Treasurer Stenberg Awards Certificates to Nebraska NEST Financial Scholars
Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg awarded certificates Wednesday to 29 Minden High School students who completed Nebraska NEST Financial Scholars, an online financial literacy program provided to schools by the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust.
Stenberg congratulated those students who completed the program saying they have positioned themselves to be "smart consumers, wise investors, and financially responsible adults."
“Congratulations and best wishes to all of you who have gained a greater understanding of personal finance through Nebraska NEST Financial Scholars and who have positioned yourselves to be smart consumers, wise investors, and financially responsible adults,” Treasurer Stenberg told the students in a recognition ceremony at Minden High School.
The online educational program was developed by EverFi, Inc., of Washington, D.C., and made available to Nebraska high schools through NEST. More than 700 Nebraska high school students have completed the program that was announced in May 2013.
“Financial literacy is a critical life skill,” Treasurer Stenberg said at the certification ceremony at Minden High School. “Concepts of savings, credit, investments, interest rates, and mortgages surround us all every day. As students, you need this essential knowledge to make wise financial decisions in your lifetimes."
EverFi’s web-based teaching platform uses new media technologies—video, animations, 3-D gaming, avatars, and social networking—to cover topics including credit cards, credit scores, insurance, mortgages, savings, stocks, student loans, taxes, 401 (k) plans, and other personal finance concepts that meet national financial literacy standards. The course is presented in 10 modules and takes about eight hours to complete.
Stenberg also awarded certificates Thursday to 86 Alliance High School students.
Nebraska NEST Financial Scholars can be accessed by Nebraska high school teachers and students through the State Treasurer’s website atwww.treasurer.org.