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Are You Financially Smarter than an 11th Grader?

April 08, 2014


A kick-off event to announce this public-private partnership aimed to boost financial capability for Minnesota students and adults will be presented to community, business, and education leaders through demonstrations and a visual game show event. 

Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman and TCF Bank Vice Chairman Tom Jasper will face off with a group of local high school students to test their financial knowledge.

Responding to the need to bolster financial literacy, the new TCF Bank Financial Learning Center offers a non-commercial online curriculum for adults to gain a firm understanding of money management. The program is free during the month of April, which is nationally recognized as Financial Capability Month. The online curriculum was developed by EverFi, a leading education company. 

The event also celebrates the milestone of 2,000 Minnesota students participating in the teacher-led TCF Bank Financial Scholars program and announces a new Facebook quiz to “find your financial animal” based on spending and savings habits. TCF Bank’s goal is to boost the “Financial IQ” of 2 million Americans in three years with this program.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014 

  • Noon – Luncheon (media please email/call the media contact below to register for the lunch)
  • 12:30 p.m. – Program


Radisson Plaza Hotel
Scandinavian Ballroom on the 3rd Floor
35 South 7th Street
Minneapolis, MN


  • Area students going head-to-head with Commissioner Rothman and Tom Jasper of TCF Bank in Are You Financially Smarter than an 11th Grader?, an interactive financial literacy game show
  • Demonstration of the financial literacy online curriculum by recent student graduates of the program from Eden Prairie High School
  • Mike Rothman, Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner
  • Jim Eisenreich, President of Minnesota Jump$tart; Eden Prairie high school teacher; TCF Bank Financial Scholars instructor
  • Tom Jasper, Vice Chairman, Funding of TCF Bank
  • Sean Fitzgerald, Executive Vice President of Midwest Operations, EverFi



Tracy Carlson, for TCF Bank

612-455-1717 (office); 612-232-6578 (cell);

Anne O’Connor, Communication Director, Minnesota Department of Commerce

651- 539-1463 (office); 651-587-7185 (cell);