Stock Market Basics Scholarship Opportunity

Financial Success Starts Here! We’re proud to offer the Stock Market Basics Scholarship to college students

One of our key messages here at My Stock Market Basics is that financial education and investing for the future start at home. We want to thank parents that have made personal finance a part of their children’s education and congratulate students for taking the time to start their financial journey.

That’s why we’re proud to offer an annual scholarship of $1,000 to new and current college students. Submissions will be accepted starting in January of each year with a winner selected by September.

How to Apply for the Stock Market Basics Scholarship

Applicants must submit a 500+ word essay about one of the following topics: what you have learned about investing, why investing is important, or the most important thing to remember when investing.

  • Essays must be your own work and not submitted to any other website.
  • Applicants must be either currently enrolled in or actively applying to an undergraduate or graduate-level program. Students at both community colleges and four-year institutions are encouraged to apply.
  • Essays must be received by August 1st, 2018 in Word document format (not PDF)
  • Applications should be mailed to and include name, address and phone number. Please include “scholarship” in the email subject line.
  • Applications must state the school the student is attending or planning on attending.

Essays will be posted on the blog through July and August to highlight the most important concepts and importance of investing. The scholarship winner will be selected on September 15th by the article receiving the most social media “buzz” the winning essay generates, as determined by social shares.

personal finance education scholarshipAbout the Stock Market Basics Scholarship

A college degree is a great start but is no guarantee that you’ll reach your financial goals in life. I have met people with graduate degrees that struggled with their money because they were never taught good personal finance choices. Schools don’t even teach how to balance a checking account anymore.

Good financial habits and stock market basics must start at home and we want to reward families for making investing in the future a priority. Not only can your essay help you pay for college but it will help teach readers smart ways to invest.

While you’re here, check out some of the great articles on investing and reaching your own financial goals.

I’ve invested in just about every asset class there is, from real estate investing to fixed-income bonds. I’ve also been an investment analyst for institutional investment firms and wealthy clients.

One of the things I’ve learned over more than two decades working in investments is that investing according to your age and long-term goals will beat stock-picking any day. You truly can win the stock market game if you play by your rules.


Personal Finance Scholarship Winner 2016


2016 winner! Congratulations to Ivetka O’Malley at Maricopa Community College, our 2016 Scholarship winner on partner blog, PeerFinance101. Check out Ivetka’s essay on How Goldfish can Teach You about Money!

2017 winner! Congratulations to Eric Martinez at the University of Central Florida for his essay about tools his parents used to teach him practical money skills.

Don’t forget, we’re running this scholarship every year so be sure to get your essay in before next year’s 2018 deadline.