Students get a chance to win $1000; Parents survival guide for college

wfWhen students sign up to receive college tips and tools from Wells Fargo’s CollegeSTEPS® program, they’ll automatically be entered in the CollegeSTEPS sweepstakes for a chance to win $1,000. Plus, they’ll get emails with information designed to help keep them on track with money management and college planning. Please download the flier for more information on how your students can win.

Applicable Grade Levels: 9-12 and all college levels
Deadline: August 13, 2015
Flier: Wells Fargo CollegeSTEPS Drawing

The College Survival Guide sponsored by Wells Fargo is an excellent resource to help parents make sure they are on the right track to preparing for college. In this easy to read 14 page document, the first half helps you understand options for paying for college. It also helps you understand key areas to focus on when preparing your child for college. The second half talks about the process of getting into college and the challenges your child will encounter.

Download it for free at this web site: http://yourteenmag.com/2014/08/college-survival-guide-2/

Wells Fargo is a member of the Iowa Jump$tart Coalition.

December 16, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Iowa teachers attend Jump$tart National Educator Conference

Pictured left to right are scholarship winners Liz Skillern, Connie Burns, Andrea Accola-Sabin, and Renee Davison.

Pictured left to right are scholarship winners Liz Skillern, Connie Burns, Andrea Accola-Sabin, and Renee Davison.

The Jump$tart National Educator Conference Nov. 8-14, 2014, in Los Angeles brought together more than 200 educators from 48 states with organizations who work to give students a successful financial future. Also attending were four Iowa teachers, who were winners of this year’s Iowa Jump$tart scholarships to attend the national conference. Attending from Iowa were Andrea Accola-Sabin, Connie Burns, Renee Davison, and Liz Skillern.

“I appreciate the opportunity Iowa Jump$tart provided so that I could attend this conference. It was very informative and helpful. I am extremely excited about the number of programs I will be starting next year after having the chance to attend the conference,” said Connie.

“I was honored to be selected to attend the National Conference and thank Iowa Jump$tart for the opportunity. This conference was one the best conferences I have ever attended and offered an extensive networking opportunity as well as free resources to take back and implement right away. I plan to attend this conference again and encourage other Personal Finance teachers to attend as well,” added Renee.

“It was an awesome experience,” said Liz. “There was so much information and resources available, and I felt as if my job really mattered. I’ve never been thanked so many times an as educator! The conference was definitely topnotch.”

December 1, 2014 at 11:12 am

Jump$tart Member Spotlight: Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Mary Beth KaufmanMargaret VanGinkelToday we would like to recognize Iowa State University Extension and Outreach who is represented by Mary Beth Kaufman and Margaret Van Ginkel.
ISU Extention and Outreach contains a division of human sciences that offers many resources including those for family finances. They offer classes and information to the public about a wide range of financial issues.

Mary Beth who is Field Educator of Family Finance at the Extension in September received the R.K. Bliss Extension Award which recognizes outstanding achievement of an Iowa State Extension staff member for developing an overall or continuing extension education program. They describe her as being on the cutting edge of emerging issues such as flood recovery, mental health and poverty reduction. As well as JumpStart she is part of the leadership in Money Smart Week in Council Bluffs and Shelby County, and is Iowa’s liaison for the High School Financial Planning Program.

Margaret VanGinkel is also a Field Educator of Family Finance at the Extension and currently serves as Secretary for the Iowa Jump$tart Coalition. She received the R.K. Bliss Extension Award a few years ago. She manages the program in 4 counties which provides basic financial literacy to children and adults. She also helps with the hotline where people can call in to receive help for various financial issues. She is a very important resource as speaker and advisor for MoneySmart week. She also helps provide information to the public about retirement financial literacy.

You may find more about their organization at:
http://www.extension.iastate.edu/humansciences

November 21, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Tuition Funding Sources Available With Help of Wells Fargo Sponsorship

Iowa Jump$tart Coalition Member Wells Fargo has recently stepped in as the exclusive sponsor of Tuition Funding Sources, which is one of the oldest and most trusted names in the scholarship industry.

Tuition Funding Sources is available free of charge to all high school students looking to continue their education after graduation, all college students currently attending a college or university and all other adults either at home or in the work force that desire to obtain a college degree or take college courses to improve their skills and education.

Most other scholarship search websites contain small scholarship databases made up of mostly national scholarships. These scholarships receive the largest number of applications and are the most difficult to win. The websites contain very few college sponsored awards thus eliminating the largest category of scholarship funds and those awards that students have the best chance to win.

The TFS website likewise contains millions of national scholarships, but the largest portion of the TFS scholarship database is made up of scholarships sponsored by individual colleges and universities.

November 21, 2014 at 11:05 am

2015 Money Smart Kid Essay Contest Announced

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Iowa Bankers Association Communications Coordinator Shawnna Stiver (left) and Iowa Credit Union Foundation Executive Director Jaimie Miller (right) present a certificate to 2014 Money Smart Kid Laura Stowater of Algona Middle School (center)

In support of Money Smart Week April 18-25, the Iowa Bankers Association is sponsoring the annual Money Smart Kid Essay Contest in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The student winner of the contest will receive a $1,000 college savings account. Students in grades 7-11 may enter the contest by answering the essay questions: What is the biggest obstacle to saving your money? What technological and/or banking solutions might help you and your friends begin to save? The deadline to submit an essay is March 27, 2015, and the winner will be notified by April 10. Click here for more information.

November 17, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Register Now for Your Money Your Future Online Classes

YMYFlogoNeed help with your budget? ISU Extension and Outreach is offering “Your Money Your Future,” a two-hour online class which will show you a better way to stretch your dollars and plan for the future. The online class will be offered at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 1, Jan. 5 and Feb. 5. Registration for the class is $15. For more information or to register, click here.

November 12, 2014 at 1:02 pm

TS Institute Receives Money Smarts Banky Award for Financial Literacy Education

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TS Institute was recognized with the Money Smarts Banky® Award for Financial Literacy Education as a result of their extraordinary service to their clients and their community through a commitment to financial literacy programs. TS Institute, a part of the TS Banking Group,  serves K‐12 students in their community and beyond.

“It is an honor to receive such an award and to be able to provide a unique and authentic opportunity for students and community members to deepen their understanding and application of financial literacy skills,” said Bob Mantell, Director of the TS Institute.

The Banky® Awards exist to highlight the vital role that local, community banks play in our economy. The Bankys® recognize the best of what community banks offer to our cities, towns and our nation.

Bob Mantell, Director of the TS Institute accepted the award from Roxanne Emmerich at the Profit‐Growth Banking Summit in Chicago on Sept. 11. Click here to read more about this award.

November 12, 2014 at 12:57 pm

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