With high school behind her and a plan for a great future, Oluwatosin D. is graduating with a special honor. Recently named the 2020 National Money Matters Ambassador, Oluwatosin has received a $5,000 scholarship from Charles Schwab Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of America to begin her college journey.
As ambassador for the Money Matters: Make it Count program, Oluwatosin will advocate for early financial literacy to help teens across the nation expand their knowledge of money management. Now in its 16th year, the Money Matters program teaches the basics of personal finance and the importance of an early start to financial responsibility.
Oluwatosin attended the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas. She plans to study biomedical engineering at University of Nevada, Reno. Oluwatosin was secretary of her school’s student council and a member of National Honor Society and Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society.
“I never knew how much a program like Money Matters would change the way I think about money,” said Oluwatosin. “I think the biggest lesson I learned was how to save money. Saving money is necessary if you want to make big purchases like a car or payments on my future college tuition bill. I want to thank the Charles Schwab Foundation for my scholarship. It’s one less thing I have to worry about after graduation.”
Money Matters was updated in 2020 with the latest financial knowledge to remain relevant to youth. The refreshed curriculum includes 25 lessons for a classroom setting, digital resources and an interactive, group experience that encourage teens to examine how financial decisions impact their future selves. Money Matters teaches lessons on budgeting, saving, goal-setting and other behaviors that can lead to career readiness, lifelong financial stability and overall success.
In addition to Oluwatosin, 10 other Boys & Girls Club teens will receive $2,500 scholarships for their outstanding personal finance leadership skills.
- Fatima D., Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County (Sarasota, Florida)
- Kylie G., Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Alabama (Ozark, Alabama)
- Eric J., Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor (Benton Harbor, Michigan)
- Jimmy M., Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club (Locust Valley, New York)
- Justin W., Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta (Newnan, Georgia)
- Isabel M., Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley (Canoga, California)
- Robin O., Boys & Girls Clubs of Carson (Carson, California)
- Saul A., Boys & Girls Clubs of Carson (Carson, California)
- Jenna L., Boys & Girls Clubs of Hutchinson (Hutchinson, Kansas)
- Akilah D., Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida (Cocoa, Florida)
Through Money Matters, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Charles Schwab Foundation have awarded $610,000 in scholarships to Boys & Girls Club teens.