Student Video Contest

ABOUT THE CONTEST: This is a contest to create an original video that delivers information about the importance of responsibly managing money. The contest is sponsored by the Vermont Jump$tart Coalition, with support provided by the Vermont Access Network and the Vermont State Treasurer’s Office.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR VIDEO: Fill out the form here to submit your video

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: Vermont students enrolled in grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12 of a school or technical career center, or grade 7, 8 9, 10, 11, or 12 students who are approved for homeschool study as permitted by the rules of home study enrollment.

WHAT IS THE PRIZE: The 1st place prize is $750 total. The 2nd place prize is $250 total. Prize levels are the same for an individual student or for student teams that submit as a group. The winning videos will be circulated statewide by Vermont Access Network community media stations. An individual student, or student team, may enter one video submission for judging.

WHAT IS THE VIDEO SUBJECT: The video contest theme is “Making Money Means Making Decisions.” Participants can choose one or more of the following topics to create a video public service announcement that describes the importance of: 1) Spending and Saving; 2) Credit and Debt; 3) Financial Decision Making.

WHEN ARE VIDEO ENTRIES DUE: The deadline for student submissions is March 1, 2020. Judges will select and notify the directors of the 1st and 2nd place entries in March. The winning students will have their videos shown publicly at the April 9, 2020 Financial Literacy Awards Ceremony, held in Montpelier by Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce.

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFO: below you will find the contest rules, as well as detailed judging guidelines. Email with questions.


  • All entrants’ names may be reprinted or posted by the Vermont Jump$tart Coalition.
  • Videos must be between :30 seconds and 3:00 minutes long.
  • Videos should be presented in a 1080p or 720p .MOV, .MP4, or .AVI formats.
  • Make sure footage is shot horizontally if using a smartphone or similar device.
  • Avoid branding, including obvious product placement or logos.
  • No copywritten music or images may be featured without written permission for use.
  • No illegal, offensive, or obscene content of any kind.
  • Information must be accurate.
  • Winners’ names will be posted and shared publicly.
  • All videos become the property of the Vermont Jump$tart Coalition for distribution and promotion.
  • Contest judges reserve the right to deny any submission deemed inappropriate or outside of the rules, as described above.


  • Video must clearly state the importance of one, or more, of the topical categories:
    • Spending and Saving
    • Credit and Debt
    • Financial Decision Making
  • Video will be judged based on:
    • 40% for clarity of message and structure
    • 30% for production value
    • 30% for creativity