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FACS specialist receives national award
Rupured has been an active and contributing member of AFCPE for more than a decade, including serving as president of the organization in 2000. Previously he served as secretary, vice president, board member, and conference program chair.

Those nominating Rupured used words such as “visionary leader, role model, respected, creative, dependable, trusted advisor, innovative and gifted leader.” According to information provided by AFCPE, Rupured has served in leadership roles through his association with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and several editorial boards.

Rupured has helped procure funding and establish the Consumer Financial Literacy Program, a grant-funded project in more than 20 Georgia counties, to improve the economic well-being of individuals and families through financial literacy education. CFLP is funded by the Georgia Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs. The Consumer Financial Literacy Program consists of four main components to reach specific target audiences and the public with timely information related to the broad goal of improving economic well-being through financial literacy education.

He also helped establish a program called “Personal Financial Choices,” a three-hour workshop offered 12 times each month in the Atlanta area, as well as Newnan, Rome and Gainesville, for individuals in Chapter 13 bankruptcy. The program is a partnership with the Standing U.S. Chapter 13 Trustee, Northern District of Georgia; the Trustee Education Network; the Cooperative Extension Service; and the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences and is designed to combat the high rate of personal bankruptcies filed by Georgians, a figure that currently rests at 1 out of nearly 40 citizens.

(Denise Horton is a contracted writer for the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Office of Global Programs.)

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