Partnership with Junior Achievement Announced


St. Louis, MO – Maryville University and Junior Achievement of Mississippi Valley, Inc. have announced a partnership to support the JA Finance Park program. Maryville will host a three-year storefront at the Junior Achievement Dennis & Judy Jones Free Enterprise Center in Chesterfield. The storefront will be a place where students obtain information about careers in higher education and learn how saving for education represents an integral part of many family budgets.

Up to 10,000 students and 400 classroom teachers and educators participate in JA Finance Park annually. The economic education program introduces the concepts of personal finance, decision making and career exploration to students in grades 8-12.

“Maryville University is pleased to partner with Junior Achievement in helping young people learn lifelong skills of personal finance,” said Vice President of Institutional Advancement Tom Eschen.  “Our ongoing presence in JA Finance Park will also allow participating students to come to know our University and the many fine programs we offer to students of all ages.”

For more information about JA Finance Park, visit Junior Achievement at or call 636.728.0707.

About Junior Achievement of Mississippi Valley, Inc.

Junior Achievement of Mississippi Valley (JAMVI) is a licensee of JA Worldwide, the largest and fastest growing provider of economic education for youth. Founded in 1943, JAMVI has become the fifth largest JA Worldwide office in the United States. The local operation encompasses 26 counties in Missouri and 18 counties in southern Illinois. More than 131,000 students in more than 700 schools in all grades participated in JA programs during 2009-2010. Programs are offered in parochial, private and public schools and education centers in and around St. Louis with satellite operations in outlying areas. A professional staff of 37 employees and a dedicated volunteer board of 60 members representing prominent St. Louis businesses govern Junior Achievement of Mississippi Valley, Inc.

About Maryville University
Founded in 1872, Maryville University is a four-year, private university located in west St. Louis County. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges in the Masters-Midwest category, Maryville University students may choose from 50 academic programs, including degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. Among recent graduates, 82 percent are employed or attending graduate school. More than 16,000 Maryville alumni work and live in the St. Louis region.