State agencies announce 4th annual Scholarship Essay Contest

Submitted by Glenda Haverkamp

Three state agencies are partnering to award scholarships to Kansas high school seniors.

Kansas Securities Commissioner John Wine, State Bank Commissioner Miki Bowman, and Kansas Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer announced the opening of the 2018 Kansas Financial Scholars Essay Scholarship Contest. The contest runs from Jan. 8 through March 27.

Students participating in the contest will have the opportunity to win one of nine possible awards ranging from $250 to $2,500. The teachers of participating students are eligible to win gift cards ranging from $100 to $150.

Students who choose to participate in the competition will be asked to write a two-part essay. Part One requires students to select one of two financial challenges and write a one- to two-page essay on the chosen topic. In Part Two, students will analyze and detail the financial decisions they are making now in preparation for their future.

To be eligible, students must be in their senior year and attending a Kansas public or private school or home school. They must plan to attend a Kansas technical school, college or university after high school graduation.

Lastly, students are required to participate in at least one of the following agency-sponsored programs: EverFi/Kansas Financial Scholars Program, The Stock Market Game or the Personal Finance Challenge. Teachers, parents or students may inquire with the Director of Investor Education at or 785-296-1055 to sign up today for one of the complimentary prerequisite programs.

Complete contest rules can be found at


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