Academy of Finance at Chopticon High School Receives $10,000 Grant

MORGANZA, Md.—The Academy of Finance at Chopticon High School has received a $10,000 grant from Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) as part of Mass-Mutual’s national Community Service Award (CSA) program. The Academy of Finance is one of only sixteen organizations nationally to receive an award. MassMutual made the grant on behalf of the volunteer efforts of Chris King who is affiliated with the firm of Raley, Watts & O’Neill located in California, Maryland. Chris is a Mass-Mutual agent contracted through Thompson Financial Group, its agency in Hunt Valley, Md.

“MassMutual’s Community Service Awards program aims to encourage and recognize those financial professionals who are active members of their community,” said Nick Fyntrilakis, Vice President of Community Responsibility, MassMutual. “Chris’s volunteer work reflects MassMutual’s steadfast commitment to supporting organizations in the communities where our financial professionals live and work.”

The mission of the Academy of Finance is to provide high school graduates with the financial literacy skills and competencies needed to successfully manage personal and business finances in a global economy, secure employment in the financial industry, and/or pursue the study of finance at a post-secondary school.

The organization’s greatest need is providing “real world” experiences for the students. The CSA grant would be used to support a trip to New York City’s financial district and other, smaller, more local trips and/or projects that would afford students authentic work-based learning experiences. “The Academy of Finance at Chopticon High School offers students authentic experiences in understanding financial literacy. We two are so thankful for the partnerships that enhance these opportunities for our students,” said St. Mary’s County Public Schools Superintendent J. Scott Smith.

Chris has been with MassMutual for eight years. He has been committed to The Academy of Finance since 2008 and has dedicated countless hours of time and talent to help the organization grow and flourish.

“I am very pleased that my dedication to the Academy of Finance has been recognized by MassMutual,” said Chris. “This grant will provide much needed funding to continue supporting our community by developing groups of youthful skilled leaders who will continue along the track of success and be empowered to carry a legacy of paying it forward.”

Source: Press Release

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