It’s true—the sooner girls learn about money, the better the decisions they’ll make in the future. Whether she’s 6, 12, or 18 years old, your girl will benefit from financial literacy all her life. Knowing how to budget, save, use credit cards, and other financial concepts will be especially useful when she starts planning for college. Yep, that stressful time will be here before you know it!
One of the key challenges students face when thinking about college is paying for their education. In fact, the Girl Scout Research Institute study Having It All: Girls & Financial Literacy found that 45 percent of high school girls want to learn how to prepare financially for this important phase of their lives.
That’s is where our partnership with Toyota Financial Services (TFS) comes in.
Girl Scouts across the country can receive valuable financial guidance through TFS’s Driving My Financial Future tip sheet. And thanks to the company’s Making Life Easier (MLE) Scholarship, Girl Scouts in select markets can apply for financial support to further their education. Specifically, MLE provides $1 million in scholarships annually to students affiliated with select nonprofits (including Girl Scouts’ TFS-selected grant councils), who show both high academic achievement and a commitment to community service. TFS’s financial education programming is designed to help girls become self-reliant, financially informed, and capable of leveraging their talent, resources, and personal business values to make the world a better place.
In 2018, 28 hardworking Girl Scouts from nine TFS-selected grant councils were awarded the MLE Scholarship, which will help them achieve their education goals. Join us in congratulating these amazing girls! Check out the full list of winners.
Also, TFS-selected grant councils should be on the lookout for next year’s MLE Scholarship information.