Education

From Scholarships to Savings Savvy, Zions Offers Support for Schools

Ways you can engage Zions Bank to support the schools and teachers in your community.

Jul 29, 2016

Apart from parents, perhaps no one can have a greater impact on a child than a teacher. Teachers are enjoying a well-deserved summer vacation, but in just a few weeks they will be back educating young minds to prepare for adulthood. And they need all the help they can get. Zions Bank’s Guiding Principles drive us to be actively engaged in important community issues and to help provide creative solutions to community needs. One of the ways we do this is to support our local schools and teachers.

In recognition of National Support Public Education Day on July 29, we offer this reminder of the many ways you can engage Zions Bank to support the schools and teachers in your community.

  1. Zions Bank KSL Teacher Feature. Do you know a teacher who is doing an outstanding job? Nominate them to be profiled on the radio. Each winner receives recognition gifts and is invited to an awards banquet, where one lucky teacher will win a grand prize 2-year lease on a new car.
  2. Get Smart About Credit Day. Each year, teachers and parents invite Zions Bank employees to visit middle and high school students to teach a lesson on a credit topic such as how to pay for college, how to reduce identity theft, and how credit scores work. Every year, Zions employees teach thousands of students throughout Utah and Idaho.
  3. Teach Children to Save Day. During National Financial Literacy Month each April, thousands of Idaho and Utah students in grades K-12 are visited by local Zions bankers with a lesson on the topic of saving. It is never too early to learn the value of saving.
  4. Financial literacy teacher training. Utah is the most successful state in the nation when it comes to teaching financial literacy. It received the only A+ rating among all 50 states. Most Utah financial literacy teachers did not receive any personal finance training when they were in school so to help them become better prepared, Zions Bank provides any of them with free enrollment in Dave Ramsey’s personal finance program. As one teacher commented: “I learned several things that would make it easier for me to help students in the class. Thank you for this wonderful class.” We are hopeful that this training will contribute to the continued success of teaching Utah high school students about smart money moves.
  5. Award-winning online financial literacy games. For the upcoming school year, Zions Bank will once again collaborate with Doorway to Dreams Fund to bring their award winning financial literacy games to students in Idaho and Utah. We’ll provide more details once school begins.
  6. Pays for A’s Scholarships. Both parents and teachers want students to do the best they can. To help support this goal, Zions Bank pays middle school and high school students up to $1 for every A. Participating students are in the running for regional $100 scholarships and even a $1,000 statewide scholarship for both Utah and Idaho.

If you would like more details on how to get your local schools involved with any of these programs, email Don Milne, Zions Bank Financial Literacy Manager, don.milne@zionsbank.com.
 

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