In honor of Reuben’s memory, who was the driving force behind Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP), UNCDF Executive Secretary Judith Karl launched the Reuben James Summerlin Annual Scholarship at Pacific Microfinance Week 2015. PFIP has established a scholarship fund for Pacific Islanders active in the Financial Inclusion space, upholding Reuben’s passion for capacity building and education and contributing to PFIP’s vision of enabling low-income households to gain access to quality, affordable and sustainable financial services and financial education.
This annual scholarship will support select individuals who want to further their knowledge and training in innovation and digital financial inclusion. The scholarship offers a unique blend of theory and practice building the individuals knowledge and facilitating growth and success of your organization. Understanding the challenges of low usage of financial services in the region, the scholarship is designed to recognize outstanding financial inclusion practitioners.
As of July 2018, the scholarship now covers course fees for the Chartered Digital Finance Practitioners (CDFP) Certification offered through the Digital Frontiers Institute (DFI). DFI is a non-profit founded in 2015, which is linked to Tufts University and primarily funded by the Omidyar Network, FSD Africa, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the MasterCard Foundation. Having trained over 2,000 financial inclusion practitioners from over 90 countries, the Institute is considered an educational leader in the Digital Finance space with its online executive education courses, focused on digital finance research and catering for a growing pool of industry professionals.