WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (March 28, 2022) – The Truliant Foundation announced today the 11 recipients of its annual Financial Education Grants for public schools.
One school system and 10 public schools in Truliant’s member-owner communities are receiving grants for individual programs aimed at improving financial literacy. The Truliant Foundation is distributing $42,360 to this year’s winners.
In the fall of 2021, teachers from eligible districts were encouraged to submit financial literacy project requests. Grants were awarded in five categories: Entrepreneurship, Money and Credit Management, Financial Planning, Income and Careers, and Professional Development. Schools in Mecklenburg, Randolph and Guilford counties received grants.
Truliant created the Financial Education Grants in 2016 to recognize its milestone of reaching 200,000 member-owners. The fund, now in its sixth year, has provided more than $250,000 to school programs.
The fund is intended to strengthen financial literacy in grades 6-12 by supplying up to $5,000 in financial education grants to public school teachers so they can incorporate financial education and related lessons into their curriculums.
“Since 2016, Truliant’s financial-education grants have enabled an array of important and creative financial-literacy programs,” said Atticus Simpson, director of the Truliant Foundation. “Our belief in this program is so strong, and financial education is such a core part of our values, that we extended the program another year and plan to continue providing them.”
The Truliant Foundation is also a contributor to the North Carolina Council on Economic Education (NCCEE), a non-profit organization that provides professional training and assistance to help teachers in North Carolina be better prepared to teach economics and personal finance. This is particularly important as a law passed in 2019 now requires North Carolina students take a personal finance course in order to graduate from high school.
Recipients of the Truliant Foundation 2022 Financial Education Grant Program include:
- South Mecklenburg High School, Charlotte, N.C., $4,500: The grant is being used to support a student-run clothing store – Sabre Enterprise. Students will learn to run a small business that sells items to staff, clubs and other students.
- Turning Point Academy, Charlotte, N.C., $5,000: The grant will support “Brighter Financial Futures,” a financial-education curriculum at an alternative high school that will use incentives for students to attend school and complete their financial education training.
- Providence High School, Charlotte, N.C., $460: The grant will be used to purchase the final pieces of equipment in an audio/video and photography lab for students in a design class.
- West Charlotte High School, Charlotte, N.C., $5,000: The grant will support the new North Carolina Economic and Personal Finance curriculum. The curriculum is focused on money management, career planning and credit management.
- Southwestern Randolph High School, Asheboro, N.C., $300: The grant will support a digital-learning program that embeds questions into videos that are about economics and personal finance.
- Northwest Guilford Middle School, Greensboro, N.C., $5,000: The grant will support the Career and Technical Education department’s idea for a student-run store that uses computers to allow more students to participate in the operation and marketing of a small business.
- The Academy at Smith High School, Greensboro, N.C., $5,000: The grant will support a model pharmacy within the school so pharmacists can come to the school and assist students with receiving their credential training.
- The Academy at Smith High School, Greensboro, N.C., $4,850: The grant will support a real-world, online learning platform for students who are working to complete their healthcare certifications.
- Guilford County Social Studies, Greensboro, N.C., $5,000: The grant will be used to support teachers who are working with experts to develop standard-aligned lessons for the new Economics and Personal Finance curriculum.
- Northwest Guilford High School, Greensboro, N.C., $2,500: The grant will support a student store that has been created and is operated by accounting students. They will forecast operating costs and staff the business.
- Western Guilford High School, Greensboro, N.C., $4,750: The grant will support a model business curriculum and student competitions for Drone Technology and Transportation Logistics students in the “Western Drones R Us” program.
The next cycle for submissions to the Truliant Foundation Financial Education Grant program will be in October 2022.
For more information, contact Renee Rohrer at [email protected].
About The Truliant Foundation:
The Truliant Foundation supports Truliant Federal Credit Union’s commitment to community and its social responsibility to give back to the neighbors it serves. Established in 2021, the foundation provides support to nonprofit community partners working to enhance the quality of life in member communities. The donor-advised fund was created by Truliant and is administered by the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation. Donations to the foundation are tax deductible. Learn more at Truliant.org/Foundation.
About Truliant Federal Credit Union:
Truliant Federal Credit Union is a mission-driven, not-for-profit financial institution that improves lives by providing financial guidance and affordable financial services. Chartered in 1952, Truliant now serves 280,000+ members and has more than 30 Member Financial Centers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
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