04/05/2013 Discover Financial Services’ Pathway to Financial Success



Discover Financial Services’ Pathway to Financial Success program is a five-year, $10 million investment to bring financial education into the public high school classrooms across the country.   The objectives of the program are to raise awareness of the need for financial education in classrooms and at home; get financial education into classrooms by awarding grants to help cover the cost of implementing or enhancing measurable curriculum as well as teacher training; and to reach more than half a million students across the United States in the next five years. 


  • To raise awareness, Discover created a PSA titled, “Awkward Conversations” to highlight the need to have “the conversation” about money with kids.  Discover also worked with the Council for Economic Education (CEE) to help train more than 1,000 teachers and update financial education curriculum that meets the Common Core standards.  For parents and teachers, Discover provides resources on pathwaytofinancialsuccess.org to help begin the conversation about money. There are also resources available to help parents advocate for financial education to be taught in their local schools.  Teachers may apply for grants on the website.
  • Discover awarded more than 125 grants to schools in 30 states in 2012.  The grants cover the costs of implementing or enhancing measureable financial education curriculum.   Now in its second year, Pathway to Financial Success is continuing to award grants throughout the year and measuring the success of 2012 grants.
  • Discover is proud to partner and cultivate relationships with the Jump$tart Coalition, The President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, the Council of Economic Education, DoSomething.org and WeAreTeachers.


Discover is seeking to raise awareness of the need for financial education and seeking advocates to have a national dialogue on this crucial topic.  Engaged parents and school administrators are key to getting this vital education into more classrooms and ensuring a brighter financial future for students.   


  • The Pathway to Financial Success Blog:Written by the Pathway team, along with guest blogs from partners, teachers and others, this blog provides resources, updates on the Pathway program, information about financial education in general, and a connection point for parents, teachers and anyone who wants to know more about financial education. If you are interested in contributing, please contact the team at Turn on JavaScript!.
  • High School Seniors’ Financial Knowledge and Outlook: A Discover Pathway to Financial Survey: A new survey from Discover’s Pathway to Financial Success program found  that 46 percent of all high school seniors ranked personal finance as the most important subject they should have learned for their future success – tying math and ahead of science and technology – but less than one-third (29 percent) have actually taken a personal finance course in school.  However, less than one-third (29 percent) of high school seniors have taken a class in personal finance or money management yet the majority are preparing to pay for some, if not all, of their expenses after high school graduation.  Full findings of the survey will be available at pathwaytofinancialsuccess.org later in April.


Jennifer Grisamore                                                                        
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