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Bright Futures for 2011 Contest Winners

Pictured from left to right: Rachel Fama, Caitlyn Daniels, Jackson Akers, State Treasurer John Perdue.
CHARLESTON – Fifteen West Virginia school children are on their way to a brighter future through SMART529 after winning regional awards in the 2011 When I Grow Up essay contest.

The 15 were selected out of nearly 3,000 entries from all over West Virginia, and each wins a $500 SMART529 WV Direct account. An additional $4,500 in a SMART529 account was awarded to Taylor Islay of Wood County, a student at Parkersburg Catholic Elementary, whose name was selected during a random drawing held at the West Virginia Culture Center in Charleston on May 4. The schools the children attend were also winners; each received $500 to support school programs.

For the first time, SMART529 awarded $2,500 cash to a West Virginia teacher who wrote an essay about how she planned to use SMART529 lesson plans in her classroom to encourage children to think about going to college.

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SMART529 College Savings Program surpasses $2 billion in financial assets

Treasurer Perdue announces that the state SMART529 program has grown to $2 billion in assets.

West Virginia State Treasurer John Perdue recently joined with West Virginia Higher Education Policy Chancellor Paul Hill to announce that SMART529, West Virginia’s College Savings Plan, has surpassed $2 billion in financial assets.

“Reaching $2 billion in investments is a significant achievement for the SMART529 program,” said Treasurer Perdue. “It is evidence that more and more West Virginians are investing in the future of their children and preparing for life after high school. Saving for college has never been more important, with tuition costs rising and student debt climbing.”

The SMART529 College Savings Program was established 11 years ago under Treasurer Perdue’s leadership. Currently, SMART529 has more than 120,000 account owners.


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