Treasurer Sprague Announces February Compass Award Honorees

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

“There are people and organizations throughout the Buckeye State who are working tirelessly to prepare young Ohioans for the future,” said Treasurer Sprague. “By developing and deploying innovative approaches to financial literacy education, they’re ensuring that today’s students have the knowledge and skill sets necessary to meet the challenges of tomorrow. The Compass Award program recognizes the hard work of those who are moving the needle and helping Ohioans reach their financial and career goals."

Compass Award Honorees for February include:

Project RISE (Athens, Meigs, Vinton, and Perry Counties) 
Project RISE gives students in Southeast Ohio access to career and workforce readiness opportunities through the Athens-Meigs Educational Service Center (ESC). Participating students have access to internships, career coaching, and networking events. Through these experiential learning and networking opportunities, Project RISE helps students understand potential career pathways, while connecting them with area employers. During the 2019-2020 school year, more than 1,600 students participated in programming through Project RISE. 


Wayne High School (Montgomery County) 
Wayne High School goes beyond making financial literacy a priority in the classroom. In fact, the school has been named a national “Gold Standard School” for financial education through its implementation of a nationally recognized curriculum and educator training model that helps students meet graduation requirements. In addition to offering personal finance education, Wayne High School works to ensure students are career-ready through partnerships with other local institutions, such as Sinclair Community College. As a result of these partnerships, students are exposed to various career pathways and can complete college-level courses while in high school through College Credit Plus.


OSU Extension - Ohio Saves Campaign 
Ohio Saves is the Ohio-based effort of the national America Saves Campaign and is coordinated and strategically implemented by Ohio State University (OSU) Extension. Through Ohio Saves, participants can access online saving and financial tracking tools, educational newsletters, and other personal finance resources. This statewide effort meets Ohioans where they are in their financial journey, empowering them to save for the future through accessible and effective goal setting.


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.