Spring 2015 Money Smart Workshop Winners

The day has finally arrived. Our Spring 2015 Money Smart Workshop Winners are…..(drumroll please)…..



Milagros and Michael both won, in part, because of the Bring-A-Buddy program which was introduced during the Spring 2015 semester. For every buddy you bring, you get an extra entry into the lottery for free tuition. The “buddies” that you bring, also get an entry into the lottery every time they attend.

Milagros first attended the Money Smart workshops after seeing some ads on the Student Activities Center website. She brought some friends with her, not knowing about the Bring-A-Buddy aspect, and was excited to learn she would get extra entries into the lottery.

Michael found our workshops after a friend asked him to come with her and be her buddy. After the first workshop, he decided to come to the other two topics on his own, hoping to learn some tips and tricks for saving more money. He had no idea that he’d end up being a winner.

Let’s learn a little bit about Michael and Milagros…

Milagros Spring 2015 Winner

Milagros De Leon Spring 2015 Workshop Winner

Milagros started at Stony Brook last year as a Sophomore transfer student. She is a Biology major on the pre-med track with a minor in English. She went to all three workshops because she really wanted to win the piggy bank at the door prize raffle, given away at every workshop. Milagros told us that she’s “learned a lot about how I can protect my identity, how to handle debts from school loans, and just simple things as savings. I’m amazed about the outstanding job Stony Brook Financial Aid is doing in order to ensure every Seawolf is Money Smart!”

Michael Spring 2015 Winner

Michael Lam Spring 2015 Workshop Winner

Michael is a Senior who is majoring in Psychology. He’s hoping to one day become a Clinical Psychologist. When he attended the Identity Theft workshop, he said it brought back memories of when his own identity was stolen. He said, “I couldn’t help but think if only I had known what to do in that situation; I could have prevented it. Workshops like these help to provide crucial information that will help you toward your financial success. More importantly, a better understanding of your student loans and your rights.”

They’ve both won the value of in-state tuition for the Fall 2015 Semester.

Want to know how you can be the next winner? It’s easy! Just sign up for a Fall 2015 workshop here, then attend the workshop and you’ve earned yourself one entry. Attend all three workshop topics and earn three entries. Bring-A-Buddy to a workshop and earn one extra entry for every friend you bring-no limit! Two lucky students will win the value of in-state tuition for the Spring 2016 semester.

Congratulations Milagros and Michael! You truly are a Money Smart Seawolf!

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