March 29 deadline for Money Smart Kid Essay Contest

Sixth through eighth grade students in the St. Louis area have until Friday, March 29 to compete for up to $2,000 in scholarships in the Money Smart Kid Essay Contest.

Students must demonstrate their knowledge of good money management skills by submitting an essay in 500 words or less that explains income volatility, describing why a family may experience income volatility and how they can prepare for it.

To enter the contest, students must be in grades sixth through eighth in a school in one of the following counties: Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair in Illinois; Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Louis, Warren and Washington and the City of St. Louis in Missouri.

Three winners will be selected to receive scholarships, including a grand prize of $2,000; the second-place winner will receive $1,000, and a third-place finalist will receive $500.

The contest is hosted by the Greater St. Louis Financial Education Collaborative and Money Smart Committee, in partnership with United Way of Greater St. Louis.

Essay submissions are due Friday, March 29 by 5 p.m. The full application and contest guidelines are available at Applications and essays can be submitted via email to, faxed to 314-539-4234, Attn: Money Smart Kid Essay Contest, or mailed to Money Smart Kid Essay Contest, 8764 Manchester, Suite 203, St. Louis, MO 63144.

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