Feb. 21, 2014 – Fort Valley State University alum Jasmine Danielle Bowers’ efforts to educate youths about financial literacy has resulted in her recent recognition by a national online magazine.
The 22-year-old, who was named to the 2014 Young Futurists list, was identified as one of the nation’s rising stars by The Root, an Internet news and opinion site that is published by the Slate Group.
The online publication honored 25 individuals from across the country, ages 16 to 22, “who are forging a path to future greatness.”
According to The Root, the honorees have distinguished themselves in the areas of social activism and justice, enterprise and corporate innovation, science and technology, green innovation and arts and culture. Additionally, the young adults had glowing recommendations from teachers, mentors, advisers, employers and associates.
Bowers was honored in the area of enterprise and corporate innovation for her efforts to teach financial literacy to her peers. The spring Class of 2013 graduate learned to manage her money better as an undergraduate student at FVSU, where she was pursuing a double major in mathematics and computer science.
After learning about financial literacy, Bowers began sharing her knowledge with young people seeking ways to pay back their student loans. Eventually, she became a regular speaker at the university’s annual iLead Collegiate Leadership Conference.
“Financial literacy is the key to success and financial freedom,” Bowers said. “Once you become educated, you are well on your way to living a wealthy life.”
“Jasmine is the full package: beauty, brains and power,” said Bower’s mentor Dr. Cheryl Swanier, an associate professor of computer science at FVSU. “She is the student that everyone would love to have in his or her classroom. I have nothing but great things to say about her. Jasmine is the epitome of the model student: she has initiative, drive and intelligence. She’s a go-getter and mover and shaker. She’s going to make it happen.”
Swanier, who still keeps in touch with Bowers, said she wished she could have an entire classroom of students like her former mentee.
“I am very proud of her,” she said. “I sometimes wish she had been my daughter.”
Bowers is currently attending graduate school at North Carolina A&T State University, where she is studying computer science. Bowers, who also plans to pursue her Ph.D., hopes to eventually develop a nonprofit to help high school and college students from underrepresented areas become financially literate.
Christina D. Milton, writer/social media specialist
Fort Valley State University
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