FFGA Youth Essay Contest


The FFGA Youth Essay Contest is aimed at helping students develop financial knowledge using concepts (i.e., how to save wisely, understand how to create and follow a youth spending plan, recognize the importance of paying for your college education) and becoming better prepared for future roles as college students, consumers, savers and investors, and future leaders. In support of Financial Literacy Month, the Financial Fitness Greater Austin (FFGA) Essay Contest encourages middle school and high school students in the Greater Austin area to answer this year’s Youth Essay question. 


Essay submission deadline is Friday, May 3rd, 2019.

  1. Students must have parent, guardian, teacher, or community leader’s permission to apply and participate.

  2. Student must write an essay (Middle school, no more than 300 words; High School, no more than 500 words) on the assigned topic. Include student’s first and last name at the footer of each page.

  3. Essays should be typed in english on plain white paper, one –sided, and double-spaced. The Youth Essay Application Form must be attached at the front of the essay.

  4. The essay must be the sole work of the student.

  5. The application form must be signed by the teacher/community leader, and a parent/guardian.

  6. Email the complete application & Essay to: 


E-mail to: financialfitnessgreateraustin@gmail.com

Subject Line: FFGA Youth Contest Essay - (enter the name of school)

Important Dates:

  • May 3rd Deadline for essay submission by 5:00 PM

  • June 15th - Youth essay interviews begin

  • June 28th - Winners announced and awards presented 

2019 Contest Winners

Middle School winners:


Juliet Booker - $1000

Connor Stock - $750

High School winners: 

Marissa Henley $2,000

Jennifer Castillo Cortes $1,000

Bitete Lile Kashindi $750