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Banking Bingo at UH: Empowering Students Through Financial Education and Fun

Welcome to the Cougar Cupboard, where financial education meets bingo excitement. In this blog post, learn more about the successful partnership between TDECU and the University of Houston’s food pantry, the Cougar Cupboard. 

Banking Bingo at UH: Empowering Students Through Financial Education and Fun

Discover how this collaboration created an engaging event that not only filled students’ pantries but also empowered them with essential financial knowledge.

The Event: A Fusion of Learning and Fun

The event at Cougar Cupboard was a unique fusion of financial education and bingo fun. TDECU’s Financial Wellness Program Manager, Chris Soriano, conducted an insightful workshop on credit and budgeting, while the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Hugo Lagarda hosted an exciting bingo game. Students had the chance to win kitchen appliances, TDECU merchandise, and even tickets to the UH vs UT football game.

Empowering Through Education

Financial Literacy is the key to making informed decisions. During the workshop, students learned valuable lessons about credit management and budgeting.

  1. Understanding Credit Management:
    Students gained insights into managing their credit responsibly, paving the way for a secure financial future.
  2. Mastering Budgeting Skills:
    Budgeting techniques were shared, helping students learn to manage their finances effectively, even on a tight budget.

Fun with Bingo and Prizes

Bingo added a layer of excitement to the event, making learning fun and engaging for the students.
Bingo prizes galore: Students won a variety of prizes, including small kitchen appliances, TDECU swag, and coveted tickets to the UH vs UT football game, enhancing their overall event experience.

The Impact: Building Financial Confidence

The event’s impact was substantial, transforming students’ perspectives on financial management.

  1. Increased Financial Confidence: A post-event survey revealed that a significant boost in students’ confidence regarding managing their money. From 65%, the confidence level soared to 89% after the event, showcasing the event’s effectiveness.
  2. Understanding Credit Better: 22% more students felt confident managing their credit, indicating a clear understanding of credit management principles post-event.
  3. Credit Score Awareness: 23% more students grasped the factors affecting credit scores, empowering them to make informed financial decisions.

About Cougar Cupboard: Combating Food Insecurity

The Cougar Cupboard plays a vital role in addressing food insecurity among university students.

Accessible Food Support: The Cougar Cupboard provides a safe, accessible students for students to access up to 30 pounds of groceries weekly, ensuring they have enough to eat.

Partnership Impact: Through partnerships with organizations like the Houston Food Bank, the Cougar Cupboard strengthens its ability to provide diverse, nutritious food options to students in need.

Empowering Future Leaders

The Banking Bingo event at UH, a collaboration between TDECU and the Cougar Cupboard, stands as a testament to the power of combining education and entertainment. By addressing both financial literacy and food insecurity, this event not only filled stomachs but also nourished minds. Together, we are empowering the next generation of leaders with the knowledge and confidence they need to succeed.