Texas Tech University

An alumna and student in the Department of Personal Financial Planning at Texas Tech University won national awards at the Financial Planning Association conference in Boston this weekend.

David Blanchett

Doctoral student David Blanchett received the Montgomery-Warschauer Research Award for the second consecutive year, and alumna Danqin (Kristin) Fang received the FPA Diversity Scholarship.

Blanchett, a certified financial planner and chartered financial analyst, won for his May 2014 Journal of Financial Planning article “Exploring the Retirement Consumption Puzzle.” He and professor Michael Finke were co-winners of the award in 2014.

Blanchett, who learned in April he had earned this award, said he enjoyed being at the conference with other financial planners and was honored to receive this award from his peers.

Michael Finke

Fang, who earned a master's degree in personal financial planning in 2013, was one of two recipients of the diversity scholarship, awarded to students or professionals who promote diversity in financial planning by raising awareness of the profession, serving diverse communities or creating opportunities for diverse communities in the profession.

Fang is a certified financial planner who has worked toward diversifying adviser groups in the industry so the unique needs and cultures of all clients can be met. She is a financial analyst at Evensky & Katz/Foldes Financial in Miami.

Professor Vickie Hampton, chairwoman of the department, was pleased to see Texas Tech so well-represented at the national level.

“The financial planning faculty members are so proud of the way our PFP students and alumni are becoming leaders in the profession,” Hampton said.