Charleston, WV (WOAY)- Treasurer Riley Moore kicks off the statewide Smart529 “When I Grow Up”Student and Teacher essay contest.
Participating students from kindergarten to fifth grade will have the opportunity to win $5,000 in Smart529 savings for higher education.
Teachers also have a chance to win a $2,500 cash prize.
Essay entries will be judged among five regions in three age groups for a total of 15 regional winners.
The regional breakdown is as follows:
- Region I – Beckley/Bluefield area
- Region II – Charleston/Huntington area
- Region III – Clarksburg/Weston area
- Region IV – Martinsburg area
- Region V – Wheeling area
The 15 winners will be awarded $500 invested in a Smart529 college savings account and earn a $500 cash award for their schools.
A grand prize winner will be randomly chosen from the pool of regional winners to receive $5,000 in scholarship money.
Kindergarten through fifth-grade teachers also have a chance to compete in the teacher portion of the contest for a cash prize of $2,500.
The SMART529 When I Grow Up essay contest allows students to submit, in 100 words or less, an essay that explains what they want to be when they grow up. Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, and the importance of post-secondary education.
Anyone that wants to participate in the contest can visit Smart529.Com to complete an entry form.
The deadline for applications and essay submissions is February 24.