my529 sponsors 12th annual Make Your Mark scholarship contest


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September 1, 2021

Students design original artwork, compete for $1,000 college savings scholarships

(Salt Lake City) Grab a crayon, colored pencil, brush or stylus. my529’s 12th annual Make Your Mark contest offers students a creative outlet that could net them a $1,000 scholarship.

Make Your Mark, sponsored by my529 and the Utah System of Higher Education, raises awareness of saving for future educational expenses. The contest lets Utah students display their talents by creating an original bookmark design for a chance to win the college savings scholarship.

Eight Utah students in kindergarten through grade 12 will each receive a $1,000 college savings scholarship for their winning bookmark designs. In addition to the scholarship account, each winner may see their artwork professionally reproduced.

The contest runs September 1 through September 30, 2021.

Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox designated September as College Savings Month for the state of Utah, in conjunction with the national . Each year, my529 sponsors Make Your Mark in celebration.

“Make Your Mark gives students a chance to earn my529 scholarship funds while focusing on their educational futures,” said Richard Ellis, my529 executive director. “Whether that means college, technical school or trade school, families can prepare now for costs they will incur later.”

“my529 is pleased to provide scholarships that can help make a difference,” Ellis said.

my529 has made more than $115,000 in scholarships available to Make Your Mark participants over the life of the contest.

Students are eligible to enter if they are enrolled in a Utah school or are home-schooled in Utah. Parents or guardians are not required to own a my529 account. There is no purchase necessary to enter.

“Education provides a path for Utah students toward a brighter future,” said Gov. Cox. “As families plan for what’s ahead, saving for postsecondary education helps them build a college-going mindset and creates opportunities.”

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About Utah System of Higher Education

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