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Allison Ball, Kentucky Saves 529, KHEAA partner for Treasurer’s Summer Challenge; set for July

Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball announced Monday a partnership with Kentucky Saves 529 and the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) to offer the Treasurer’s Summer Challenge that will take place July 1 through July 31.

The Summer Challenge is a unique financial literacy educational course for students ages 13-17. One winner will be selected for a $5,000 college scholarship.

Allison Ball

“As Treasurer, I am passionate and committed to expanding financial literacy and empowering Kentuckians with the tools and resources to live financially stable and independent lives. There is no better time to stress the importance of financial literacy as so many Kentucky families face uncertainty and hardships because of the pandemic,” Ball said. “I look forward to engaging with communities, increasing financial literacy and driving impactful change with the Treasurer’s Summer Challenge.

“I hope our students take advantage of this fun challenge and I can’t wait to share their stories.”

Education leaders are preparing for prolonged repercussions and significant academic impacts when students return in the fall due to school closures. Mathematics is projected to be the hardest hit subject. The Treasurer’s Challenge is designed to engage students with fun, educational content that is self-paced and easily accessible from home.

Topics include spending and saving, credit and debt, employment and income, investing, and insurance.

“KHEAA/KY Saves 529 is pleased to partner with Treasurer Ball’s office on this state-wide financial literacy program,” KHEAA Executive Director Eugene P. Hutchins said. “This summer this online initiative has great promise in helping Kentucky middle and high school students become more financially savvy and involved in their financial futures.”

The one-month challenge, created by social impact education innovator EVERFI, and supported by state treasurers’ offices, features five digital lessons and a capstone essay contest in which students will share what they hope to do after high school and how the lessons learned in the Challenge will help them turn that into a reality.

One student essay will be selected as the winner of the national Treasurer’s Summer Challenge and will receive a $5,000 college scholarship.

• Treasurer Allison Ball welcomes students to the challenge in this video.

From Office of the Kentucky State Treasurer

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