State honors UA for work to improve students' financial literacy


Eight award recipients stand in a row holding the awards from the Ohio Treasurer

Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague has awarded two Compass Awards to the University, one for our wraparound financial literacy program for students and one for our Adult Focus Office.

The monthly recognition program commends organizations, programs and individuals across the state who are working to guide Ohioans toward financial literacy and empowerment.

Through our Offices of Financial Aid, ZipAssist and Career Services, the University offers financial literacy workshops, a digital education platform, guidance on financing and managing student loans, and career services to help students make informed choices. Additionally, UA has partnered with Stark State College to provide similar services to its students and help them transition to completing a bachelor-level degree.

Adult Focus helps adult students locate funds for their education. The department also works to identify and reconnect with former students who are close to graduating, offering them counseling and incentives to return and complete their coursework. Additionally, students are provided with career assistance and job search support.

“Innovative and effective financial literacy education plays a critical role in preparing our young people for success later in life,” Sprague said. “The Compass Award program recognizes the people and organizations across Ohio who are working tirelessly to ensure the next generation of Ohioans are headed toward a bright financial future.”

Above, from left are:

  • Ali Doehring, director of ZipAssist
  • Mike Kulick, senior associate director of Career Services
  • Taylor Sminchak, coordinator of outreach for ZipAssist
  • Dr. John Messina, vice president of student affairs
  • Becca Armstrong, deputy director of public affairs, State of Ohio Treasurer’s Office
  • Dr. Gary L. Miller, president
  • Laura Conley, director of Adult Focus
  • Dr. Jarrod Tudor, director of regional campuses and education