Houston Money Week

Annual Essay Contest

HMW's Essay Contest

Houston Money Week’s annual essay contest for students and adult education learners is a commendable initiative that underscores the organization’s commitment to promoting financial literacy across diverse age groups. By specifically targeting students and adult learners, this contest serves as a powerful tool to instill essential financial knowledge, skills, and attitudes early on and throughout one’s life.

The essay contest creates a platform for students to engage with financial concepts in a meaningful way. Encouraging young minds to explore topics like budgeting, saving, investing, and financial planning fosters a sense of responsibility and empowerment. This initiative recognizes that early exposure to financial literacy is key to equipping the next generation with the tools they need to make informed and responsible financial decisions. You can enter the essay contest by clicking here. We are accepting ALL essays. THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2024. Due to language limitations, we are only currently accepting essays in English. 

April 2024 Essay Prompt

How do you keep your money on the move through good money habits and how do these habits keep your future in motion? In a recent survey conducted during Houston Money Week, a staggering 83% of respondents expressed their commitment to cultivating “good money habits” following financial education training. For this essay, tell us about “How you keep your money on the move through good money Habits and how these habits keep your future in motion.”

Craft a 500-word essay exploring your understanding of these habits, identify specific financial behaviors that contribute to developing good money habits and the potential life achievements facilitated by such habits. Remember to integrate personal stories, relevant statistics, and practical examples to illustrate your points. This essay is an opportunity for you to articulate your beliefs and insights regarding the significance of financial habits and their profound influence on shaping a successful and fulfilling future.

2023 Essay Contest Winners

2023 Essay Contest Winner Information
Adult: 1st Place|$1,500|Alexander Govea|Main Street Ministries • 2nd Place|Chromebook|Robert Thomas|Prairie View A&M
High School: 1st Place(Tie)|$1,000|MacKenzie Romain|William B Travis High School • 1st Place(Tie)|$1,000|Jasmine Gradney|Grand Oaks High School • 2nd Place|Chromebook|Chasity Thomas|Langham High School
Middle School: 1st Place|$500|Ava Collins|Young Women College Preparatory Academy

Contest Rules

Participants must be:
• A student in grades 6-12, adult education learners or undergraduate college students, who live in the greater Houston area.
• Have knowledge of money management skills (decision-making related to spending and saving, investing, use of credit, etc.) appropriate for their age and grade level.
• Demonstrate how they practice good money management skills in their daily lives.

To Enter:
• Minor students must complete the entire application including teacher and parent information.
• Students must write an essay (a minimum of 500 words but no more than 750 words) on the assigned topic.
• The essay must be the work of the student submitting the essay.

Prizes:
• 1st and 2nd place prize winners will be announced for each of the following categories on April 04, 2024.

Categories:
• Colleges and Universities | Adult Education and Literacy Programs | High Schools | Middle Schools

(Actively enrolled and participating students in the Greater Houston Area)

You can enter the essay contest by clicking here. We are accepting ALL essays. Due to language limitations, we are only currently accepting essays in English. 

Contest Judging

All essays become the property of Houston Money Week and may be used by Houston Money Week to promote financial education. All essays must meet the contest entry guidelines described above. Decisions of the judges are final in all matters relating to this contest. Contest judging determinations are at the sole and absolute discretion of the judges, and such decisions and determinations are not subject to further review or appeal by contestants. Because of the unique nature and scope of the contest, Houston Money Week cannot accurately predict the number of contestants who will participate in the Contest.

Also, the Houston Money Week Team cannot individually confirm receipt of all essays. Winners will be individually notified and contacted via email, mail or phone. All winners will be posted on the official Houston Money Week website and social media pages. Winners will be announced at the Houston Money Week Partner Kick-Off Reception. Information regarding scores awarded by judges will not be available. 

Contest Judging

All essays become the property of Houston Money Week and may be used by Houston Money Week to promote financial education. All essays must meet the contest entry guidelines described above. Decisions of the judges are final in all matters relating to this contest. Contest judging determinations are at the sole and absolute discretion of the judges, and such decisions and determinations are not subject to further review or appeal by contestants. Because of the unique nature and scope of the contest, Houston Money Week cannot accurately predict the number of contestants who will participate in the Contest.

Also, the Houston Money Week Team cannot individually confirm receipt of all essays. Winners will be individually notified and contacted via email, mail or phone. All winners will be posted on the official Houston Money Week website and social media pages. Winners will be announced at the Houston Money Week Partner Kick-Off Reception. Information regarding scores awarded by judges will not be available.