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Money Smart Kids Essay Contest is Now Accepting Applications!

The annual Money Smart Kid Essay Contest is a creative opportunity for young students to increase their financial awareness and develop and apply their money management skills. All sixth- through eighth-grade students in the St. Louis metropolitan area are encouraged to submit an essay of 500 words or less answering the annual contest question. The 2022 Money Smart Kids Essay Question is: What is generational wealth? Why is generational wealth important to the future of you and your family? How do you go about establishing it? Click on the button below to download the essay contest application and instructions. CONTEST DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL APRIL 30TH

Download Kids Essay Contest Application Here

2021 Winners:

Three winners were selected by a panel of volunteer judges to receive scholarships of $2,000, $1,000, and $500. Though we were not able to present the awards in person this year, we are happy to congratulate them here!

First Place Winner: 
Norriah Holder – 6th grader
LaSalle Springs Middle School
St. Louis, MO

Second Place Winner:
Sivani Vasireddy – 8th grader
Fort Zumwalt South Middle School
St. Peters, MO

Third Place Winner:
Shravanya Shrinivas – 6th grader
Lakeview Elementary
Lake St. Louis, MO

In addition, essay contest winners were able to identify nonprofit agencies to receive a donation on behalf of the students. Additional winners include: Sistakeeper Empowerment Center, Central Institute for the Deaf and Lakeview Elementary.

2020 Winners:

Three winners were selected by a panel of volunteer judges to receive scholarships of $2,000, $1,000, and $500. Though we were not able to present the awards in person this year, we are happy to congratulate them here!

First Place Winner: 
Anthony Holmes – Florissant, MO

Second Place Winner:
Sophia Lundry – Chesterfield, MO

Third Place Winner:
Blake Schaper – Alton, IL

Essay contest winners were also able to identify local nonprofits to receive a donation on behalf of the students. Nonprofits selected were Affinia Healthcare Foundation (selected by Holmes), Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri (selected by Lundry) and the 5 A’s Animal Shelter in Alton (selected by Schaper).