In Case You Missed our Money on My Mind Video Contest Winners!

If you were busy with your studies before the holiday break, you may have missed the announcement of our 2015 Money on My Mind video contest winners. More than 100 entries from college students across the country were submitted, offering some great (and entertaining) money secrets and advice. The winners were selected based on overall appeal, creativity, originality, quality and value.

In addition to the top three prize winners below, four runners-up also received $100 each for their winning entries.

Mirroring a newscast for college students, first place winner Jessica Kotik offered tips on how to save money on textbooks, find ways to earn extra cash and look for scholarships, including small dollar amounts. “Saving Money 101,” a silent film from second place winner Joshua Bonzo, shared a story about renting textbooks instead of buying them, not buying unnecessary items, especially clothing, and not spending money by eating out all the time.

$2,000 First Place Winner

Jessica K. from Kent State University


$500 Second Place Winner

Joshua B. from American River College


Third-place winner, college senior Benjamin Schmidt, used his submission to travel back in time to share money tips with his freshman self, saying, “College is a really fun time, but it can also be a very expensive time with tuition, dorms and dining halls. Saving money is crucial to both your future and current happiness. The key to saving money is making good use of your resources, including checking textbooks out from the campus library instead of buying them new.”

$250 Third Place Winner

Benjamin S. from the University of Missouri


Other winning entries shared tips on finding a bank account with online access and financial management tool; earning money with an on or off-campus job; utilizing recipes found online to cook cheap, healthy meals; using cash instead of credit cards to limit spending; and, if possible, having multiple checking accounts to segment spending.

This year’s contest saw the highest level of interaction from students with approximately 110 great comments, so be sure to check them out!

Additionally, this year students were invited to vote for their “fan favorite” submission, won by Leslie Windless from Baker College.

Fan Favorite

Leslie W. from Baker College


I think that you will agree that these winning videos did a great job of sharing essential money management tips in fun, creative ways. If you have any ideas for how to make this coming year’s contest even more engaging, submit a comment today!

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