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June 8, 2023
Grow Supports Hillsborough County’s 2023 Academy of Finance Graduates
As an organization passionate about preparing the next generation with the financial skills and tools they need for a successful future, we were thrilled to support Hillsborough County’s 2023 Academy of Finance and Entrepreneurship graduates and celebrate them at the annual recognition breakfast.
About the Academy of Finance and Entrepreneurship
Students can join the Academy of Finance and Entrepreneurship (AOFE) starting freshman year, and each school year, they take a different course to cover several areas of business and finance. The curriculum includes topics like banking, credit, financial planning, global finance, securities, insurance, accounting and economics, so completing this additional coursework is no small feat. This year, 25 students from three Hillsborough County Public high schools — Jefferson High School, Armwood High School and Brandon High School — were celebrated for completing the program. Multiple students were awarded scholarships by the William Gregory Foundation, including Boglarka Csandi, a senior from Brandon High School who was awarded a $20,000 scholarship. After four years of diligence and hard work, Csanadi expressed her sincere thanks to the Gregory Foundation, saying, “I’m very, very happy and grateful for this opportunity.”
Addison Davis, Hillsborough County Superintendent, spoke of the impact that financial education brings for these students. “It’s so important to train our students to be able to transition to the real world because these are skills they’ll always need as they move forward to be able to seek any number of careers under the financial pathway.”
Our Own AOFE Graduates
We can’t overstate the importance of this program, and others like it, when it comes to impacting young people and their future paths. Grow is lucky to employ graduates of the program, including Paola Woodruff, AVP of Financial Operations, and Ja’Mia Canadiate, Relationship Specialist III. Canadiate said, “There are so many career paths you can go down, and AOFE gives you that opportunity to explore which career in banking will best fit your future goals. Personally, being in the program helped me find ‘what I wanted to be when I grew up,’ through many internship and learning opportunities in high school.”
Woodruff couldn’t help but reflect on her own journey as she attended the event in support of this year’s graduates. “This means a lot to me, as I once was in their shoes as a student and wouldn’t be where I am today without the AOFE board members of my time. It was through the AOFE board that I came to know and love Grow.” After embarking on her own financial services career, she continued to support the AOFE program, serving at various times as Chair, Vice Chair and board member. Woodruff shared, “Attending the breakfast is exciting and very emotional, as I now sit alongside individuals that paved the path for me. It’s an honor to join hands with them in doing the same for others. Seeing these bright students go out into the world gives me hope. It also reminds me of where I started and rekindles my desire to propel forward.”
We wish all the graduates of the Academy of Finance and Entrepreneurship the very best in all their future endeavors! We hope you’ll consider a career at Grow when you’re ready to take your next step into the workforce.
To learn more about the program, visit naf.org.
How to Find Your Routing & Account Numbers
When you make a payment online, by phone or on a mobile device, you may be asked for our routing number and your checking account number. Credit unions and banks use these numbers to identify accounts and make sure money gets where it’s supposed to be. You’ll also need to provide your routing and checking account numbers for:
- Direct deposits
- Electronic checks
- Military allotments
- Wire transfers
Where to Find Your Routing & Checking Account Numbers
Your personal checks include both our routing number and your account number, as shown on the Grow check example below.
Don’t have a Grow check? No worries.
Visit any Grow store and ask for a Direct Deposit Form. It lists both your routing number and checking account number.
Making a Loan Payment
When it comes to making payments, we try to make it as painless as possible to pay your loan every month. We have several different ways to pay, including convenient online options.
You have two ways to pay online by transferring funds from another bank or credit union.
- Grow Online Banking (Preferred payment method for any loan)
This is the simplest way to pay your loan. You can make one-time payments or set up automatic recurring payments in Grow Online Banking. Once you log in, select “Transfer/Payments” from the menu. If you’re not enrolled in Grow Online Banking yet, you can set up your account in just a few minutes.
- Debit Card or ACH (Available for auto, personal loans and HELOCs)
Note: ACH and debit card payments are not available for credit cards or most mortgages, except HELOCs.
We accept ACH payments with no additional fees or Mastercard® and Visa® debit cards with a convenience fee of $4.95. To get started with an online ACH or debit card payment, select Pay Now below.
Pay by Mail
You can also pay any Grow loan by check through the mail. Please remember to include your account number and Grow loan number on the check. (For credit card payments, please do not write your 16-digit credit card number on the check, which can cause a delay in processing the payment.)
Address for auto, credit card, personal loan and HELOC payments:
Grow Financial Federal Credit Union
P.O. Box 75466
Chicago, IL 60675-5466
Address for personal first or second mortgages and home equity payments:
Grow Financial Federal Credit Union
P.O. Box 11733
Newark, NJ 07101-4733