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Arkansas Personal Finance Challenge

Economics Arkansas and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis will host the 2023 Arkansas Personal Finance Challenge, an opportunity for high school students to demonstrate their knowledge of personal finance by competing against other students in a one-day challenge. 

When: April 2023

Where: TBD

Arkansas Teachers may register 1 team of 3-4 students to participate. No advance qualifications or tests are required.

Teams will receive a fictitious case study and will collaborate and prepare a 6-minute PowerPoint presentation making suggestions based on the case study information. Presentations must be submitted to; no changes may be made to the PowerPoint once it has been submitted. Judges will evaluate the PowerPoint presentations based on content. The top 3 finalists will be notified and will present live their submissions to a panel of judges.

Students should exhibit knowledge in areas such as earning income, buying goods and services, saving, using credit, investing, and protecting and insuring. Presentations are scored in content knowledge, teamwork, and communication skills. 

Prize money, certificates, and medallions will be awarded. The first-place winning team will split $500 and advance to the semi-regional round of the National Personal Finance Challenge. 

View complete rules and a sample case study here.

Check back for information on registration. In the meantime, any questions can be sent to

Personal Finance Challenge Prize Amount
1st Place $500 (split among team members)
2nd Place $300 (split among team members)
3rd Place $150 (split among team members)
1st Place Teacher $100
2nd Place Teacher $75
3rd Place Teacher $50

Congratulations to the 2022 Arkansas Personal Finance Challenge Finalists!

1st Place: Catholic High School for Boys

Advisor: David Massery

2nd Place: Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts

Advisor: Carl Frank

3rd Place: Mountain Hom High School Career Academies

Advisor: Johnny Caststeel

1st Place Winners - Catholic High School


The 2022 Arkansas Personal Finance Challenge is generously sponsored by title sponsor First Security Bank. Thank you.

Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact for more information.