth Leadership and she also received the President’s Award. Owens also competed on Lake Highland Prep’s Varsity Girls Golf Team and is nationally ranked with the PGA and USGA Junior golf programs. This fall, Owens plans to attend the University of Miami to study Accounting under an Accelerated Accounting Program.
About the O’Bannon M. Cook FSDA Investment in the Future Scholarship Program The O’Bannon M. Cook FSDA Investment in the Future Scholarship Program was established to recognize and assist employees and immediate family members of employees of FSDA members who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership skills and commitment to service, along with an interest in pursuing a career in the securities industry or business in general. Since the O’Bannon M. Cook FSDA Investment in the Future Scholarship Program’s inception, the FSDA has awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships to outstanding recipients. This year, the program awarded two scholarships. Finalists are selected based on their leadership skills; participation in service organizations, clubs, and other student groups at school and in the community; and their academic record.
Since 1933, the FSDA’s mission is to advocate on behalf of the industry and provide education opportunities for its members and Florida's investing public.