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the financial academy for youth

College Student

Program Description

Our Financial Literacy for Future Success program is designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and mindset needed to navigate their financial futures successfully. Tailored for students aged 11-19, this comprehensive program spans nine weeks of engaging sessions, culminating in a final presentation ceremony to showcase student achievements.

Program Structure

  • Duration: 9-week program, with classes held twice a week

  • Session Length: Each session lasts between 75 to 90 minutes

  • Final Presentation: During the 10th week, students present their final projections at the Skills, Drills, and Dollars Bills ceremony

  • Skills Drills, and Dollar Bills Ceremony: A celebratory event where students receive certificates of completion/awards, typically lasting 2 1/2 to 3 hours with refreshments served

Program Highlights

  1. Comprehensive Curriculum: Our program covers essential topics such as budgeting, saving, investing, credit management, and career planning, providing students with a solid foundation in financial literacy.

  2. Engaging Sessions: Classes are interactive and dynamic, incorporating a mix of lectures, group activities, case studies, and simulations to keep students actively engaged and reinforce learning.

  3. Hands-on Learning: Students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills through real-world projects, including creating personal budgets, researching investment options, and developing business plans.

  4. Final Presentation Ceremony: The culminating event allows students to showcase their accomplishments and celebrate their growth with family and friends. Certificates of completion and awards are presented to recognize student achievements.

  5. Community Engagement: Our program fosters collaboration and community involvement, encouraging students to support one another, share experiences, and build networks for future success.

  6. Expert Instruction: Led by experienced instructors with expertise in financial literacy and education, our program ensures students receive high-quality instruction and personalized support throughout their learning journey.

  7. Lifelong Impact: By empowering students with essential financial skills and knowledge, our program prepares them to make informed decisions, pursue their goals, and achieve financial independence both now and in the future.

Join us on a transformative journey towards financial literacy and future success!

Mary A. Moore Scholarship

High School Students

The SDDB Scholarship is exclusively available to students enrolled in the SDDB program. This scholarship opportunity is designed to support high school-level students in advancing their education journey beyond the completion of our program.

Graduation Ceremony

College Students

The scholarship is available to current college students who maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. It aims to provide financial relief for students attending college, recognizing the ongoing need for assistance despite available financial aid.

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2021 Mary A. Moore Scholarship Recipients  

Dawanya Shuler

Senior / Wester Chester University / Pennsylvania 

My name is Dawanya Shuler. I am from North Philadelphia. I am the first in my family to graduate from college. I graduated from Community College of Philadelphia in June 2020 with my associates in Behavioral Health Science. I am currently a Senior at West Chester University pursuing my bachelors in social work.

I come from a single parent household. I have two sisters and one brother on my mother's side. I am a middle child. I lost my mother to domestic violence at the age of 18 Losing my mother at such a vulnerable stage in my life drove me to my passion which is helping other women who come from abusive and impoverished backgrounds seek help and find the tools to rebuild their lives in a positive way. Growing up education was not important; the only standard was just to get out of high school. My mother wanted me to go to college, but I did not find my love for education until after losing my mother to domestic violence.


Psychology became interesting to me, questions like why women allow abusive things to happen to them or what makes them stay became a journey of research that landed me into college. Social Work has helped me gain the tools to help link women with resources to rebuild their life, as well as giving my future clients tools that let them see they have self-determination. I want all my future clients to know they are the ones who have all the power, and that they can better their life. I take my studies very seriously. I currently have a 4.0 GPA.


I want to make sure that I take my chance to expand my knowledge and use it to help my society become a better place. It is very vital to me that I become a voice and servant to those who have no resources or who feel they have no voice. After graduating from West Chester with my bachelor's in social work come May 2022 my goal is to apply for my master's in clinical counseling and open my counselor center where I link women to resources that can help them rebuild their life in a more optimistic way while helping them improve their mental health.

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Djennica St- Hilaire




Due to the efforts of our anniversary campaign in September Djennica was one of the two students from Haiti who was able to attend high school for the first time.

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Scheider Alexis





Due to the efforts of our anniversary campaign in September Scheider was one of the two students from Haiti who was able to attend high school for the first time.

2020 Mary A. Moore Scholarship Recipients  

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Fatouma Sam

My name is Fatouma Sam. I’m a recent graduate of Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School in Saint Louis Missouri. I held a 3.9 GPA and ranks 2nd in my class.

I participated in numerous extracurricular activities such as the Vice President of the Key Club, Secretary of 4H Youth Program, Sisterhood, and Intern Leadership Program. I also have volunteered at Saint Stephen Church, American Society, Normandy Early Childhood Center and Saint Louis Arc. As a student, I have developed skills that has helped shape me, and I hope to take these experiences into the next part of my journey.

This fall of 2020, I plan to attend Lindenwood University with a double major in Biology Pre-med and Political Science with a minor in Spanish. My ultimate goal is to become a physician or pediatrician with an emphasis on assisting undeserved communities.


The Moore 4 More scholarship will allow low income students like myself to understand the importance of finance and attend college as a first-generation student.

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Rachael Mosley

My name is Rachael Mosley and I attended Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School. I have attended CRCP all 4 years. My most memorable moments and experiences are playing Basketball and Soccer. 

In the fall I will be attending Saint Louis Community College of Forest Park to gain my two years of undergraduate in Architecture. Then I will be transferring to Saint Louis University to begin my Architecture degree.

If I were to win this scholarship it will mean the world to me. I have graduated with straight A’s all while having my son. This will put the stamp on that anything is possible.

2019 Mary A. Moore Scholarship Recipients  


Raphael Catchings


Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School



Amari Armstead


Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School


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