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2016 PeerFinance101 Scholarship Winner!

We got more than 60 essays in for our 2016 Personal Finance scholarship with 35 making the cut to be published on the blog. It was a great two months of really inspiring messages about how you learned about money and some great financial habits!

It wasn’t easy choosing the best essay. There were so many that shared a great story and some excellent advice for all our readers. In the end, it came down to a few articles that went viral on social media.

Congratulations to Ivetka O’Malley, a student at Maricopa Community College in Arizona, and her essay on how her father turned something as simple as Goldfish crackers into a life-long lesson about money. The article got more than 177 shares across Facebook, LinkedIn and Pinterest and was one of the most popular on the blog.

I’ll be contacting Ivetka and Maricopa Community College this week to arrange for the scholarship. Congratulations to everyone that sent in an essay. Too many people take their life lessons in personal finance for granted. Hopefully, taking the time to think about how you learned about money has helped you solidify the lesson.

Joseph Hogue, CFAAbout Joseph Hogue

An investment analyst by profession, I run two blogs (Crowd101 and PeerFinance101) in personal finance, peer lending and crowdfunding. I've been on both sides of the table as a lender and a borrower and am excited to be a part of the peer movement. With the power of the internet, people are helping other people manage debt and raise money in ways never before possible.

A veteran and Iowa-native, I now live in Colombia with my wife and son. Like so many people, I was once trapped into the money myth and what it means to be successful. After taking control of my finances and learning how to make money in a job I love, I found a level of financial freedom that just has to be shared.

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