Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I get help with my entry?
For questions or help with your online entry, please contact us here. We will accept your inquiry at any time and we are committed to responding to every email within 2 business days.
How many prizes are available and what is their value?
There are twelve (12) cash prizes of $750 each to be awarded. There is a total of $9,000 in prizes available.
What is the contest deadline?
The contest deadline is Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. ET.
If you are located outside of the Eastern Time Zone, please make sure to take note of what your corresponding deadline will be:
- Pacific: Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 12:00 pm (noon)
- Mountain: Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 1:00 pm
- Central: Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm
- Atlantic: Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 4:00 pm
- Newfoundland and Labrador: Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 4:30 pm
Winners will be contacted and announced by late summer 2015.
What are the eligibility requirements?
To be eligible for the Dictionary for Dollars Contest, you must meet the following criteria:
- Be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada, or an international student on a student visa (permit must be for one year or longer)
- Be 13 years old or older at the time of entry
- Be a student currently enrolled at a Canadian high school on a full-time or part-time basis
- Be a member of yconic
- Submit an online entry by Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. ET
Employees of Scotiabank, yconic, or its subsidiaries, affiliates, agents or representatives, and members of the immediate families and persons domiciled with such employees, are not eligible to receive a prize. Members of the immediate family of an employee include the employee’s parents, children and siblings.
Being a customer of Scotiabank or not being a customer of Scotiabank will not be a factor nor have any weight in determining if the entrant will be eligible for a prize.
Are high school students who have already graduated eligible?
Students who have already graduated high school and are returning for additional courses are eligible, as long as they are attending school on a full-time or part-time basis.
I am in Grade 9/10/11/12, but my school is not a “high school” in name. Am I still eligible?
If you attend a Canadian junior high or all-grade school and you are in Grade 9, 10, 11, or 12, you are eligible to enter as long as you also meet all the other eligibility criteria.
Are CEGEP (Quebec only) students eligible?
An entrant must be a student currently enrolled at a Canadian high school on a full-time or part-time basis. CEGEP students are not eligible for this program.
What is your definition of a full-time or part-time student?
The definition of “full-time” or “part-time” student is determined by your high school. If you are uncertain if you would qualify as a full-time or part-time student, please ask a teacher or guidance counsellor at your school.
I’m still waiting for my permanent Canadian resident status or International student status to be approved. Am I eligible to enter?
Yes. However, you must ensure your permanent residence or international student status has been approved and finalized at the time the Dictionary for Dollars Contest finalists are verified.
I attend a high school outside of Canada as part of a year-abroad program. Am I still eligible to enter?
You may still be eligible to enter provided you are participating in an exchange program as part of your course curriculum at a Canadian high school (your graduation diploma must be issued from a Canadian high school).
What is the age of majority in my province/territory?
Provinces where the age of majority is 18:
- Prince Edward Island
Provinces and territories where the age of majority is 19:
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Northwest Territories
- Nova Scotia
How are contest entries evaluated?
All qualifying entries will be evaluated by a judging panel comprised of educators, community members and representatives of Scotiabank and yconic.
The following criteria will be used for evaluation:
- Grammar, spelling and clarity of thought and communication of content – 20%
- Creativity/originality – 20%
- Overall quality of content, including accuracy with the definition (as determined by Scotiabank or its designate) – 60%
Being a customer of Scotiabank or not being a customer of Scotiabank will not be a factor nor have any weight in the evaluation process.
Are there any tips for submitting an idea?
The goal of your definition is to explain the financial term you selected to other students in an easy-to-understand way.
Some tips to consider:
- Use examples
- Try to make your definition interesting or fun
- Show your entry to other students and ask them if they understand your definition
- Read relevant sections out loud; if you find that you stumble, your entry may not be clear
- Make sure any visuals or handwriting are clear and legible
- Check your spelling and grammar
Remember: Please do not include any of your personal information, such as names, addresses or schools, in your definition examples. If you would like to use names or places as part of your examples, please make up the names, for example: Max the Money Saver, ABCD Bank.
If I am selected, will I need to provide any other information?
yconic may require finalists to submit proof of age, and/or proof of citizenship, and/or proof of enrollment at a Canadian high school.
What was the Student Selfie Contest?
The Student Selfie Contest was a High School Challenge where entrants were required to take a selfie photograph with a question about money in their photo.
There were nine (9) prize packs available to be awarded.
Each prize pack included:
- $400 cash prize
- GoPro® Hero3+ Silver Edition Camera CHDHN-302 (ARV = $330)
- $50 Shutterfly® gift card
The contest entry period was August 27 to October 28, 2014. The contest is now closed.
What was the Show Them the Money Contest?
The Show Them the Money Contest was a High School Challenge where entrants were required to submit ideas on how to help students learn about money and/or improve their money management skills.
There was a total of $12,000 in prizes awarded:
- Five (5) cash prizes of $2,000 each were awarded to the best money/money management ideas
- Five (5) cash prizes of $400 each were awarded to entrants who shared the Show Them the Money Contest with their friends
The contest entry period was November 10, 2014 to January 21, 2015. The contest is now closed.
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