Arnold high school senior Elena Itameri has been named the winner of the Raymond James & Associates Economic Freedom Scholarship which will provide $500 for college expenses during her freshman year in college.
Itameri competed in an essay contest that was open to other seniors throughout Bay County. The contest required students to discuss the relationship between developing personal economic responsibility and creating a strong, diverse national economy. “It is important for young people to develop an understanding of economics,” says Todd Thompson, Vice-president of Investments for Raymond James. Thompson created this program to shine a spotlight on the importance of economics education for young people. “I think Itameri has a firm grasp of the power of the individual ‘s economic decisions.”