Press Release

Franklin University Awarded 2020 TD Ameritrade NextGen Grant


Sherry Mercurio
Executive Director, Office of Community Relations

Columbus, OH (August 3, 2020)

Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults, is pleased to announce its selection as a 2020 TD Ameritrade NextGen Grant recipient. TD Ameritrade Institutional, a champion of registered investment advisors (RIAs) selected Franklin as one of only six universities to receive the grant. Now in its eighth year, the 2020 TD Ameritrade NextGen Grant recognizes schools that have demonstrated a commitment to educate and train future financial planners by awarding a $15,000 grant.

The 2020 TD Ameritrade NextGen Grant will help support Franklin University’s long-standing commitment to student success. Grant funding will be used to help strengthen Franklin's Financial Planning (FP) program and assist the financial planning industry by graduating more highly qualified FP students. Specific outcomes will include:

  • Real-world interaction for new financial planning students with financial planning practitioners
  • Hands-on customer experience from providing financial navigation
  • Intensive learning through peer-to-peer teaching of budgeting and financial planning principles

Leading the University’s implementation of the grant is Dr. Martina Peng, CFP®, chair, Department of Accounting, Finance and Risk Management at Franklin. “The pilot project, which will connect our first-semester financial planning students with the independent financial advisory industry, will be implemented this Fall,” shared Dr. Peng. “Providing this new accessibility adds yet another point of distinction to Franklin’s best-practice education, taught by industry professionals who help prepare our students for successful careers, whether in the corporate world or directly with individuals and families.”

As Ohio’s #1 online financial planning degrees, the 2020 TD Ameritrade NextGen Grant will expand Franklin’s comprehensive financial planning curriculum which helps prepares students for the frontlines of this flourishing field. Franklin’s Financial Planning curriculum is certified by the CFP Board; and upon completion, students are eligible to sit for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Exam, the most prestigious certification in the field.

To learn more about Franklin’s respected Financial Planning degree, taught by credentialed professionals, visit

About TD Ameritrade Institutional

TD Ameritrade Institutional empowers more than 7,000 independent registered investment advisors to transform the lives of their clients. It provides powerful technology and resources that help simplify running a business and let advisors spend more time doing what matters most — serving their clients. Through meaningful innovation, steadfast advocacy and unwavering service, TD Ameritrade Institutional supports RIAs as they build businesses that positively impact their clients and communities. TD Ameritrade Institutional is a division of TD Ameritrade, Inc., member FINRA / SIPC, a brokerage subsidiary of TD Ameritrade Holding Corp.

About Franklin University

Accredited, nonprofit and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides on-site course options at our Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, and is an innovator in providing personalized online education. The University offers applied in-demand undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. The University also offers several academic programs internationally, including its top-ranked MBA, through agreements with partner institutions.

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and holds specialized accreditations for specific academic programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education. Franklin is only one of three schools in Ohio designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. 

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