As part of his ongoing Your Money Matters initiative that provides financial education to all Floridians, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater is sponsoring the Florida Students $ave Essay Contest and seeking entries from Florida high school students grades 9-12.
First through third place winners will be selected in five contest regions – Northwest Florida, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa and South Florida – and cash prizes will be rewarded in the amounts of $250, $150 and $50. A regional map can be viewed here.
As part of the contest, students must write an essay that reflects what strategies they would recommend to ensure short-term and long-term financial goals are met. Students are required to choose from one of three scenarios to use as the main topic of the essay. Submissions must be made between October 1, 2012 and November 30, 2012 (by 11:59 pm EST) at www.myfloridacfo.com/YMM/Contest/EssayContest.aspx.
“The financial education of young people is critical to the long-term success of our nation,” said CFO Atwater. “It is vital that our future leaders and generations have the ability to manage their financial security. When we teach these values, we are protecting our great state and our country. That is the teaching of the Florida Students $ave Essay Contest.”
For contest rules and regulations, visit the Your Money Matter$ website at www.MyFloridaCFO.com/YMM or call Consumer Services toll-free at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (693-5236) or (850) 413-5886.