my529 sponsors 13th annual Make Your Mark scholarship contest


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September 1, 2022

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Students design bookmarks for chance to win $1,000 college savings scholarships

(Salt Lake City) Shake off the end of summer blues and get ready to create. my529’s 13th annual Make Your Mark contest offers students an artistic opportunity 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 in my529 advertisements and other outreach materials.

The contest runs September 1 through October 3, 2022.

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

“Make Your Mark is a chance for students to demonstrate their creativity while also planning ahead,” said Richard Ellis, my529 executive director. “Families can take advantage of the opportunity to prepare for the costs of college, technical college or trade school now to ease those future expenses.”

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

my529 has made more than $129,000 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. Scholarship accounts can be used at any higher education institution—including universities, colleges, trade and technical colleges in the United States or abroad—that is qualified to participate in federal student aid programs. (Visit for a list of eligible schools.)

“A successful future is our goal for every Utah student,” said Gov. Cox. “Saving toward postsecondary education helps families plan ahead for the training and education needed to create opportunities.”

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About Utah System of Higher Education

The Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) is governed by the Utah Board of Higher Education and is comprised of Utah’s 16 public colleges and universities. The CEO of USHE is the Commissioner of Higher Education. For more information, visit

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