Upshur County Schools announces ‘When I Grow Up’ SMART529 College Savings Contest

BUCKHANNON — West Virginia children in grades kindergarten through fifth may enter to win $5,000 toward higher education savings by participating in the “When I Grow Up” contest, sponsored by the SMART529 college savings program.

SMART529 savings are used to finance higher education at universities, vocational and technology schools, culinary schools, community colleges, and thousands of others nationwide.

To participate in the contest, children will write an essay in 100 words or less answering the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The deadline to submit entries is February 26, 2021.

The entries are broken down into three grade categories and five regions. Fifteen children will be awarded a $500 SMART529 college savings account. A grand prize winner will be selected from the 15 regional winners and will receive an additional $4,500 in his or her SMART529 account.

Winners will be honored at a press conference later in the year and will be invited to participate in a photo shoot to represent the 2022 SMART529 campaign.

Official entry forms and rules for the contest may be found online at or

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