Virginia Saves in Northern Virginia

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2nd Annual America Saves Essay Contest


Alexandria and Arlington high school students wrote about their experience with saving money for our America Saves Week essay contest. They answered the following questions regarding Self-Motivation and Delayed Gratification for Saving:

  • What is something you saved for and why?
  • How did you motivate yourself to save for a future purchase?
  • What other purchases/opportunities did you forgo to achieve your goal?

Students competed for the following prizes, made possibly by America Saves, Arlington Community Federal Credit Union and CommonWealth One Federal Credit Union:

  • 1st place = $650
  • 2nd place = $400
  • 3rd place = $200

Virginia Cooperative Extension (the City of Alexandria & Arlington) will unveil the winners on Thursday, February 25th, 2016 at Fairlington Community Center in Arlington. The ceremony starts at 7:00 p.m.* The community center is at 3308 S Stafford Street, and the center has a small parking lot. 

*Winners do not have to be present to win. Winners must complete a W9 form to receive prizes, prizes will be mailed and may take up to a month to receive check in the mail. 


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Northern Virginia Saves 
Campaign Coordinator
Meggan Orenstein
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3308 S. Stafford Street
Arlington, VA 22206



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