Trio Wins National Scholarships, Rings Nasdaq Closing Bell

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Marlen Breve, Alexandra de Gravelle, and Megan Manno

July 27, 2016

BATON ROUGE – TD Ameritrade recently awarded its fourth annual NextGen Financial Planning Scholarships to 12 students from around the country, with each student receiving $5,000 in scholarships.

Three students from the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business were among the 12 – Marlen Breve, finance major from Baton Rouge; Alexandra de Gravelle, finance major from Metairie; and Megan Manno, accounting major from Houma.

Nearly 250 applications were submitted for the scholarships, said Tom Nally, president of TD Ameritrade Institutional.

To celebrate their achievement and help put a face on the future of financial planning, TD Ameritrade invited the scholarship winners to New York City for a tour of the financial district and a visit to the Nasdaq Market Center, where they helped ring the closing bell.

The event was part of a larger effort by TD Ameritrade to get more students and universities excited about the financial planning profession and build a pipeline of future registered investment advisors prepared to sustain the industry for years to come.

“With this massive amount of wealth being passed down to baby boomers, people are going to need guidance with how to invest and save,” Manno said. “I think it’s really important as millennials we are able to step up and fill the roles of people retiring and to help (them).”

Indeed, a recent report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts jobs for personal financial advisors are expected to grow by 30 percent by 2024, more than four times the 7 percent growth rate for all occupations. However, not enough young people are entering the profession to replace the older advisors nearing retirement age.

About the LSU Department of Accounting
The Department of Accounting at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business strives for excellence in teaching, research and service to the accounting profession. With a mission of producing graduates at all levels who excel in their pursuits, the department offers undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare students for careers in various fields, including industry, auditing, finance, government and academia. For more information, visit the Department of Accounting home page, call 225-578-6202, or email

About the LSU Department of Finance
The Department of Finance offers high quality curricula to undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in corporate finance, asset management, real estate, insurance, banking, and business law. The department boasts internationally renowned research faculty in several areas, including derivatives, asset management, banking and spatial econometrics. The department’s Securities Markets Analysis Research & Trading Lab boasts the Bloomberg Professional service, the platform used by more than 300,000 leading business and financial professionals worldwide to make informed business decisions, and an extensive library of financial data bases including the Wharton WRDS System. Additionally, the department encourages, supports and conducts research in real estate by housing the nationally renowned Real Estate Research Institute. For more information, visit the Department of Finance home page or call 225-578-6291.

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Angela McBride
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business