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Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions Announces Money Smart Essay Contest Awards

Apr 30, 2021

The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) and the Wisconsin Coalition on Student Debt (Coalition) announced on April 16, 2021 awards to ten Wisconsin graduating high school seniors of $1,000 Edvest, Wisconsin’s College Savings Plan, gift certificates for their winning Wisconsin Money Smart Essay Contest submissions this spring.

Graduating high school seniors from across Wisconsin were encouraged to write essays about how they plan to finance their college education for a chance to win one of ten $1,000 Edvest gift certificates. Members of the Coalition reviewed and scored the 117 essay submissions based on criteria including research, identifying funding sources for college, and explaining how to manage student loan debt.

Contest winners were notified and received special video recognition from Gov. Tony Evers, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, essay contest sponsors, and Coalition members. Congratulations to this year’s essay contest winners:

  • Addison Grant, Green Bay East High School, Green Bay
  • Alberto De La O Garcia, Ronald Reagan High School, Milwaukee
  • Chloe Cook, Luxemburg-Casco High School, Luxemburg
  • Dagan Daniels, Port Washington High School, Port Washington
  • Ella Sommerfeld, Horicon High School, Beaver Dam
  • Hanna Elsner, Gillette High School, Cecil
  • Katherine Zimmerman, eAchieve Academy, Boyd
  • Kylie Ira, Onalaska High School, Onalaska
  • Olivia Nelson, Westby Area High School, Coon Valley
  • Tyler Van Deslunt, Fond du Lac High School, Fond du Lac

“These students have shown us through their winning essay submissions that they have developed plans to pay for college and manage potential student loan debt,” said DFI Secretary Kathy Blumenfeld. “We applaud these deserving students for all they have done, and we encourage them to continue building their financial literacy skills as they continue their education.”

The Wisconsin Money Smart Essay Contest was sponsored by the Coalition, DFI, Edvest, Ascendium Education Group, Royal Credit Union, Summit Credit Union, SecureFutures, and Wisconsin Education Association Council Region 6.


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