2014-2015 Student Essay Contest

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis announces the 27th Annual Student Essay Contest open to all high school students in the Ninth Federal Reserve District.

Essay Graphic2015 Question:
What are the most important influences on economic inequality in the United States?

If you have any questions, contact Joe Mahon at Joseph.Mahon@mpls.frb.org or call 612-204-5254.

Writing Guide

Contest Rules


Thirty students will receive $100. In addition, a first-, second- and third-place winner will be selected. The third-place winner will receive an additional $200, and the second-place winner will receive an additional $300. The first-place winner will receive an additional $400 and a paid summer internship at the Minneapolis Fed. The winning essay will also be published in The Region magazine.

Cash incentives for teachers!

See Essay Contest Rules and Awards page for details.

Contest Timetable


Student essays due

March 27, 2015


Finalists announced

April 17, 2015


Student Workshop and Awards Program, Minneapolis, Minn.

May 1, 2015


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