Event Calendar

Elementary and Middle School

Secret Millionaire's Club

This entrepreneurship opportunity is for students ages seven to 16. Students are asked to create a business that provides a new and unique product or service. There are four rounds of judging, and if selected, the semifinalists get to spend three nights in Omaha. The trip is fully paid and includes a chance to win $5,000.


Economics Concepts Poster Contest 

This poster contest is for grades 1 to 6 and will stimulate students' interest in economics. Posters are due around November 15 of each year. Email Vicki Vermeer for further details.


Elementary, Middle, and High School

Iowa Stock Market Game (September to May)

The Stock Market Game is an online simulation that teaches students the ins and outs of the New York Stock Exchange. In this exciting online tool students receive $100,000 to buy and sell stocks and bonds. Students compete against other students in the state to be called “trading guru.” Tools are available to help teach/facilitate the Stock Market Game.


Iowa Money Smart Week (April)

Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign to help consumers better manage their personal finances. Look for:

Ben Franklin visits in elementary schools
Poster contest for grades 2 to 6 ($200 prize)
Essay contest for grades 8 to 10 ($1,000 deposited into a 529 college savings account)
Youth Night—a night of learning about basic money concepts


High School

Lights, Camera, Save!

This is a multimedia event hosted by the ABA with submissions due in November. This nine-second commericial contest focuses on helping teens save their money. Prizes are as follows:

1st Place: $3,000 for student, $1,500 for school
2nd Place: $1,500 for student, $1,000 for school
3rd Place: $500 for student, $ 500 for school

Get Smart About Credit

This event is sponsored by the ABA Education Foundation and is a national compaign of volunteer bankers who work with young people to raise awareness about the importance of using credit wisely. Included in this presentation: credit, credit reports, credit scores, and identity theft. Contact Kyle Osborne at TS Institute to schedule a credit presentation in your classroom.

High School Scholarship Opportunities

Budget Challenge

This challenge, hosted by H&R Block, arms teens with personal finance skills and confidence for when they need to make their own financial decisions. It takes a "learn-by-doing" approach, allowing students to make decisions and play with results in a safe environment before dealing with the results in real life. Participants compete for more than $3 million in grants, scholarships, and prizes. Find more information about the mission of the Budget Challege here. More information for interested teachers, parents, and students is available here.

Read 3 Important Lessons My Parents Taught Me to see budgeting in action.


Save Now, Save Later: College Savings Plan Parent Giveaway

College Savings Iowa® is a great way to help your students plan for their future college education. And with Iowa Student Loan’s Save Now, Save Later: College Savings Plan Parent Giveaway, you could give that savings a $1,500 boost.  Parents or legal guardians of an Iowa high school student can enter by completing the co-signer version of Student Loan Game Plan and then filling out and submitting the registration form. No loan application is necessary. In January 2015, 20 winners will be randomly selected to win a $1,500 deposit to an existing or new College Savings Iowa account. Winners will be announced in February 2015.This opportunity is available for grades 9–12. Registration ends in December.

Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge

Iowa Student Loan®—in partnership with the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Jump$tart Coalition, Junior Achievement of Central Iowa, and the Iowa College Access Network—is sponsoring the Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge, providing a chance for schools to win $1,000 for their participation. Teachers who take part in the challenge can also cater activities to satisfy financial literacy requirements for the Iowa Core 21st Century Skills.  The challenge is intended to reward Iowa high school educators who promote critical financial literacy skills by using two online financial literacy tutorials in classrooms. This opportunity is available for grades 9–12. Registration ends in January.



55th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference

The Council for Economic Education's 55th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference is a nationwide meeting of K–12 educators, local CEE affiliates from across the country, Federal Reserve partners, and other educators in the field. Topics include pedagogy and resources, curriculum strategy for schools/school districts, teaching strategies, assessment and research, new programs, and best practices. Find more information here. Registration opens soon!

2015 Jump$tart Conference Sponsorship

Practical Money Skills will sponsor six educators to attend the Jump$tart Coalition National Educator Conference at the Gaylord Resort in National Harbor, M.D., on November 6–8, 2015. The conference provides pre-K to 12th grade classroom teachers dedicated to personal finance education with new resources as well as personal and professional development, support, and networking opportunities. The $1,000 sponsorship includes the conference fee of $425 (including up to two nights' accommodations and conference meals) and travel expenses up to $575.

To apply for this sponsorship, nominate yourself or a colleague as the Practical Money Skills Innovative Educator of the Month by September 1, 2015. Sponsorship recipients will be notified via email on Wednesday, October 1, 2015.

Project Financial Literacy

Project Financial Literacy is designed to promote financial literacy education by providing high schools with an assessment tool to help measure their financial literacy curriculum against the 21st Century Skills framework of the Iowa Core Curriculum. The assessment tool is provided to schools free of charge thanks to the support of local sponsors, including Iowa banks. Schools enrolled in the project by the deadline are also eligible for the chance to win one of ten $1,000 scholarships sponsored by the Iowa Bankers Association to help improve their financial literacy programs. Scholarship winners will be announced in early March 2015.This opportunity is available for grades 9–12. Registration ends in February.

Financial Literacy Fair

Hosted by TS Institute, this Financial Literacy Fair is for any educator wanting more resources relating to financial literacy. At these day-long workshops teachers will be exposed to a number of resources and experts who can assist them in delivering content in their classrooms. Teachers, come learn about the latest free resources on the market.

Financial Literacy Education Opportunity

The Iowa Department of Revenue is pleased to continue its work with the Iowa Jump$tart Coalition to promote financial literacy education. That education should include basic knowledge about how to complete a tax return. To assist with the development of that knowledge, the department has created a student packet with examples, exercises, and instructions for teachers to expose students to the basics of completing an Iowa 1040 Individual Income Tax Return. The Department encourages the usage of this packet and welcomes any questions you may have about the information presented. Please contact idr@iowa.gov. There is no application deadline for this opportunity.