West Virginia Treasurer, John D. Perdue, made a stop at Middle Creek Elementary School to motivate students to get involved in the annual Smart529 When I Grow Up essay contest.
The contest is designed to give students in grades K through 5 the opportunity to earn $500 that would be invested into a Smart529 college savings account. The school of each winner will also receive a $500 cash prize.
Third grade student, Levi McConnell was selected as a winner in 2012 for his essay on becoming a marine biologist.
“We’re here today to really encourage these young students here to dream about going to college and to promote our college savings program, The Smart529 Savings Program in the state and we’ll have an essay contest where they dream about what they want to be when they grow up,” said Perdue.
The essay these students can submit should be one hundred words or less, on what they would like to be when they grow up.
In total, there is $20,000 in scholarship money up for grabs for the students across West Virginia, and the teachers of these students can also get in on a chance to win some cash.
The winning teacher will get $2,500.