Lilly Grant Will Improve Student Financial Health

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Candler School of Theology will use a new Lilly Endowment grant to implement a financial literacy curriculum.

Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded Candler School of Theology a $250,000 grant to develop a model curriculum for improving the financial literacy of its students. Candler will partner with faculty members from other Emory schools and with financial advisers to incorporate the new material into its current programs.

The grant will fund a three-year required curriculum for master of divinity students focusing on both personal and professional financial knowledge. Training in personal financial planning and debt management will be included in Candler’s Advising Groups for first- and third-year students. Second-year students will learn to handle finances in ministerial settings through the school’s experiential Contextual Education Program. In each year of study, students will meet with a financial adviser to tailor a plan based on their individual goals, resources, and responsibilities.

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