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