Treasurer Sprague Announces December Compass Award Honorees

COLUMBUS – Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague has announced Compass Award honorees for the month of December. The monthly recognition program commends organizations, programs, and individuals across the state who are working to guide Ohioans toward financial literacy and empowerment.

“These organizations are equipping young people – and in some cases their families – with important financial skills to help them navigate life’s challenges and prepare them for the realities of the workforce,” said Treasurer Sprague. “Across the Buckeye State, people and organizations are creating comprehensive and innovative ways to put Ohioans on a path to success. The Compass Award program recognizes that important work.” 

Compass Award Honorees for December Include:


Liberty-Benton High School (Hancock County)

Liberty-Benton High School takes a comprehensive approach to give students the information and skills needed to make informed financial and career decisions at each stage of life. Along with the required financial literacy coursework for graduation, Liberty-Benton High School also provides   career courses, apprenticeship opportunities, career fairs, on-site College Credit Plus courses, and other resources. With a greater understanding of personal finance and career readiness, Liberty-Benton students are well-prepared to navigate life after high school.  


Gallia-Vinton Educational Service Center’s Summer Advantage Program

Through close partnerships with local elected officials, government agencies, area schools, and sponsors, the Gallia-Vinton Educational Service Center (ESC) runs the Summer Advantage Program. The Summer Advantage Program provides students and families with opportunities to improve career readiness, make better financial decisions, and increase academic support at home, as well as offering stability for families facing challenges related to finances and well-being. The program meets participants where they are in life to make meaningful and lasting changes that impact their entire household. 


Agape for Youth, Inc. (Montgomery County)

Agape for Youth is a foster care agency that currently serves 15 Ohio counties. As part of their services, the agency offers the Bridges Program, which helps young people successfully transition from foster care into adulthood. Through the program, those aging out of foster care receive access to housing and other supportive services, including financial literacy education. Instruction includes classroom teaching, interactive learning, and real-world community experiences.


Robert Sprague became Ohio’s 49th Treasurer of State on January 14, 2019, bringing to the office his extensive experience working on financial matters in both the public and private sectors. Under Treasurer Sprague’s direction, the office manages the state’s $29 billion investment and $11 billion debt portfolios, collects and deposits all state revenues, and oversees custodial assets.