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Fifth Third Foundation awards $50,000 grant to Earn to Learn FL

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FORT MYERS, Fla. - eTradeWire -- Earn to Learn FL, a matched-savings financial assistance program, has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Fifth Third Foundation to further empower low-to-moderate income students through financial education, asset building and workforce development.

The generous grant will allow Earn to Learn FL to expand programs that offer personalized financial capability training, success coaching and financial assistance to students across Florida. Earn to Learn FL's ultimate goal is for students to earn a college degree or postsecondary credential with minimal to no debt.

"We are honored to support Earn to Learn FL to further empower low-to-moderate income students through financial education, asset building and workforce development." said John Slavik, South Florida Retail Executive & Senior Vice President, Fifth Third Bank. "We have a long legacy at Fifth Third Bank of supporting our local communities with missions similar to Earn to Learn FL".

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Through the Fifth Third Foundation grant, Earn to Learn FL will designate resources for three primary initiatives:

·         Make students aware of career paths to help them achieve their life goals: Funding pays for software programs, technology, coaching support and staff training.

·         Demonstrate age-appropriate academic, financial and social maturity skills for college and career readiness: Funding helps establish programs to help students expand their "soft" skills and attend professional networking events.

·         Connect students to financial and social resources: Funding helps develop an AmeriCorps "near peer" program, expand success coaching and enhance communications and marketing.

"We are incredibly thankful for support from the Fifth Third Foundation, as well as our other corporate and foundation partners," said Brenda Tate, CEO of Earn to Learn FL. "With their assistance, we're able to help additional Florida students pursue their dream of completing a postsecondary education, and graduate with little or no debt."

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Fifth Third Bank established the Fifth Third Foundation in 1948, making it the first financial institution in the U.S. to create a charitable foundation. Today, the foundation supports a variety of causes, from education to the arts and from basic-needs organizations like shelters and counseling centers to environmental projects and animal rescue. In 2018, the Fifth Third Foundation awarded $11.7 million in grants.

For more information, please visit EarnToLearnFL.org or email Brenda Tate at Brenda@EarnToLearnFL.org.

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