Future Scholar "Making Bank" Contest

Making financial education fun with "Making Bank"

It’s never too early to learn about the importance of saving and smart money choices. That’s why we invited South Carolina K-2 teachers to register their classes to participate in the Future Scholar "Making Bank" Contest.

Using a provided template, students were tasked with using their creativity to design a piggy bank that illustrated things they’d like to save for, highlighting and demonstrating an understanding of both their needs and wants.

Approximately 2,100 students from 45 schools across the state registered to participate in local "Making Bank" contests, with each school naming first, second and third place student winners, who received Future Scholar prize packs. Teachers of the school winners also received Amazon gift cards.

First place school winners were then entered into a statewide competition, where 21 students were each awarded a privately-funded $529 Future Scholar grant.

Congratulations to our grant recipients on their winning drawings!

Statewide "Making Bank" Winners:

  • Luna Raine Powers, 2nd grade student at Andrews Elementary School in Georgetown County School District 
  • Eleanor "Ellie" Allen, 2nd grade student at Buist Academy in Charleston County School District 
  • Jordyn Pringle, 1st grade student at Caughman Road Elementary School in Richland 1 
  • Luke Andrew Patterson, 1st grade student at Cherokee Trail Elementary School in Abbeville 60 
  • Maizii Johnson, Kindergarten student at Dutch Fork Elementary School in Lexington-Richland 5 
  • Markayla Gavin, 2nd grade student at Elloree Elementary School in Orangeburg County School District 
  • Heidi Peden, 1st grade student at Fork Shoals Elementary School in Greenville County Schools 
  • Claire Curby, 2nd grade student at Fort Mill Elementary School in York 4 
  • Carlee Bagwell, 2nd grade student at Gallman Elementary School in School District of Newberry County 
  • Alexander Acevedo Garcia, 1st grade student at Grove Elementary School in Greenville County Schools 
  • Anabella "Bella" Vargas, 2nd grade student at Hilton Head Island Elementary School in Beaufort County School District 
  • Caleb Esquivel-Olvera, 2nd grade student at Hollywood Elementary School in Saluda County Schools 
  • Bradley “Brad” Gonzalez Gomez, 1st grade student at Hunley Park Elementary School in Charleston County School District 
  • Genevieve Mozelle Salley, 1st grade student at Lexington Elementary School in Lexington 1 
  • Cayden Cannon, Kindergarten student at McCrorey-Liston School of Technology in Fairfield County School District 
  • Ethan Myoung, 1st grade student at Nexton Elementary School in Berkeley County School District 
  • Waylon Roberts, 2nd grade student at North Central Elementary School in Kershaw County School District 
  • Deena Ford, 1st grade student at R.E. Davis College Preparatory Academy in Sumter School District 
  • Ava Paige Kidd, 2nd grade student at River Trail Elementary School in York 4 
  • Sebastian "Palmer" Revis, 1st grade student at Riverwalk Academy in S.C. Public Charter School District 
  • Darya Denisenko, 1st grade student at Gold Hill Elementary School in York 4 



Sample Winning "Making Bank" Entry

Sample winning "Making Bank" entry.