Investment Management Club Establishes Bloomberg Certification Scholarship
The Investment Management Club (IMC) at AUBG has just established a scholarship that will enable students interested in finance to enroll in the Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) course. The online class offers a self-paced and interactive introduction to financial markets and the Bloomberg terminal itself. Upon completion, the students will also receive a certificate.
“The initiative is part of the Investment Management Club’s agenda to be more supportive towards students and their professional development,” said Martin Iliev, a graduating senior and president of IMC.
The number of scholarships will depend on the funds the club has, and currently, it has raised $900 thanks to donor support, Iliev said.
“We want to incentivize people to develop their skills by providing them with the financial resources to do so,” he said.
Vladimira Mihaylova (‘19), who was Vice President of the club before graduating in May 2019, sees her work on establishing this scholarship as a way to pay it forward to the current students. “I studied at AUBG on a full America for Bulgaria scholarship and I was very happy and thankful for this chance,” she said. “I realized that receiving a scholarship is something that motivates people to strive to be better.”
The scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis, Mihaylova said. The students will have to write an essay and show their motivation and passion for finance.
Both AUBGers agree that joining a student club enhances the AUBG experience.
“It is very important for a student to participate in extracurricular activities as you have the chance to spend time with people and share your passion for the things you do, in our case, finance and economics,” she said.
“The club is not only a great place to meet like-minded people, but also we are trying to be an addition to the classroom activities,” Iliev said. “You learn a lot in class, but there are some extra bits and pieces that you could add to your knowledge from external sources.”
The club also tries to help economics students find internships and job opportunities in the field. “So far, we have aided three people in securing winter internships,” Iliev said. One of them is in Mergers and Acquisitions, a very exotic field of work in Bulgaria. I believe it is thanks to the club’s connections that this student managed to secure such an internship.”