O’Brien, senior finance major and economics minor, received the Financial
Executives International: Pittsburgh–Kuldeep Shastri Memorial Scholarship for
$1,000 on March 18, 2015.
Executives International is an organization that advances and connects
senior-level financial executives and their organizations. Since 1931, FEI’s
purpose has been to define the financial profession, educate members and others
and work with the government to improve the general economy.
“Christopher is an amiable and articulate
individual who is forthright and reliable in all respects,” said Robert Boldin, financial and
legal studies professor, who recommended O’Brien. “He demonstrates superior academic
excellence, curiosity, interpersonal skills, and maturity, all of which qualify
him for this prestigious FEI honor.”
honored that the finance department feels that I am a good representative for
their program and Eberly College,” said O’Brien.
outstanding factor that contributed to the selection of O’Brien was his
involvement in the Student Managed Investment Portfolio. He is an active leader
of SMIP, where he is the CIO and manages the organization’s budget. Because of his
successful management, IUP awarded SMIP an additional $100,000 to their
existing $650,000 budget; raising their portfolio value to more than $750,000.
He is also
an active member of the CFA Society of Pittsburgh, Student Finance Association,
and Toastmasters International, where he practices public speaking with other
professional community members. O’Brien volunteers as a counselor for his
hometown youth group and attends many church-sponsored charity events in
Indiana as well, such as the St. Thomas Moore Book Sale.
future, O’Brien hopes to open his own full service investment firm. He is
currently working to obtain his chartered financial analyst designation. He
also plans to work his way up as a portfolio manager and chief investment
officer of local and global banks and investment firms. Presently he holds
certifications from Bloomberg Essentials and Yellow Belt–Six Sigma.
qualify for the scholarship, an accounting or finance student in their junior
or senior year must be nominated by a sponsoring professor. The student then
submits their resume, a personal statement outlining their academic history,
community involvement and career aspirations, and a recommendation letter from a
received his scholarship during the FEI Scholarship Awards Dinner at the
Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh.
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