2020 Scholarship Essay not yet released. Below is the 2019 essay prompt.

Money Smart 2019 Scholarship Essay Contest:

As part of Wisconsin’s Money Smart Week (March 30-April 06, 2019), the Money Smart Week Southwest Wisconsin Committee and its partner organizations are sponsoring an essay writing contest for graduating high school seniors who live in Dane, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Lafayette and Rock Counties.  To enter, students need to fill out an application form and submit an essay of up to 500 words on the assigned topic. Three students will be named this year’s Money Smart Scholarship winners and receive a $1,000 Edvest gift card.


A PDF of the application and summary of the contest is attached.  The form can also be accessed through the page accessible via this link http://lookforwardwi.gov/


In 2018, the average debt for a Wisconsin student graduating with a bachelor’s degree was approximately $30,000. About two-thirds of students take out loans. • Estimate the total cost of your education (room, board, tuition, etc.) and explain how you plan to pay for it. • Discuss how the cost of your schooling compares to the potential salary you may earn in your chosen field. • Realizing that you will likely have some degree of debt when you graduate, how do you plan to keep it at a minimum?

Scholarship Deadline: 
Monday, April 6, 2020
Social Security Number Required?: 
Scholarship Type: 
Two Year
Four Year