Poster Contest

It’s Time for MFEC’s Annual Poster Contest!

The theme for MFEC’s 2017 Poster Contest is “Needs and Wants.”

Submissions are due Friday, October 28, 2016. 

Encourage the children in your classroom, kindergarten through fifth grade, to contemplate the concept of managing their money responsibly by distinguishing between their wants and needs. Winning submissions will be featured in MFEC’s 2017 Calendar!

In “Needs and Wants,” creativity is highly encouraged. Children must illustrate their understanding of the important concept that a person’s needs and wants must both come from one source – their income – and it is not an unlimited source. Remember to use a lot of fun colors and fill the space!

  • Needs - things that we need to survive
  • Wants – things that we would like to have


Poster Contest Materials

Participants can create their “Needs and Wants” posters creatively on the submission template provided below.  Please read the Contest Guidelines and prepare a Contest Permission form to accompany each entry.

2017 Poster Contest Permission Form

2017 Poster Contest Guidelines

2017 Poster Contest Submission Template

JumpStart National Educator Conference

Scholarships Available to Attend the 2016 Jump$tart National Educator Conference


The Montana Financial Education Coalition (MFEC) is offering two scholarships for Montana Teachers (PreK–12) to attend the Jump$tart National Educator Conference, November 5–7, 2016 in Dallas.

This conference offers classroom educators an opportunity to see, learn about, and try financial educational resources to integrate immediately into current lesson plans; to attend informative financial education workshops under three different strands—advocacy, curriculum/content, and personal growth; to meet with leaders from finance and education; and to network with colleagues from across the country.  View the conference details:



To apply for one of two MFEC scholarships that will cover the registration fee ($425) and transportation (up to $575) applicants must submit the following in letter format: (limit of 3 single spaced pages).

  1. Applicant’s name, position, school (with a brief description of responsibilities).
  2. Number of years of teaching.
  3. Titles of courses taught during the past three years. Please specify which courses include personal finance.
  4. Statement describing how the applicant anticipates using the information from the conference in their classroom.
  5. Attach a letter from administrator with approval to attend the conference.
  6. Submit application to Megan Vincent,, by Friday, September 30, 2016.


How does the applicant share what was learned with the MFEC and other educators?  The application can choose what method of sharing works best in their situation for 1 and 2.

  1. Prepare a poster or power point presentation to share what you learned at the conference during one of the quarterly MFEC Board meetings (to be determined between the board and successful applicant). May be done in person or via technology.
  2. Share the poster or power point presentation and during the MAFCS meeting April 20 – 21, 2017; MATCE in October 2017; or something in your district/region as agreed to by the MFEC Executive Board.
  3. Write a short article for the FCS e-newsletter highlighting one concept you learned and will be implementing directly into your classroom.

PENNY: Money Matters for Montana Women Conference in Billings

On August 23, 2016, Montana’s Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica J. Lindeen will bring women together for a free, one-day workshop to talk about money: no financial experience necessary.

At Penny, attendees will learn about how women think, spend, and invest money differently. They’ll also get the chance to build their own financial confidence and skills through practical breakout sessions designed to meet the needs of women at different stages-of-life.

 Sign up to stay in touch about Penny HERE!


The Penny conference will be hosted at the MSU Billings Library. At Penny, attendees will build financial confidence, competence, and networks through:

  • Inspirational and energizing personals stories from people who have made life-changing financial decisions;
  • Practical break-out sessions from designing budgets to salary negotiation;
  • Discussions on the unique strengths of women who invest, and how to avoid fraud; and
  • So much more (check it all out here.)

Register today!