Bank taking essays, art projects for financial literacy contest


OneUnited Bank, the nation’s largest Black-owned bank, is expanding its seventh annual “I Got Bank!” Financial Literacy Contest to include 10 winners, up from three. The contest has also evolved to include the best essays and the best art projects that represent the “I Got Bank!” theme.

“I Got Bank!” was written by OneUnited Bank’s president.

OneUnited Bank is partnering with BMe Community to expand the contest and celebrate more youth contest winners.

Middle school students from across the country between the ages of 8 and 12 are encouraged to read a financial literacy book of their choosing and write a 250-word essay or create an art project to show how they would apply what they learned from the book to their daily lives.

June 15 deadline
Submissions must be emailed or postmarked by June 15. The bank will choose 10 winners: one from the following eight cities (Akron, Baltimore, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh); and two from other locations in the U.S.

Each winner will be awarded a $1,000 OneUnited Bank savings account by Aug. 31.

President writes book
Teri Williams, OneUnited Bank president and author of “I Got Bank! What My Granddad Taught Me about Money” wrote the book when she found that there weren’t any books geared toward educating urban youth about finances.

“We are very excited to partner with BMe Community to expand our financial literacy contest to include more winners and to include art,” said Williams. According to its website, BMe Community is an award-winning network of influential leaders inspired by Black men to treat people as assets and then grow the assets of those people.

For more information about the official contest rules, visit


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