April 30, 2015
Media Contact: Caley Love, Kansas Securities Commissioner - Director of Communications
State Agencies Announce 2015 Scholarship Contest Winners
Four out of five student winners traveled to Topeka today to get recognized by the governor and officials for their outstanding financial literacy essays.
TOPEKA, Kan., (Apr. 30, 2015) --- Kansas Securities Commissioner Josh Ney and Kansas State Bank Commissioner Deryl Schuster announced the winners of the 2015 Financial Scholars Essay Contest today in an awards ceremony held at the Kansas state capitol. The contest was jointly sponsored by the Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner (KSC) and the Office of the State Bank Commissioner (OSBC). A total of five scholarships, ranging from $500 to $2500, were awarded to Kansas high school seniors to help cover the cost of tuition at a Kansas school of higher education.
Students were asked to submit an essay profiling an individual whose personal financial decisions impacted the lives of others and applying the wisdom or lessons from that person's life to their own future financial plans. To be eligible, students must have participated in at least one of three financial literacy programs sponsored by the state agencies: EverFi, the Stock Market Game, or Life$marts.
Abby Oberle, a senior at De Soto High School, won the top prize of $2500. She wrote her essay about her Great-Great-Great Aunt Callie Hudson, who taught Abby and her family many valuable lessons about entrepreneurship, smart money management, and how to make it through some of life's toughest obstacles. The following is an excerpt from her essay: "Callie Hudson's amazing story has taught me that the actions of one person can generate a cascading effect on many generations. The question is, what steps can I take in the next few years to ensure that I can leave a legacy as profound as hers? The combination of the lessons from Aunt Callie and the concepts I've learned through the EverFi [financial literacy] program will help me build a roadmap."
Abby plans to attend Kansas State University next year and dual-major in Fashion Merchandising and Accounting. Other scholarship winners in attendance were: 2nd place: Kaitlyn Dinges, Ness City High School; 3rd place: Keeley Taylor, Haven High School; and 4th place: Paden Griffiths, Herington High School. The 5th place winner, Broque Short from Derby High School, was unable to attend due to a prior commitment.
The commissioners for both of the sponsoring agencies were impressed with the quality of the winning essays and wished the recipients well. "It is inspiring to see so many of our young people making financial responsibility a priority in their lives," said Ney. "Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all of the participants who entered." "I commend every student who participated in the Kansas Financial Scholars Essay Scholarship Contest. It is clear from the essays that students recognize the importance of making sound financial decisions and how those decisions will benefit them in the future," said Schuster. "I extend my congratulations to our award winners and wish them every success as they pursue their higher education goals."
Abby's Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) teacher, Kristina Saladino, was also recognized for her efforts teaching her students financial literacy and for her student receiving the top award. She was given a $150 Visa gift card as a thank you. All students who submitted an essay into the contest received a $10 Amazon gift card to be used toward the purchase of a financial app, tool, or book of their choice.
The mission of the KSC is to protect and inform Kansas investors; to promote integrity, fairness, and full disclosure in financial services; and to foster capital formation.
The OSBC regulates all state-chartered banks, trust companies, mortgage businesses, supervised lenders, credit service organizations, and money transmitters that do business in the State of Kansas. The mission of the OSBC is to ensure the integrity of regulated providers of financial services through responsible and proactive oversight, while protecting and educating consumers.