MANSFIELD — Superintendent Teresa Murphy and Principal Mary Watkins are pleased to announce a student at Mansfield High School has been given an award from the non-profit organization Next Gen Personal Finance.
Each year, NGPF Fellows award “NGPF Personal Finance Student of the Year” scholarships to students who have demonstrated outstanding contributions in their personal finance classes.
Among the first winners to be announced this year was Mansfield High School sophomore Thomas Currier. He received a monetary scholarship as part of the award.
Currier was nominated for the award by MHS Business and Technology Teacher Jacqueline Collins.
Students are selected for the scholarships based on the following criteria:
- The student has taken a personal finance class in the 2020-2021 school year that was taught by the NGPF Fellow who nominated them.
- The student demonstrated outstanding performance or improvement in the class based on participation/academic excellence/passion for the subject matter.
“Before taking personal finance, I didn’t know much about anything that we learned in class. The class has given me a true advantage in life,” Currier said. “It’s an early pathway to the real world, and what it entails. It allows students to be prepared for the future, and it gives students the possibility of being prepared prior to being an adult.”
In his personal finance class, Currier learned about such things as student loan debt, college preparation, paying bills and doing taxes. Since the class he has received his own debit card, is working toward getting a job, and has been thinking more about his future plans, especially the possibility of college.
“Thomas is a great example of a student who works incredibly hard but also thinks about the bigger picture of how his education can help him in meaningful ways in his life,” Principal Watkins said. “I commend him for his hard work and congratulate him for earning this award.”