For the 2015/2016 Honors in Action project, Financial Literacy on Our Campus, we discovered some surprising information. Our research component led us to understand that a vast number of individuals do not truly understand debt, saving, investing, or healthy spending habits.
The members of Beta Delta Iota chapter conducted a peer survey on our campus, and our results were amazing. Many students indicated that they were familiar with budgeting and spending habits, but that they did not understand retirement savings and 401(k) investment! Not only that, but they were interested in knowing more about it.
With the help of the library staff, the team managed to find a variety of books that highlighted our overall theme, as well as many that detailed the importance of retirement savings and explained the IRA/401(k) system of saving. These books were then displayed in the library, where students had the opportunity to check them out to their own benefit.
This research project won an Award of Merit at the Texas Regional level of Phi Theta Kappa, making it one of the top 30 projects in the state!
The 2015/2016 College Project was a mentoring program aimed at encouraging first-generation college students to pursue their goal of receiving a higher education. This project targeted 9th grade students at an area high school with low transition rates from high school to college.
Through a series of meetings on both their campus and ours, Beta Delta Iota challenged these students to understand their own innate leadership styles, encourage their participation in their own high school experience, and to give them some insight into what a typical college admissions department looks for when they are examining a application.
Surprisingly, some of the greatest impact of this project occurred on our own campus. The level of enthusiasm and support from members of the faculty, staff, and administration evolved into a larger conversation about encouraging students to consider college earlier, and how to best help students that have no precedent with which to compare their experiences and concerns.
This college project won a Project of Distinction Award at the Regional and international level, making it one of the top 30 projects internationally!
Jack Kent Cook
Holly Young - Semifinalist