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Submission Period Closed

Thanks for your interest in the Grant Challenge. The entry period is now closed. We anticipate selecting the winning idea in December 2013, with an announcement and implementation to come in 2014.

How can financial services companies, such as Fidelity Investments, best tap into their volunteers and expertise to improve the financial literacy of high school students in low-income areas?

We want to help high school students understand how to budget, save and manage their money. These are concepts that will serve the students well both now and later in life and help them be better prepared to make financial decisions.

Fidelity Investments will fund the winning idea up to $100,000 by collaborating with a non-profit organization or educational institution to pilot test the idea. The person submitting the winning idea will also receive a $1,000 charitable gift card to make a donation to a public school of his or her choice through

The entry must be in essay form and no longer than 2,000 words. There is no minimum length requirement. You may include links to research to validate ideas or add context. AGREEING TO THE TERMS OF THE SITE, WHEN YOU ENTER THE APPLICATION, AFFIRMS YOUR AGREEMENT TO THE ENTRY RULES. 

Challenge Deadline  November 7, 2013  

Winner Notification December 2013

Judging Criteria

Each of the Judging Criteria will be weighted according to the assigned percentages (listed below) when calculating final score (out of 100 eligible points):

Entry submissions must meet these requirements:

  • Have the potential to improve the financial literacy of high school students in low income areas (25%)
  • Incorporate Fidelity volunteers as part of the solution (25%)
  • Offer new and innovative ideas (20%)

Providing this information in entries will help your score, but is not required.

  • Could the idea be easily implemented by a 501(c)(3) public charity or state or other public college, university or school? (10%)
  • Could this idea have the ability to scale larger in the future? (10%)
  • Does the idea incorporate technology? (10%)

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