2022 Massachusetts Credit Unions Student Essay Contest

Organized by the Cooperative Credit Union Association, administered by the Massachusetts Chapters, and delivered directly through the credit unions, the Massachusetts Credit Union Student Essay Contest program provides a unique opportunity for credit unions to demonstrate their involvement in their local community through outreach to schools, families, and young people, and engagement in an educational activity. 

Students in seventh and eighth grade are asked to write an essay in 250 words or less on the following topic:

“Your community, your country and the entire world continues to battle the effects of the Covid-19 virus pandemic.  Everyone has experienced changes in how we work, how we learn, how we socialize and credit unions have worked hard to continue to serve their members’ varied financial needs under very challenging circumstances – remote workers, sick or caregiving staff, covid restrictions such as masks, social distancing, and protective barriers, etc.  Please share the three biggest covid impacts in your own life and how you have challenged yourself to overcome them.”  

Eight winning essays will be chosen. The first prize winner will receive $500. The seven finalists will each receive $250. In addition to the eight winning essays, there will be several honorable mention winners who will each receive $50. There will be an awards ceremony to honor the contest winners in the spring.

The Massachusetts Student Essay Contest provides a unique opportunity for credit unions to demonstrate their involvement in their local community by reaching out to schools, families, and young people by engaging them in an educational activity that benefits all parties.

We invite each credit union to inform its membership of the contest. Additionally, we encourage each credit union to contact their local schools to suggest that the seventh and eighth grade students participate in the contest as a writing exercise.

The timeline for the contest is as follows:

September/October - essay contest announced to credit unions.  Credit unions contact members and local schools to promote the contest.
November/December - Chapter Presidents remind credit unions about the essay contest at monthly Chapter meeting.
January 24 – Deadline for credit unions to collect essays from schools/members.
February 4 - Deadline for credit unions to submit top entries to their Chapter President.
February 25 - Deadline for Chapter Presidents to submit their top entries to the Association.
March 25 - Association chooses essay contest winners.
May 20, 2022 - Awards ceremony

All contest documents are included below as links.

CONTEST RULES

ESSAY FORM

SCORING SHEET

MA CHAPTER PRESIDENT LIST

PARTICIPATION LOG (for use by Chapter Presidents)

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact William Nagle, SVP, Professional Development -  bnagle@ccua.org.