Winston-Salem, N.C. (Jan. 11, 2019) – Truliant Federal Credit Union recently announced the winners of its annual Financial Education Grants for public schools.
A total of ten applicants -- nine schools and one school system -- in Truliant’s North Carolina member-owner communities are receiving grant funds to advance financial literacy education among students. The credit union is distributing a combined total of more than $41,000 to this year’s winners.
In the fall of 2018, teachers from eligible districts were encouraged to submit financial literacy project funding requests. Finalists were chosen by a panel which included three retired educators. An unbiased and thorough scoring system was employed to single out the worthiest projects for funding. Awards are being 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 third year, provides $200,000 over five years for financial literacy education in schools.
This fund is intended to strengthen financial literacy for students in grades 6-12 by supplying up to $5,000 in financial education grants to public school teachers for incorporating financial education into their classroom curriculums.
“These grants reflect our ongoing commitment to financial education that builds confidence in students and in the long run, enriches our local communities,” said Atticus Simpson, director of community affairs and business partnership development. “Incorporating these programs into school curriculums ensures that students achieve financial literacy early. This funding empowers schools to make these programs possible.”
2018 Financial Education Grants Winners
Marie G. Davis School, Charlotte, N.C., $5,000: To continue LiveSchool subscriptions to document behavior and goal setting while promoting financial literacy and responsibility in middle school students.
West Mecklenburg Senior High School, Charlotte, N.C., $4,925: In collaboration with the NAF CTE Advisory Board, to provide Financial Education sessions that offer a practical application of learned skills through an Investment Portfolio Challenge.
Mountain Island Lake Academy, Charlotte, N.C., $4,643: To support the Millionaire Club, an organization that prepares students to be financially responsible adults by offering financial education and exposure to the complex financial world.
Ranson Middle School, Charlotte, N.C., $5,000: To support the Ranson IB Middle School Business Plan Project by helping six winning scholars design and employ a mobile school store.
Robert B. Glenn High School, Kernersville, N.C., $4,500: To help special needs students learn money management skills which will assist them in transitioning to semi or complete independent living after high school graduation.
Walter Hines Page High School, Greensboro, N.C., $1,000: To support the OCS Coffee Shop program which helps students with exceptional needs learn the business curriculum, develop job skills and start a coffee shop that sells to staff members.
The Middle College at Bennett, Greensboro, N.C., $3500: To fund the Let’s Get Financially Fit program, a workshop series that teaches students and their families financial skills and the importance of financial literacy.
Hugh M. Cummings High School, Burlington, N.C., $4483: To promote financial literacy through the use of Quicken software and Microsoft Excel applications.
Ray Street Academy, Graham, N.C., $3,577: To purchase financial software and updated technology that will provide students in an alternative school the best learning environment possible.
Randolph County Schools, Asheboro, N.C., $5,000: To fund the provision of substitute teachers so that teachers can attend training in the utilization of the financial literacy tool EverFi.