Madison, Wis. (February 21, 2018) – Edgewood College is pleased to announce that the National Institute of Financial and Economic Literacy (NIFEL) recently received the 2017 Governor’s Financial Literacy Award, as selected by the Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy. NIFEL, a summer program that enhances Wisconsin high school teachers’ financial literacy curricula, is hosted each year at Edgewood College. NIFEL is one of 18 individuals and organizations honored this year.
“These individuals and organizations are to be commended for their dedication to helping citizens of all ages enhance their personal financial knowledge and skills,” Governor Walker said. “Financial literacy is about equipping people with the tools they need to be financially secure and achieve their goals.”
The recipients were selected from 29 nominations submitted for consideration. Criteria considered during the screening process included innovative implementation, demonstrated measurable results, collaboration with partners, and whether the effort was focused on needs-based groups.
“It’s such an honor to have NIFEL recognized in this way,” Erin Bykowski ‘07, MA ’12, Director of Financial Literacy Services at Edgewood College, said. “The institute has provided instruction, support and resources to more than 1,000 educators. I am proud that Edgewood College continues to make a meaningful community impact by being a part building financial literacy in the State of Wisconsin.”
The Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy was created by Executive Order #24 and held its inaugural meeting in April of 2011. The mission of the Council is to measurably improve the financial literacy of Wisconsin citizens.
(PHOTO: l. to r. – David Mancl, Director of the Office of Financial Literacy, Wis. Department of Financial Institutions; Dr. Scott Flanagan, President of Edgewood College; Bill Wilcox (Hon.) ’09, President of CBM Credit Education Foundation, Inc.; Erin Bykowski ’07, MA ‘12, Director of Financial Literacy Services at Edgewood College; Governor Scott Walker. Wis. Department of Financial Institutions photo.)