Meet Kimberly Pryor, 17, this year’s Bonus Bills Grand Prize Winner!

Kimberly Pryor, 17, loves kids. As the recent grand prize winner of Advia’s Bonus Bills, a savings account specifically designed to encourage and reward teen savers, Kimberly is the proud owner of new laptop, a prize she plans to use in working toward her goal to one day have a career teaching and mentoring children with special needs.

Advia Credit Union’s Bonus Bills’ account helps encourage sound financial decisions by weighting the prize drawings toward Members with higher account balances.  Every $25 net increase to a teen’s monthly balance gets him or her an entry for a monthly gift card drawing and goes toward the grand prize at the end of the year. In addition to the prize incentives, teens also win by building up their savings accounts and learning how to incorporate saving into their lives.

Kimberly is a junior student at Covenant Christian High School in Grand Rapids and appears to be on the right track to learning and practicing smart money management skills. But for many of today’s young adults, the weakest link lies in learning the basics. According to a 2014 survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Junior Achievement USA (2014 Teens and Personal Finance Survey), 40% of teens do not have a savings account, checking account, or debit or credit card, and 59% of teens do not have money management classes offered at their schools.

Mother Skeptical of Prize

Upon drawing Kimberly’s name as the grand prize winner, the Marketing Department called her mother, Gwen, to arrange a time for her to bring her daughter in so they could surprise her with the laptop. However, Gwen was skeptical when she received the news and called the Marketing Department back to verify that her daughter was indeed the winner. Once she was reassured that it was not a gimmick, it wasn’t long before she began making plans to bring Kimberly in to receive the prize. A week later, mom, dad, and grandmother were on hand to be a part of the presentation and celebration at Advia Credit Union’s West Main Branch, Kalamazoo.

“The laptop will be put to good use with my school work,” says Kimberly who was all smiles  upon receiving the laptop. “I think it’s very important to start saving for college as soon as you can.”

Gwen says that the Pryor family has a long history with Advia Credit Union. Gwen joined Advia (formerly First Community Federal Credit Union) in 1982 as a loan officer and met her husband Dave in 1987 when he joined the credit union as a teller and eventually as an assistant branch manager. This summer the couple will celebrate their 27th wedding anniversary! And she says, while they both moved on in their careers, they are long time members of Advia and take full advantage of its products and programs.

The Bonus Bills Program is continuing this year and Advia Credit Union looks forward to rewarding more teens for saving their money.