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Arsenal, Vantage Help Teens Improve Financial Knowledge

Education is a priority for many credit unions. Check out how Arsenal Credit Union and Vantage Credit Union have encouraged teens to continue learning and further their education.

Arsenal Credit Union Transforms How High School Students Learn About Personal Finance

Students at McCluer North High School in the Ferguson-Florissant School District are learning all about money matters this semester through a web-based program that uses simulations, avatars, gaming and adaptive-pathing. This new media technology, made possible through a partnership between the school district, Arsenal Credit Union (Arnold, MO) and Everfi Inc., brings complex financial concepts to life for today’s digital generation.

Almost 300 juniors and seniors at the Florissant school are utilizing Everfi’s learning platform provided at no cost to them or their school by Arsenal.

Harvey Love jumped at the opportunity to incorporate the interactive financial management program into his class curriculum. "As business educators we have a responsibility to equip students with the skills necessary for the 21st-century workforce and for them to become fully productive citizens within society,” says Love. “Financial literacy is a vital component for our students' future successes. We are honored that Arsenal Credit Union has chosen to sponsor an effective, engaging and resourceful financial literacy program that provides our students with foundational skills they will need for the rest of their lives."

Two other teachers at McCluer North are also using the program in their classrooms.

In the coming 2016-17 school year, Arsenal will be bringing the same program to three more local high schools.

“It is more important than ever to arm young people with the skills to navigate an increasingly complex financial system,” says Jenny Remes, a certified educator in personal finance at Arsenal. “We are excited to offer students an innovative educational experience that uses the tools they love – digital learning and gaming – to teach this important topic.”

The 10-unit course offers approximately six hours of programming aimed at teaching, assessing and certifying students in a variety of relevant financial topics including credit scores, insurance, credit cards, student loans, mortgages, taxes, stocks, savings, 401k plans and other critical concepts that map to national financial literacy standards. The platform uniquely tracks the progress and score of every student and provides students who successfully complete the course with Certification in Financial Literacy, a valuable mark of distinction on college applications and resumés.

To complement this program, Remes gave seven classroom presentations at McCluer North in April, which was national Financial Literacy Month. Over the past 3-1/2 years, Remes has given 220 classroom presentations to 3,474 students in the St. Louis metro area.

Pictured are the 2016 Quest for Education Scholarship winners! 

Vantage Credit Union Honors 20 Scholarship Winners

Vantage Credit Union (Bridgeton, MO) awarded 20 area high school seniors with Quest For Education Scholarships (QFE). The award reception was held at Dave & Busters on Tuesday, May 10. Vantage executive team members were on hand to congratulate the students and present them each with a $1,000 scholarship.

Vantage Credit Union recognizes the importance of higher education for a successful future. With college tuition costs consistently on the rise, Vantage strives to give back to its younger members for all their hard work and dedication. 

"We are extremely proud to recognize these 20 outstanding students who have demonstrated their quest for excellence and left a positive impact on others in their communities,” says Eric Acree President/CEO of Vantage Credit Union.

Winners of the 2015-2016 Quest For Education Scholarship were judged on a combination of student-written essays; appropriate honors and awards; participation in extracurricular, community and volunteer activities; and recommendation letters. Credit union membership is required. Every year, dedicated volunteers (local educators, Vantage Board and Supervisory Committee members, and select employees) serve as QFE Selection Committee judges.

Students from 13 public schools, four private schools, and one homeschool, in both Missouri and Illinois, won scholarships. Over the past 32 years, Vantage has awarded more than $632,500 in scholarships to area high school seniors.

The winners are listed below in alphabetical order: Daniel Ampleman, Christian Brothers High School; Camryn Boland and Mackenzie Quirke, Fort Zumwalt South High School; Meredith Buller, Civic Memorial High School; Evan Downey, DeSmet Jesuit High School; Madeline Droney, Marquette High School; Mackenzie Ekren, Pacific High School; Faith Ferguson and Gabriel Jackson, Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School; William Fitzpatrick, Hillsboro Senior High; Madeline Griffith, St. Charles High School; Timothy Juergens, St. Louis University High School; Kevin Mitchell, Oakville High School; Abigail Nitchman, Wright City High School; Madison Roloff, Francis Howell North High School; Madeline Rygelski, Nerinx Hall High School; Tessa Stahlhut, Pattonville High School; Elizabeth Steller, Jefferson High School; Charles Tammons, Jr., Ladue Horton Watkins High School; and Zachary Wattles, Homeschool.