Thirty-seven Hillsborough County Public Schools students came together Wednesday morning to be honored and encouraged to pursue their passion and dream big. The students are from the Academy of Finance Program, which gives students opportunities to learn about and prepare for college and careers in the financial service industry. The event was hosted by the Academy of Finance Advisory Board, professionals from the business industry who support the students on their path.
The Academy of Finance Program was first established in the early 1990s at Jefferson High School which later developed into a magnet program there. It has also expanded as a program at three additional schools, Armwood High School, Brandon High School, and Chamberlain High School. In addition to special finance related classes, students have the opportunity to gain valuable on the job training during paid internships. More than 500 students are currently enrolled in this program.
At a breakfast honoring the students, keynote speakers included Dr. Andrew Gold from Hillsborough Community College and Jay Feaster, Executive Director of Community Hockey Development for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Feaster told the students, “In life and on the job there are only two things you can control, your work ethic and your attitude.” Feaster encouraged students to have a goal and a plan of action.
The students each received a certificate recognizing them as program completers. In addition, several students walked away with generous scholarships to pursue their post-secondary education.
One student, Kaley Edmonds from Armwood High School, received a $20,000 scholarship from the William A. Gregory Jr. Foundation. Kaley is looking forward to attending the University of Florida and majoring in Finance.
Seven more students received other scholarships of various amounts. Since 2002, Hillsborough Finance Academy students have earned $750,000 in scholarship funds.
Some of the Academy’s major community partners include Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union, the University of South Florida’s College of Business-Department of Finance, and NAF headquartered in New York.
The Academy of Finance Program is one way Hillsborough Schools is preparing students for life.View Full Album