The Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy based in Washington, D.C. will host its annual awards dinner on April 8 to recognize federal legislators who have worked to advance financial literacy among American citizens.
The awards dinner will be held at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. Janet Bodnar of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance will be the special guest emcee at the event.
To be eligible for the award, individuals must be sitting members of the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives, cabinet officials or heads of federal agencies “who have demonstrated support for financial education and youth financial literacy.”
Previous honorees include former Sens. Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii), Wayne Allard (R-Co.), Rick Santorum (R-Penn.) and Jon Corzine (D-N.J.), as well as Sens. Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Kay Hagan (D-N.C.). Former Rep. David Dreier (R-Calif.) and current Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) have also been presented with the award in the past.
In 2010, the award was expanded to include other key policymakers in the federal government, leading to the renaming of the award as the Federal Leadership Award. Government honorees have included former FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair and current Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.