NGPF Fellows: Personal Finance Student of the Year Award, Edition 15

Aug 29, 2019
NGPF Fellows, Financial Literacy

To acknowledge the efforts that teachers put into their classes, NGPF Fellows have the option to award a 'Personal Finance Student of the Year Award' to one student with outstanding contributions in their personal finance class. The Fellow selects a student based on the following criteria:

  • The student has taken the Fellow's personal finance class in the 2018-2019 school year
  • The student has demonstrated outstanding performance in the class based on their participation, academic excellence, and passion for the subject. 

We'll showcase 2 students per week who will also share how they benefited from having a personal finance education in high school.

Congratulations are a little different this week, as NGPF Fellow, Amy McCabe, decided to replicate this award and bestow 2 students with this honorable title!


Student: Chloe Walker

Teacher: Amy McCabe

School: Culpeper County High School (Culpeper, VA)

"One thing I have done as a result of taking this class, is opened a bank account. Before I began this school year, I was going to cash checking stores, and I would save my money at home. After learning about these stores, the risk involved, and the benefits of putting my money in a safe location, I opened a bank account and make weekly contributions to it. This allows me to keep my money safe."



Student: Megan Heidebrecht

Teacher: Amy McCabe

School: Culpeper County High School (Culpeper, VA)

" Prior to taking a personal finance class, I had felt discouraged by the idea that a career in medicine was unattainable out of fear that I would not be able to manage the massive amounts of debt that concern so many medical school graduates. However, after learning how to responsibly utilize credit as a financial tool, I feel confident that my dream is attainable with careful planning."

About the Author

Laura Matchett

After graduating with an education degree and spending 7 years in an elementary classroom, Laura made the switch to the non-profit world and loves interacting with students, educators and business professionals across the country. She is passionate about all students having access to high quality education and views personal finance education as one way to ‘level the playing field’. When Laura is not locating or creating high quality educational resources, you can find her mountain biking or searching for the best ramen in town!