"When I Grow Up" Essay Contest


Dreaming Big Could Win Your Child $5,000 for College
10th Annual "When I Grow Up" Essay Contest

Encourage your child to enter this year’s contest for a chance to win. Entry forms and contest rules can be downloaded here. All your child has to do is fill out the entry form, get your signature and answer, in 100 words or less, “When I grow up, I want to be a/an _________ because….”


Artwork may be submitted in addition to the entry form and essay. Entries must be postmarked by 11:59 pm February 24th, 2017.

The contest is open to West Virginia children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. A winner will be selected from each of three grade level categories (Kindergarten – 1st, 2nd – 3rd, and 4th – 5th) in five regions of the state for a total of 15 regional winners. Each regional winner will receive a $500 SMART529 account. Each regional winner’s school will receive $500.

The fifteen regional winners will then be eligible to win an additional $4,500 SMART529 account and will be asked to attend a September press conference and event in Charleston, WV.

Regional winner selections will be based on criteria including originality, creativity and the importance of post-secondary education in the chosen field. The grand prize winner will be randomly selected by drawing from the names of the 15 regional winners.

No matter what your child’s dream – to be an astronaut, chef, teacher or doctor – college is a must. Encourage your child to dream big and enter this year’s contest!

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Updated 07/19/2016