Treasurer Sprague Announces March 2021 Compass Award Honorees
COLUMBUS – Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague has announced Compass Award honorees for the month of March. The monthly recognition program commends organizations, programs, and individuals across the state who are working to guide Ohioans toward financial literacy and empowerment.
“Financial literacy education is foundational to our state’s prosperity and financial future,” said Treasurer Sprague. “Across Ohio, there are individuals and organizations helping our young people take personal finance skills to the next level - equipping them with the knowledge and tools to make sound financial decisions at any stage of life. The Compass Awards program recognizes and commends these important efforts.”
Compass Award Honorees for March include:
Archbold High School Counseling Department (Fulton County)
By staying on top of best practices in school counseling, Archbold High School builds authentic connections between counselors, students, and their families. Counselors work closely with students and families to ensure students have the skills to succeed both in school and later in life. This individualized attention and planning helps students understand the steps they need to take as they consider higher education, joining the workforce, or the military.
College Now (Cuyahoga County)
College Now is a non-profit college access and advocacy organization that provides post-secondary guidance and advising services to more than 30,000 students per year. Through one-on-one sessions, community-wide events, and other resources, the organization guides both prospective and enrolled college students through the significant decisions that accompany pursing higher education. From applications and enrollment to financial aid, College Now helps students make informed decisions that will put them on track for future success.
Otsego High School (Wood County)
At Otsego High School, students are not just learning about business and finance in the classroom – they help to operate a credit union branch. Through a partnership with Sun Federal Credit Union and Penta Career Center, Otsego High School’s student-staffed credit union branch offers basic banking services to students. Once per week during lunch, students run and balance teller drawers and service accounts, learning both workplace skills and important lessons about saving and budgeting.
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.