Financial Education and Capability Awards

The Financial Education and Capability Awards Program highlights the dedication and success of public school teachers, community champions and outstanding organizations who deliver financial education. Financial education focuses on a range of financial management concepts and behaviors including budgeting, careers and income, credit, savings, financial decision-making, and understanding values and habits about money. 

Nominate a Maryland financial education rock star to WIN $1,000! The 2018 nomination process is now open. To learn more please check out this overviewPlease use this online form to nominate someone for an award. 

Awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Elementary School Teacher or Program
  • Middle School Teacher or Program
  • High School Teacher or Program
  • Community Champion Award (Individual Educator)
  • Outstanding Organization Award

Each award winner will receive a certificate and $1,000 in cash generously provided by OneMain Financial and The Woodside Foundation.

Timeline for Awards

  • Applications are available as of December 4, 2017
  • Applications must be received by January 26, 2018 (late applications will not be accepted)
  • Committee meets to select winners: February 5, 2018
  • Awards announced: February 9, 2018
  • Award Ceremony in Annapolis: March 12, 2018 in the evening

2017 Financial Education and Capability Award Winners:

  • Elementary School Teacher or Program: Taylor Estes, Princess Anne Elementary School (Somerset County). Personal finance units with life lessons on living within your means
  • Middle School Teacher or Program: Joseph DeStefanis, Margaret Brent Middle School, Mechanicsville (St. Mary’s County). Authored “The Stock Market for Life” to teach The Stock Market Game to public school students
  • High School Teacher or Program: Nicole Cathirell, New Town High School, Owings Mills (Baltimore County). Exemplifies the Junior Achievement mission of empowering youth to own their own economic success
  • Community Champion Award (Individual Educator): Tisa Silver Canady, University of Maryland, Baltimore (Baltimore City). Volunteer educator, speaker & advocate for financial education at UMB’s campus & throughout Greater Baltimore
  • Outstanding Organization Award: MakingChange, (Howard County). Provides financial education in a variety of ways and locations to low-to-moderate income adults in Howard County