9 Financial Education Scholarships and Competitions that Students Can Apply for Right Now

Sharpen your financial skills and win tuition money in one go.

Summer is a time for new opportunities. Students leave the classroom for camps, summer jobs, and other enriching experiences.

One opportunity that students definitely shouldn’t miss? A chance to boost their financial knowledge and land tuition money—all at the same time.

Financial literacy scholarships and competitions offer double benefit, and there are many that students can apply for over the summer months. Here are nine that are open to a range of ages—from middle schoolers to grad students.

Scholarships

1. AdvancePoint Capital’s Financial Literacy Scholarship

Award: $1,000
Deadline: August 1, 2019
How to Apply: Submit an essay here
Eligibility: Undergraduate

The AdvancePoint Capital scholarship challenges students to take control of their finances—to apply, students submit an essay that details how they plan to manage their debt. Think: impending student loans.

2. BankMobile Foundation Annual Financial Empowerment Scholarship

Award: $1,500
Deadline: July 19, 2010
How to Apply: Submit an application here
Eligibility: Undergraduate, Graduate

The BankMobile Foundation scholarship was created to reward students who demonstrate commitment to financial empowerment. A recipient is selected once a year, with applicants judged based on their essay submission.

3. Credit Sesame Financial Literacy Scholarship

Award: $2,500
Deadline: October 30, 2019
How to Apply: Submit an application here
Eligibility: Undergraduate, Graduate

Credit Sesame’s scholarship is awarded to students who have taken control of their finances. To apply, students submit an essay that discusses their inspiration for financial health and the areas of money management they wish to improve.

4. OppU Achievers Scholarship

Award: $2,500
Deadline: June 30, September 30, December 31, and March 31
How to Apply: Submit an essay here
Eligibility: High School Seniors, Undergraduate, Graduate

In its mission to promote financial literacy, OppU offers free personal finance lessons and tools. It also awards the $2,500 OppU Achievers Scholarship four times a year. To apply, students submit an essay that details their achievements and the ways they’ve created opportunity for themselves and others.

5. PNC Education Loan Center Achiever Scholarship

Award: $2,000
Deadline: June 1 and December 1
How to Apply: Register here
Eligibility: Undergraduate

To apply for the PNC Education Loan Center Achiever Scholarship, students create an account that provides access to PNC’s personal finance access tools. That’s it!

6. U.S. Bank Student Union Scholarship

Award: $20,000
Deadline: October 30, 2019
How to Apply: Register here
Eligibility: Undergraduate

The more students learn, the more they’re rewarded. That’s the premise behind the U.S. Bank Student Union Scholarship, which offers increasing award levels as students complete financial literacy lessons.

  • Three lessons: up to $5,000
  • Six lessons: up to $10,000
  • Nine lessons: up to $20,000

Competitions

1. SIFMA Foundation’s Stock Market Game

Award: Various awards and prizes
Deadline: Annually
How to Apply: Register here
Eligibility: Elementary, Middle, High School

The SIFMA Foundation is an educational non-profit that is dedicated to fostering knowledge of financial markets. As part of its mission, it hosts the Stock Market Game, which is an online simulation of the global capital markets for students in grades 4-12. The game allows students to manage hypothetical investment portfolios.

2. SIFMA Foundation’s InvestWrite

Award: Various awards and prizes—laptops, trips, and pizza parties
Deadline: Annually
How to Apply: Register here
Eligibility: Elementary, Middle, High School

Created as a culminating activity for the Stock Market Game, InvestWrite is a national essay competition. InvestWrite is offered exclusively to teachers and students participating in the Stock Market Game.

3. SIFMA Foundation’s Capitol Hill Challenge

Award: Trip to Washington, D.C.
Deadline: Annually
How to Apply: Read the rules here
Eligibility: Middle, High School

The annual Capitol Hill Challenge™ (CHC), is presented by the Charles Schwab Foundation for SIFMA. The Capitol Hill Challenge gets public middle and high school students to participate in a special edition of the Stock Market Game for the chance to win a trip to Washington, D.C.

Bottom Line

Want to earn money, prizes, and awards for your financial knowledge? Check out these financially focused scholarships and competitions!


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