Financial Literacy: Video Essay Department of Finance at the University of Illinois
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Video Essay Contest Rules

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General Rules

  • Students
    • must be registered, full-time students in grades 6 through 12.
  • Video Essays
    • must address the assigned topic.
    • must be the fully the original work of the students submitting the Essay.
    • must be appropriate for middle school children to view (no inappropriate visuals, language, or music).
    • must have parent or guardian permission to participate.
  • Video Essays
    • must be no more than 5 minutes in play length.
    • must be in submitted, .mpeg, or .wmv format.
    • must be burned to a CD and submitted, together with the completed, signed application forms, to
        Video Essay Contest
        340 Wohlers Hall
        1206 South Sixth Street
        Champaign, IL 61820
  • Any background music must be copyright free or created by the students themselves. Background or other music must be cited in the submission form.[Resources]
  • Student submissions must be signed by a teacher, counselor, or administrator of the school. (Note: Official School sponsorship is not required)
  • All submissions become the property of the College of Business Financial Literacy Program and may be used to promote financial literacy.
  • All decisions of the MSW Video Essay Committee are final. Winners will be announced during Money Smart Week.
  • Prizes are donated by Heartland Bank and Trust and friends of the Financial Literacy Program at the University of Illinois Department of Finance. Prizes awarded in one year should not be taken as an indication of prizes to be awarded in subsequent years.
  • Videos must be received by 5pm Friday April 10, 2015.


To submit the Video

  • Burn the Video to a CD. Videos MUST be in submitted, .mpeg, or .wmv format. Videos in other formats cannot be processed and posted so must be disqualified from consideration.
  • Complete the Video Submission form, making sure to include all the information requested, and a teacher, guidance counselor, or principal signature as indicated.
  • Each of the students must complete the student submission form, making sure to include all the information requested, and a parent or guardian signature as indicated.
  • Submissions can be mailed to  
      Video Essay Contest
      340 Wohlers Hall
      1206 South Sixth Street
      Champaign, IL 61820
  • Receipt of the submission will be acknowledged to the contact email addresses provided.
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MSW Video Essay Committee

Kimber Andrews College of Education University of Illinois
Scott Johnson Mortgage Banker, Windsor Road Heartland Bank & Trust Company
David Henry VP/ Branch Manager, Kirby-Mattis Branch PNC Bank
Elisabeth Oltheten Assistant Professor of Finance University of Illinois
Kevin G. Waspi, CFA Lecturer in Finance University of Illinois © Copyright 2007 Department of Finance, University of Illinois