my529 sponsors 14th annual Make Your Mark contest


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September 1, 2023

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

(Salt Lake City) Celebrate back to school with an opportunity to get creative. my529’s 14th 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 one of eight college savings scholarships.

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 2, 2023.

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.

“Through the Make Your Mark Contest, students are given an opportunity to exercise their creativity while also thinking about future plans,” said Richard Ellis, my529 executive director. “Families can take advantage of the opportunity to prepare for the future costs of college, technical college or trade school.”

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

my529 has made more than $143,000 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 the costs of future training and education helps families and students as they work to reach their goals.”

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About the Utah System of Higher Education

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The Make Your Mark contest lets Utah students display their talents by creating an original bookmark design for a chance to win one of eight college savings scholarships.

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