Kansas Securities Commissioner Josh Ney announced the opening of the 2015 Financial Scholars Video Contest last week, which will run through April 21.
He said his office is looking for original persuasive, TED-talk style video essays conveying the value of financial literacy. Students participating in the winning entry will each receive an iPad mini. The teacher of the winning entry will receive an iPad mini as well.  The contest will be held in coordination with Financial Literacy Month in April.
Students who are working toward or who have received EverFi Financial Literacy Certification through participation in the Kansas Financial Scholars Program are invited to produce a 3-5 minute video which clearly and factually conveys the value of financial education. Students must incorporate at least one of the following as a starting point, centerpiece or final point of their speech:
– Explain why financial education is important to the future of our state and nation.
– Describe a problem that could be or is being solved through financial literacy.
– Incorporate a quote about money or finances into your speech. Explain why you agree or disagree with the author of the quote.
– Describe best practices or innovative ways of teaching financial literacy.
– Discuss barriers to becoming financially literate and how they can be overcome.
All submissions must be sent by the deadline of 3:30 p.m. on April 21, 2015. Full contest rules can be found at: http://ksc.ks.gov/VideoContest.
High School seniors who participate in the program or completed it in the past are also invited to compete in the Securities Commissioner’s new essay contest. Five scholarships ranging from $500 to $2500 will be awarded to high school seniors who win the essay contest, where students are asked to write a 3-4 page essay profiling an individual whose personal financial habits impacted their life or the lives of others. More details about the essay contest can be found at: www.ksc.ks.gov/EssayContest.
Questions about either contest or participation in the Kansas Financial Scholars Program can be directed to Shannon Stone, Director of Investor Education at Shannon.Stone@ksc.ks.gov or by phone at (913)652.9164.