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Four Students Awarded MFA Merit Scholarships

The Museum of American Finance is proud to announce that four outstanding students have received the Museum Finance Academy ( MFA ) merit scholarships for the Fall 2021 semester . The MFA is a free five session personal finance certificate course for 11th and 12th graders with the goal of teaching students to aspire to financial independence through developing an appreciation for savings , establishing financial goals and learning to avoid scams .
John Zapolski , a 17-year-old senior at Somers High School in Connecticut , received the top scholarship award of $ 1,000 . Upon graduation , John plans to attend Villanova University and major in
Accounting and Finance . His long-term career goal is to own his own financial planning company and assist underserved individuals in becoming financially independent .
The other three top achievers in the MFA program received scholarships of $ 500 each . They include Tyler Harwood , a junior at West Orange High School in New Jersey , who said the MFA has helped reaffirm and solidify his interest in finance as a potential career choice ; Gabriel Springer , a junior at Glen Ridge High School in New Jersey , who aspires to work as a financial advisor or attorney ; and Katherine Toledo , a junior at the High
School for Economics and Finance in New York City , who plans to become a corporate tax lawyer .
The scholarship winners were featured in a video created by the Museum ’ s pro bono PR agency , Vested , for the opening of the 2022 Gala . The Museum is thankful to Con Edison for its continued support of this program .
The Museum will bring the MFA program to a national audience this Spring , with the addition of a second section of the class which will run at a later time to accommodate students in the western United States . More information can be found at www . moaf . org / mfa .
The Museum is proud to announce that ( clockwise from upper left ) John Zapolski , Tyler Harwood , Gabriel Springer and Katherine Toledo have received the MFA merit scholarships for the Fall 2021 semester .
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