Dreaming Big Could Win Your Child $5,000 for College

Encourage your child to enter the 'When I Grow Up' essay contest for a chance to win up to $5,000 in a SMART529 College Savings account.

What does your child dream of being when they grow up? A chef, storyboard artist or interior designer? Encourage your child to enter the 2019 “When I Grow Up” essay contest for a chance to win up to $5,000 in a SMART529 College Savings account. Complete and sign the entry form, and have your child answer, in 100 words or less, “When I grow up, I want to be a/an _________ because….” Entry forms and contest rules can be downloaded here

Artwork may be submitted in addition to the entry form and essay. All entries must be postmarked by 11:59 pm Friday, February 22, 2019.

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, and each regional winner’s school or the homeschool association of the guardians’ choice will receive $500.

Regional winner selections are based on criteria including originality, creativity and the importance of post-secondary education in the chosen field.

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, West Virginia where a grand-prize winner will be randomly selected.

No matter what your child’s dream, college is a must. Encourage your child to dream big, and enter this year’s contest!