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Louis Maygarden Center for Financial Literacy

The Louis Maygarden Center for Financial Literacy, housed in the College of Business, focuses on improving the financial health and well-being of all persons residing in the University of West Florida service area.


What We Do:

One of the main goals of the Center for Financial Literacy is to increase awareness of, and access to, effective financial education. The Maygarden Center for Financial Literacy collaborates with successful providers of financial education to provide a pathway to competency in financial literacy. The center offers various learning opportunities including workshops, seminars, and speaker series.

The center also focuses on intervention by offering credit counseling services to individuals contemplating life-changing financial matters. The counseling services are sponsored by Members First Credit Union and are personalized and offered to any member of the community. Individual credit counseling is performed by the center’s certified credit counselors.               

Mission:

Improve the financial health and well-being of all persons residing in the University of West Florida service area.

Vision:

A prosperous, self-reliant citizenry capable of contributing to the orderly and sustainable advancement of community, state and nation.

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Upcoming Events: 

The Center for Financial Literacy is proud to partner with Gulf Winds Cares Foundation to provide a series of quarterly workshops available for free to the community. Please see the upcoming workshops for 2022-23 and the workshops we hosted for the 2021-22 academic year!

Upcoming Workshops
Navigating the Home Loan Process

  • November 16, 2022
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Bowden Building, Room 1 (120 Church St.)
  • Rich Preston
  • Registration

Putting Your Financial House in Order

  • January 24, 2023
  • Noon-1 p.m.
  • The Commons Auditorium
  • Chris Kelly, Senior Vice President, The Kelly Group at Morgan Stanley

Do's, Don'ts, and Never's for Credit

  • March 21, 2023
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Building 76A, Room 101
  • Jim Eanes, Credit Consultant, Maygarden Center for Financial Literacy

Previous Workshops
Credit Scores and Building Credit
 

Personal Investing and Savings Products 

  • March 29, 2022
  • Building 76A, Room 101
  • Dr. Kwan-Chen Ma, professor of Accounting & Finance

Protecting Your Identity and Common Scams

  • June 21, 2022
  • Bowden Building, Room 1 (120 Church St.)
  • Frank Higginbotham, financial crimes investigator for Escambia County Sheriff's Office; adjunct faculty member of Accounting & Finance

Becoming a 401K Millionaire

  • October 24, 2022
  • Building 76A, Room 101 
  • Greg Prescott, Department of Accounting & Finance Chair