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Money Management Center Hosts Financial Literacy Month

April 17, 2017
SHSU Media Contact: Tyler Pointer


Story by Tyler Pointer

Broaden your horizons and deepen your wallet. 

The Student Money Management Center at Sam Houston State University is hosting a large number of events in the month of April in partnership with the City of Huntsville for Financial Literacy Month, to increase familiarity with financial wellness for the SHSU and surrounding community.

The presentations are free to attend for the public and will be held both on and off campus in the Student Services Annex at SHSU and the Huntsville Public Library.

Patsy Collins, director for the Student Money Management Center at SHSU, believes that people know that they need to save money, but do not know how much or how to start. FLM’s main purpose is to help session attendees grasp that.

“We have trained nearly 50 students to speak to the community about financial literacy,” Collins said. “These events also bring awareness to students on campus that we are for them and to help them answer questions about financial literacy.”

Among topics covered are “Matchmaking: Learn How to Make Friends With Your Money,” “Spending Plans: Meeting Goals the Simple Way,” “College Costs: More Than Tuition,” “Investing in Undergraduate Education: Costs and Resources,” and more.

The SMMC will also give one student a $1,000 scholarship on Wednesday, April 19, for their Student of the Year award. To receive the award, a student who has attended at least six SMMC events during the academic school year will have to compete in a game of Jeopardy in SAAX 129.

The sessions held at SHSU are in conjunction with Houston Money Week, which will give out a $250 scholarship to students who are chosen from a drawing out of those who attend a FLM event.

“The more you know, the more empowered you are to live a purposeful life,” Collins said. “Empowering yourself with knowledge about money is key to that.” 

For more information on FLM and a list of events, visit SMMC’s website.

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