Holomo Koni Kourouma, a Fulbright Fellow studying in the International Political Economy and Development program (IPED) at Fordham, has received a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) scholarship from The New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA).

Kourouma holds a bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Conakry, Guinea. Before enrolling in the IPED program, he spent eight years as finance manager for ExxonMobil’s Guinean subsidiary and worked for Catholic Relief Services.

“Meeting the CFA Charter requirements will allow me to respond to the demand for sound analytical skills and uncompromising ethical behavior in the financial market,” Kourouma said. “Ultimately I will build on these skills, behaviors and experience to better address developing countries’ investments and financing needs.”

NYSSA and CFA Institute have awarded scholarships to five candidates taking the June exam. Scholarship winners are a select group that meets strict criteria which take into consideration a number of factors, including experience and interest in the investment profession, adherence to ethical standards, financial need and commitment to NYSSA and CFA Institute. Scholarship recipients received awards valuing more than $2,000. NYSSA provided free registration and materials for the Weekly Review, and CFA Institute waived the CFA exam program fees.