Crofton Cares is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2022-2023 Scholarship program is Toluwanimi Ajani. Toluwanimi is attending New York University where she is pursuing a business major with a concentration in Finance and Computer Science. Her personal experience in watching her Nigerian immigrant parents come to America and struggle to navigate a totally different financial system has made her aware of the need to teach financial literacy to the underserved groups in America, including immigrant families and low-income families. Her goal is to empower families like hers with greater financial literacy through educational initiatives and the use of financial technology (FinTech).

“I would like to develop applications and websites to gamify financial education to make learning finance fun for children and teens. I also want to work with organizations that pioneer financial inclusion. I aim to help develop impact investment platforms through which investors can contribute towards crowdfunded microloans to underserved communities and minority-owned businesses. The Crofton Cares scholarship will not just help me pay for college, it will help me embark upon the road to professional and academic success.”
~ Toluwanimi Ajani

The Crofton Cares Scholarship is awarded to one student, annually. The scholarship is a renewable, merit-based scholarship of up to $25,000/year and will cover tuition and fees, room and board, and books for up to four years (8 semesters). The actual award amount will be adjusted for other scholarships the student receives. Funds can be applied toward a two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational/technical school. Eligible students must reside in either the Tampa (FL) Metropolitan Area or Cleveland (OH) Metropolitan Area, have a minimum, unweighted high school GPA of 3.5 and a minimum 1280 SAT (or 28 ACT), and demonstrate financial need.