University of North Carolina Wilmington
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Swain Center: Executive Education and Economic Development

Horatio Alger Scholarship Program:
Personal Finance Part II

Fully Online

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Next Offering: August 2020

Financial literacy will not only allow you to understand your current personal finances, but can also help you control, invest, and protect your future finances. Apply now to take this fully online 1-credit course in Personal Finance. 

(Please note this course is only open to Horatio Alger (HA) Scholarship Recipients. It is not open to UNCW students.)

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How to Apply

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Course fee paid by Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. The course is tailored to HA scholarship students; students must pass the course or else are responsible for the course fee.

Course fee includes:

  • Access to online course materials
  • Admission fee waiver
  • UNCW transcript for home institution for transfer credit. 

Fully Online

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This course is a one credit hour introduction to personal finance. The course is not designed for finance or economics majors and is intended for a broad audience. The course considers principle ideas in personal finance such as compound interest, budgets, the importance of goals, credit cards and scores, and getting out of debt. The course will also introduce the basic concepts of saving and investing, buying a new car or home, Insurance, and career planning. The objective is give you a foundation for future growth and a basic familiarity with the terminology of personal finance.

This course is designed specifically for  Horatio Alger Scholarship Recipients. UNCW students are not eligible to take this course.


Eligible applicants:

  • must be current Horatio Alger Scholarship Recipients

The course is designed to work through modules composed of individual lessons. Each lesson contains:

  • Podcast & Video Assignments
  • Material Walkthroughs
  • Module Quizzes
  • Exam 1 & 2
  • Forum Participation

"Over the course of a 40 year career, a typical household will earn over $2 million, our job as educators is to help them understand how to get the most enjoyment out of their earnings. With some planning, a basic financial skillset, and the advantage of time, anyone can retire a millionaire."
-Dr. Adam Jones, Course Professor

"Dr. Jones is an exceptional teacher...he kept discussion interesting and meaningful and ensured that his students performed to the best of their abilities. Everything from the layout of the teaching material, to his system of tests, quizzes, and homework... were all very well organized throughout."
-former student

How do I login to Canvas?

  • Login to the course prior to the first day of class to confirm your access
  • Access the course through Canvas:
  • Username: Use the UNCW email address (without the extension provided in your Admissions Acceptance Letter
  • Password: Default is your birthdate format MONTHDAYYEAR; EXAMPLE 07081980 is July 8, 1980
  • Once logged into Canvas, choose the Courses icon then click on your course
  • If you have trouble logging in contact the Technology Assistance Center at 910-962-4357 or visit their webpage at

How do I view my e-bill?

  1. Visit the Student Accounts website:
  2. Login to E-bill with your UNCW ID number and PIN (provided in your Admissions letter)
  3. E-bill Tutorial:

How much work is involved?

  • It is a one-credit course but it is designed to be doable in between semesters. 
  • You will need to devote about 15-20 hours each of the two weeks to the class.

Dr. Adam Jones

Dr. Adam Jones
Associate Professor of Economics

Dr. Jones is the Regional Economist in the Swain Center and Associate Professor of Economics in the Cameron School of Business. He is an accomplished researcher and economist and a teacher at heart. He is most proud of his teaching accomplishments and mentors students in the annual Fed Challenge competition, honors research projects, and through his work with the UNCW Cycling Club. He was recently recognized by the UNCW Honors College as the Faculty Mentor of the Year and has won the Discere Aude teaching award twice.

When away from the office Dr. Jones can usually be found on his bicycle or working with the UNCW Cycling Club to organize some misadventure. Dr. Jones is happily married and believes all his successes belong to his wife while his failures stem from ignoring her suggestions.

Dr. William Sackley

Dr. William Sackley
Professor of Finance

Dr. Sackley earned his Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1990 and has taught at UNCW since 1999. His teaching covers advanced undergraduate courses in investments and commercial bank management, as well as investment-related courses at the master’s level. In his Portfolio Design and Management course, students manage the $1.5 million Seahawk Investment Management equity fund. His research interests are broad-based and include environmental, societal, and governmental (ESG) investment concerns. He earned the designations of Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Financial Planner in 1996 and 2006, respectively. He remains active as a volunteer for many activities within the CFA Institute. Dr. Sackley has facilitated the GMAT Review Course at UNCW for approximately 10 years, and enjoys helping candidates to strengthen their quantitative skills.