VisionBank of Iowa

Money Smart Kid Essay Contest offers $1000 for college

January 17, 2018

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VisionBank is proud to participate in Money Smart Week April 21-28, 2018, and there is an exciting opportunity for Central Iowa students to earn money for college through the Money Smart Kid Essay Contest, sponsored by the Iowa Bankers Association.


Students in grades seven through eleven can now enter the 12th annual Money Smart Kid essay contest. The student with the winning essay will be selected as Iowa’s Money Smart Kid for 2018 and receive $1,000 toward college savings funded by the Iowa Bankers Association.


“The Money Smart Kid Essay Contest is a fun competition to get the next generation thinking about the importance of saving,” said Eve Lederhouse, Marketing and Communications Officer for VisionBank. “We would love to see a student from one of our market communities receive this year’s award, and we encourage all eligible students to participate.”


Essays are due March 16, 2018. Eligible students can enter the contest by writing an essay of 400 words or fewer, addressing the following:

Please write a brief newspaper article describing the potential devastating effects of a natural disaster (fire, flood, hurricane, etc.) on a family’s financial situation. Please select only one type of natural disaster for the focus of your article. Be sure to include tips and resources for readers to help prepare them for a potential future unexpected crises.”

The Money Smart Kid also serves as an ambassador during Money Smart Week Iowa in several communities across the state. For more information about the Money Smart Kid essay contest, visit Applications can be downloaded at      

About VisionBank                                              

VisionBank has eight full service branches in Ames, Boone, Grimes, Huxley, and Ogden, and a VisionBank Mortgage office in West Des Moines. The bank is owned by VisionBankshares, Inc., a locally owned bank holding company based in Central Iowa. The bank offers full service retail, mortgage, consumer, commercial, commercial real estate, and agricultural deposit and lending products and services. To learn more, visit the website at or call 1-800-574-8123.


For More Information:

Eve Lederhouse, Marketing & Communications Officer

515-956-4343 |

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