congratulations - great acheivement Here's a suggestion for the use of your prize money: Set aside 1/2 and put into a savings or some other account. This will apply towards your tuitions or other education. From the remaining half set aside roughly $25 to $40, and buy a nice little dinner (nothing fancy or expensive) for your parents and family. Pizza or fried chicken or even burgers will do, but you should give them something back. Set aside another amount and repay any outstanding debts or other money owing. Offer to pay for some of the fees you may have encountered during the year for education to your parents. Most likely they will not accept it, but the gesture should be made. Remaining money - use it on your racquet, whatever it may be. Enjoy it free of guilt!