Winston-Salem, N.C. (March 8, 2018) – Truliant Federal Credit Union (Truliant) recently announced the 2017 winners of its annual Financial Education Grants for public schools.
Nine schools in Truliant member-owner communities in North Carolina received grant funds to advance financial literacy education among students. The credit union distributed a combined total of more than $40,000 to the winners. Projects are currently underway at the winning schools.
In 2017, teachers from eligible districts were encouraged to submit financial literacy project funding requests. Finalists were chosen by an open social media and app voting contest. Awards were distributed to schools in the Piedmont Triad and Charlotte-Mecklenburg regions.
Truliant created the financial education grants in 2016 to recognize a milestone of growth to 200,000 members. The fund, now in its second year, provides $200,000 over five years for financial literacy education in schools.
Its goal is to strengthen financial literacy for students in grades 6-12 by supplying up to $5,000 in Financial Education grants to public school teachers to incorporate financial education into their classroom curriculum.
The grant program was recently awarded 1st Place state-level recognition with a prestigious Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award from the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation.
“Funding for financial education is critical to ensuring young people understand the importance of managing money,” said Renee Shipko, Community Engagement Supervisor at Truliant.
“When these programs are incorporated into a curriculum, teachers help set the foundation for financial literacy early. That puts these students on a path to becoming responsible adults who make the best financial decisions for their goals and lives.”
2017 Financial Education Grants Winners
James B. Dudley High School, Greensboro, N.C.: $5,000: To provide resources and field trips for its Future Business Leaders of America organization and personal finance students.
Main Street Academy: $5,000, Winston-Salem, N.C.: To build a financial education program to assist students with understanding finances and budgeting.
Marie G. Davis School: $5,000, Charlotte, N.C.: To support school e-cards and registers to document behavior and goal-setting while promoting financial literacy and responsibility in middle school students.
Northeast Guilford High School, McLeansville, N.C.: $5,000: To support leadership activities that allow students to become globally aware of the value of financial decision-making as it impacts the choices they can afford to make in their personal lives.
Parkland High School, Winston-Salem, N.C.: $5,000: To purchase Google Chrome books for business students to use in their efforts to build and operate a student store using a business plan model.
Southeast Guilford Middle School, Greensboro, N.C.: $750: To provide students with disabilities an opportunity to open different kinds of accounts (savings/checking) and budget money to purchase class materials.
Southwest Guilford High School, High Point, N.C.: $5,000: To support DECA, an organization that teaches students leadership and business skills through competitions, and allows students to participate in these competitions.
West Charlotte High School: Charlotte, N.C.: $5,000: To support The Dub C Exchange Club, a project-based learning financial literacy program and club that includes running a school store.
Whitewater Middle School, Charlotte, N.C.: $5,000: To support the Future Business Leaders of America organization by helping students with registration and travel fees to attend financial competitions.