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Posted on: March 3, 2014

Kansas Securities Commissioner Announces 2014 Financial Scholars Video Contest

2013 Winners

Topeka, KS--- The Kansas Securities Commissioner is looking for creative videos that highlight the importance and value of informed, long-term investing. The winning video will be featured on the Securities Commissioner’s website and Facebook page, and students participating in the winning entry will each receive an iPad mini. The classroom teacher of the winning entry will also receive an iPad mini.

The contest will be held in coordination with Financial Literacy Month in April. Organizers and financial experts involved in the promotion of Financial Literacy Month in Kansas say that it is essential to ensure that Kansans are well prepared to manage money, credit, investments and debt, and that personal financial education among today’s youth will contribute to the financial stability of tomorrow’s workforce and to the prosperity of the Kansas economy.

New this year is a People’s Choice Award which will be held online at the Securities Commissioner’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Kansas.Securities. The public will be able to vote for a select number of student videos by “liking” their favorite ones. Creators of the most-liked video will each receive a $200 savings bond.

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 30 second to 2 minute video which clearly and creatively demonstrates the value of investing.

The Kansas Financial Scholars Program is a 6 hour web-based curriculum which uses the latest in new media technologies. The 9-module course is aligned to the Kansas State Standards and offers programming aimed at teaching, assessing and certifying students in a variety of financial topics including credit scores, insurance, credit cards, student loans, mortgages, taxes, investments, savings, 401k’s and other critical concepts that map to national financial literacy standards. Each module only takes around 30 minutes to complete.

Teachers who have not yet signed up for the Kansas Financial Scholars Program may contact the Securities Commissioner’s office for information on how to sign up and participate in the program this school year. The program is offered for free to all public, private and home school high-school aged students in the state of Kansas. Parents or grandparents who are interested in having their children participate can also contact the Securities Commissioner’s office to individually sign up their students.

Contest begins: Monday, March 3, 2014.
Contest ends: Thursday, April 17, 2014. (All videos must be received by 11:59 p.m. April 17, 2014.)
Winning videos announced on or before: Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

Complete official video contest rules can be found at: www.ksc.ks.gov/

Questions about the 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.

A PDF Version of the release may be found at: http://ksc.ks.gov/DocumentCenter/View/250

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The mission of the Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner (KSC) is to protect and inform Kansas investors; to promote integrity, fairness, and full disclosure in financial services; and to foster capital formation.

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