Winners Announced For Financial Education in Pennsylvania

After receiving over 80 submissions from across the Commonwealth, we are pleased to announce the winners of the Third “What Does Financial Literacy Mean to You” Contest for Grades 7-12.  The winners are:

First place:  $500:  Dyamond Wagner, Forest Hills School District, Teacher (Matthew Gramling), Essay.

Second place:  $250:  Marie-Therese Heil, Homeschooled 8th grader from Camp Hill, Mother (Sarah Heil), Essay.

Third place:  $125:  Andrew Whitaker,  Northeastern Middle School, grade 7​, Teacher: Mrs. Martier, Youtube Video.

It was a very competitive contest with many excellent submissions.  Everyone should be complimented for their fine effort.  As many students submitted their work through their teachers, we are kindly asking all teachers to notify their students of the results.

As April is Financial Capability Month in Pennsylvania, the University will present its awards on April 19 from 11:30 am-1 pm at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, 326 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA.

Additionally, at the same event, the University will welcome a guest speaker Hilary Hunt to discuss Financial Education in Pennsylvania – Past, Present, and Future

huntHow is financial education taught in elementary and secondary schools across Pennsylvania? Which schools require a course in personal finance for graduation? What can be done to increase the quality and quantity of financial education in Pennsylvania schools? These questions and more will be addressed in this lecture by  Hunt. Based in the Harrisburg area, Hilary is recognized nationally for her work in financial education and offers both a local and national perspective on K-12 financial education. Her lecture will feature information on trends in financial education in Pennsylvania over the past two decades as well as steps those interested in promoting financial education can take within their own communities.


Hunt is a national expert in financial education with expertise in curriculum development, teacher training, and financial education policy. Hilary currently serves as director of the Making Cents Project – a cooperative effort of the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Penn State University.