September 26, 2018

State Treasurer Curtis Loftis Recognizes Tia Brenning of Hilton Head Middle as Educator of the Month

South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis recognized Tia Brenning of Hilton Head Middle School as the Future Scholar Financial Literacy Program Educator of the Month.

Ms. Brenning, a computer science teacher entering her fourth year at the middle school, uses the Future Scholar Financial Literacy Program with her sixth grade students to make them aware of how to save and invest their money. The Program’s web-based curriculum, powered by EverFi, engages students to make learning financial skills interesting and fun.

“I enjoy teaching financial literacy because it gives my students a better appreciation of how much things cost in daily life,” Brenning said. “I love how this website allows them to see real-world examples and stresses the importance of planning and saving for their futures.”

The Future Scholar Financial Literacy Program is offered to elementary and middle schools across the state at no cost to taxpayers. The web-based financial management course focuses on skill building, budgeting and decision-making.

“Financial literacy is an essential tool for economic success, and we are grateful for instructors like Ms. Brenning who teach these skills,” Treasurer Loftis said. “Because our financial system has grown increasingly complex, it is more important than ever for our students to begin now to learn how to make sound financial decisions.” 

Approximately 27,000 South Carolina students at 238 schools have participated in the Future Scholar Financial Literacy Program since it was launched in 2015.

For more information about the Future Scholar Financial Literacy Program, visit

About Future Scholar
Future Scholar, South Carolina’s 529 College Savings Plan, is administered through the State Treasurer’s Office. For more information, visit or follow @SCStateTreasurer on Facebook. No state funds are used to market Future Scholar or the Future Scholar Financial Literacy Program.