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Eligibility requirements:

  •  US Citizen or permanent resident
  •  Enrolled as full time student in an accredited college for undergraduate studies located in USA
  •  Must be enrolled as a freshman/sophomore
  •  Only one entry per contestant
  •  Employees and affiliates of Bankrate, Inc and their immediate families are not eligible

Application requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Attach the following documents to the application form:
    • Copy of most recent transcripts (with Social Security Number blacked out). Minimum GPA of 2.5 required.
    • Verification of enrollment document from school/college
    • Essay
  • Essays must be typed and double spaced
  • Word count of 500-1000(max)
  • Essays will be judged based on coherence, originality, quality, voice, style, community service and evidence of sound research
  • All submitted essays will become a property of and may be published on our website in whole or part
Pick any one topic from the list below. Essay should be 500-1000 words (max):
  • If you could only have one way to pay for everything - all your purchases, no matter how big or small, for the rest of your life, which would you choose - cash, check or credit? Why? What would you miss about the others?
  • With the rise in use of smartphones, various apps are available to help you manage your money. These range from banking apps that help you check your account balances and transfer money, personal finance apps that collect information from all your accounts and display them in one place, giving you an overall picture of your finances, and apps that let you pay for your purchases using your smartphone. What is your favorite smartphone app? Why? What can this app do better?
  • Do banks understand Millennials? Do Millennials understand banks? What's the most important thing for each to understand about the other?
  • Total award - $10,000; Number of awards granted - 10
  • Maximum - $1,000 per winner
  • Award check will be made out to the school, and mailed to the winner's address
  • Winners will be notified on this website at
  • Application deadline - September 30th, 2014
  • Notification date - October 31st, 2014


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