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Jump$tart Awards

Recognizing Leadership and Outstanding Achievement in the Financial Literacy Effort

Each April, the Jump$tart Coalition recognizes leadership and outstanding achievement in the effort to advance the financial literacy of students at its annual awards dinner in Washington, DC. 

Annual Awards

Each there are three main awards:

William E. Odom Visionary Leadership Award

Named in honor of Bill Odom, former chairman of Ford Motor Credit Company, whose vision led to the creation of the Jump$tart Coalition. This award recognizes individuals for their significant contribution to financial education, their leadership, vision, and the length of their service to the financial literacy effort.

Federal Leadership Award

Introduced in 2004 as the Federal Legislator Award, it initially recognized current members of the United States Congress who had demonstrated support for financial education and youth financial literacy. In 2010, the award was renamed the Federal Leadership Award to include non-elected leaders of the federal government.

State Coalition of the Year

Jump$tart’s State Coalition of the Year Award was first suggested by Dr. Lew Mandell, one of the Jump$tart Coalitions founding board members, and was introduced by Jump$tart in 2005. This award is an important recognition of the significant contribution of Jump$tart’s affiliated state coalitions and is an opportunity to show our appreciation for these grassroots coalitions, which operate almost entirely with volunteers.

In addition, some years a Chairman's Award is given. 

Chairman's Award

This special award given in special circumstances by the Chairman of the Jump$tart Coalition Board of Directors. The award recognizes individuals for their significant contributions to the Jump$tart Coalition and for their service toward the financial literacy effort.

In 2016, an additional award was given -- a special recognition. 

Special Recognition

This special award given in special circumstances by the Chairman of the Jump$tart Coalition Board of Directors. The award recognizes individuals for their significant contributions to the Jump$tart Coalition and for their service toward the financial literacy effort.

Award Selection

Honorees are selected by a committee comprised of the Jump$tart Board of Directors. Outside nominations are not accepted. However, if you have a recommendation for the committee to review, please email Turn on JavaScript!.

2016 Honorees

 

  • Federal Leadership Award: Martin Gruenberg, FDIC Chairman (bio)
  • Odom Award: Richard Ketchum, FINRA Chairman & CEO (bio)
  • State Coalition Award: Connecticut Jump$tart Coalition
  • Special Recognition: Experian

For additional information, see the press releases or 2016 Awards Dinner

2016 Awards Photos


Past Honorees

See information on past honorees.