Education is a top priority for Scott Credit Union. During this time of at-home learning, we are sharing two free programs for students in Kindergarten-4th grade.

Originally created through a partnership with the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois to help Daisy and Brownie troops earn badges, this workbook teaches students to identify coins and bills, distinguish between needs and wants, and determine ways to Save, Share, and Spend money they have earned.

Budgeting Buddies
Scott Credit Union has partnered with the St. Louis Cardinals to develop a financial literacy program that introduces students to the importance of making smart financial decisions.  Normally shared with educators, the program is being opened up to allow parents to utilize the curriculum while students learn remotely.

We are a proud partner of Lindenwood University, McKendree University, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and Southwestern Illinois College, as well as many area elementary, middle, and high schools.

We are proud to partner with the Southwestern Illinois College Foundation and Lewis & Clark Community College Foundation to offer a $1,000 scholarship to each college. Please visit their websites for more information.

Southwestern Illinois College Foundation

Lewis & Clark Community College Foundation

Free Financial Education

That’s right – we said free. Part of the credit union difference is living the philosophy of “people helping people.” As experts in the financial industry, it is our job to help you understand the basics of money management and give you the tools you need to succeed in your personal finances. All of the programs below will cost you absolutely nothing – no catches, no kidding!

School Programs

Grade School and younger

Scott Credit Union offers grade schools and day cares the opportunity to schedule a tour of their local Scott Credit Union office. The tour offers kids a behind-the-scenes look at daily credit union operations.

Scott Credit Union representatives are also willing to visit the classroom for presentations or other needs as requested by the teacher. For more information, please contact Cassidy Beck at 618-381-7215 or [email protected].

Middle School and High School

Scott Credit Union is a proud sponsor of CU 4 Reality™ Financial Education Fairs. The CU 4 Reality curriculum creates a fun and interactive learning environment where students can practice specific financial management skills and learn early on the consequences of getting in over their head when it comes to financial matters.

Developed by the Financial Literacy Education Committee of America’s Credit Union Museum, in conjunction with the New Hampshire Credit Union League, the CU 4 Reality Program gives students the opportunity to participate in a hands-on event that propels them through the personal financial management process, including career selection and budgeting for housing, transportation, luxuries, and more.

At the culminating CU 4 Reality Fair, each student receives a folder detailing his or her personal information specific to their career choice. Each will see their approximate monthly gross income and must calculate their take-home pay, then create a monthly spending plan as they progress through booths representing various expenses they may incur. Students are required to make decisions about how much to allocate for items such as food, clothing, housing, transportation, insurance, home furnishings, savings, investments, entertainment and credit. Based on their lifestyle scenario, they will also see alternatives provided and make choices based on their own values, goals and resources.

For more information, or to schedule a CU 4 Reality Fair at your school, please contact Cassidy Beck at 618-381-7215 or [email protected]

Lunch and Learn

Have you wanted to do something nice for your employees? If so, let us help. Scott Credit Union will come to your business or organization, provide lunch, and educate your employees on the topic of your choice. Please contact [email protected] to schedule a Lunch and Learn.

Speakers Bureau

Scott Credit Union offers a Speakers Bureau as part of our commitment to our communities. A free service of the credit union, the Speakers Bureau is designed to deliver financial literacy to area schools, community groups and local businesses.

Scott Credit Union has developed a set of presentations that highlight various financial topics to provide the tools necessary for financial education. Each presentation can be tailored to the needs of a particular group. In the case of school presentations, they can be integrated with the curriculum being delivered in the classroom. Topics include:

  • The Credit Union Difference – “Banking” with a Credit Union
  • Car Buying Process – Become the Expert
  • Identity Theft – Protect Yourself
  • Cooking on a Budget – Saving Money at the Grocery Store
  • Money Management – The Importance of Saving Early and Often
  • Good Credit - How to Get It and Keep It
  • Budgeting & Saving - How to Be In Control of Your Money
  • And Many More!

Invite a member of the Speakers Bureau to visit your business, group or organization today. To request a Scott Credit Union speaker, please contact [email protected].

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