High Rise Financial offers pre-settlement funding to accident victims in need of financial support. We understand how complex financial matters can look from the outside and want our clients to have the tools they need to stay ahead of undue economic stress.
By coaxing the next generation to think carefully about financial management, we hope to encourage good habits that can put students in control of their futures. That’s why the team offers its Financial Education PSA Scholarship to undergraduate and graduate students throughout the United States.
This year, the $1,500 award goes to Kailani Talag of West Coast University. Talag intends to graduate from West Coast University with a Bachelor’s in Nursing in June 2024.
Finding the Fun in Financial Education
Talag introduces her essay with an aplomb atypical for a conversation about financial wellness, nailing the enthusiastic tone that the scholarship selection committee wanted to see. Her vivacious approach frames the essay not as a lecture but rather as a shared conversation about the benefits of financial literacy and its best practices.
“Financial literacy isn’t about memorizing complex equations or reading endless financial textbooks,” she tells the reader. “It’s about embracing a mindset shift and adopting healthy money habits that stick.”
Talag maintains this cheerful tone throughout her essay, keeping each piece of advice light. That tone doesn’t beget the value of the advice Talag shares, either. For all of her puns (“debt ready” particularly stands out), her conversations about budgeting, debt control, and interest rates stand as real stepping stones to help the average person better manage their finances.
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Talag Tackles a New Financial Future
As a college senior, Talag stands on the precipice of a new economic world. Finances have changed drastically over the past two decades. Today, inflation and student debt make it challenging for anyone between 25 and 45 to stay more than a step or two ahead of their financial stress.
Talag stands apart from the rest, though, in appearing more than ready to tackle the challenges of this new financial world. She highlights financial wellness as “a gateway to personal empowerment,” emphasizing that control of one’s finances makes it easier to pursue one’s dreams.
Talag’s emphasis on controlled spending and “giving our money a purpose” highlights how personal diligence makes for a healthier bank account. She also breaks down more challenging concepts like compound interest, offering readers avenues toward passive income generation as they save.
Creating Resources for the Next Generation
Debt can plague today’s students for decades after they graduate from college. Talag recognizes the threat debt can pose to the average person’s finances but still encourages students not to be afraid of the threat. She takes a multi-point approach to the question of debt repayment, encouraging students to:
- Prioritize high-interest debt
- Create a repayment plan
- Avoid additional unnecessary debt
She also notes that no one can learn everything they need to know about financial management overnight. Talag emphasizes that the continual pursuit of financial knowledge can make it easier to keep financial management both easy and exciting.
Getting to Know Kailani Talag
Talag sits in a unique position generationally. Her peers make up the tail-end of the millennial generation as well as Gen Z and Gen Alpha. These generations have seen unprecedented economic fluctuations over the past two decades, overcoming two recessions on top of the financial mayhem caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Talag recognizes the impact these events have had on her peers’ thoughts about finances. She notes that more and more of her peers want to retire early but don’t have the financial know-how to achieve financial stability.
She sought out a financial education on her own, as a result, and now wants to “bridge the knowledge gap” by providing her peers with the information they need to achieve their goals.
Keep an Eye Out for This Future Nurse
When she’s not taking steps to protect her financial future, Talag volunteers with an equestrian therapy center for disabled children as a sidewalker. She came to this position after working with disabled adults during the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Her volunteer efforts complement her pursuit of her Bachelor’s in Nursing. When she applied for High Rise Legal Funding’s Financial PSA Scholarship, she was in the process of wrapping up her critical care term.
Talag hopes to take a gap year between completing her degree and pursuing her nursing career. After graduation, she plans to visit several national parks before applying for a position in an Intensive Care Unit. She hopes, one day, to become a Charge Nurse in the ICU and a Nurse Educator.
About High Rise Legal Funding’s Financial PSA Scholarship
Students looking to apply for High Rise Legal Funding’s Financial PSA Scholarship must submit a PSA of no more than 500 words to the team’s scholarship selection committee. This PSA should go into detail about the student’s choice of financial literacy topic, ranging from debt management to the process of choosing a savings account.
High Rise Legal Funding emphasizes that PSAs are meant to capture the audience’s attention and impart wisdom about their topic. Students have to find unique ways to overcome finance’s “dull” reputation to better connect with their readers.
Students must also submit proof of attendance at a United States university as well as a copy of relevant transcripts to qualify for this award. The scholarship selection committee reserves up to three months to select a winner from its applicant pool.
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Students Can Apply for the Financial PSA Scholarship Ahead of the 24/25 Academic Year
The team with High Rise Legal Funding once again congratulates scholarship winner Kailani Talag. Talag’s financial know-how and dedication to her education inspired the team. We wish Talag the best of luck as she continues to pursue her academic goals and hope that this financial reward can relieve some of her stress in the year to come.
High Rise Legal Funding encourages undergraduate and graduate students in need of financial aid to apply for its Financial Education PSA Scholarship ahead of the 2024/2025 academic year. Students have until June 15th, 2024, to bring together their application materials.