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Essay contest: 20 Arizona fifth-graders will win $529 toward a college savings plan

The Arizona 529 College Savings Program has launched its first-ever essay-writing contest for fifth-graders. Twenty winning essayists — one from each of Arizona’s 15 counties, plus five additional winners in Maricopa and/or Pima counties — will get $529 to put toward an AZ529 College Savings Plan. The winnings will total more than $10,500.

The essay theme is: “I’ll change the world in 20 years by. . .” Essays are due by midnight on Halloween. Fifth-grade teachers are encouraged to make the essay contest part of their curriculum.

“Thinking about the future and planning for college is extremely vital, even for elementary school students,” says Deena Lager, director of the Arizona Family College Savings Program. The contest commemorates the Arizona Family College Savings Plan’s 20th anniversary and hopes to raise awareness that an AZ529 plan can help a new generation of Arizonans to achieve their post-secondary goals and help prevent excessive student loan debt.

Mail essays to:

5th Grade Essay Writing Contest
Attn: Davidson Belluso
4105 N. 20th St., Suite 155
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Or submit online: az529.gov/essaycontest

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