Fifth Third Bank and EVERFI celebrated the students of Guilford High School in Rockford, Illinois, on May 25, 2021. The two companies recognized the progress and success of 388 Guilford students who took Fifth Third Finance Academy courses. At the event, Fifth Third Bank Chicago Regional President Mark Hoppe announced the first winner of the Fifth Third Spring Scholarship contest, for which there were over 1,600 entries. The winner of the $2,500 scholarship was Kenia Castaneda-Benavides, pictured with her teacher, Ms. Gahan, who directs Fifth Third Finance Academy courses at the school.
Fifth Third Bank is a leader in financial education. Since 2004, the Bank has helped educated 2.6 million people in the ways of personal finance through its Fifth Third L.I.F.E. (Lives Improved through Financial Empowerment®) programs. Fifth Third Finance Academy is powered by EVERFI and teaches teens foundational financial education as well as entrepreneurship. Other programs include Fifth Third Empower U® and the Fifth Third Bank Young Bankers Club®.