Does your fifth grader want to win $529 to start a college fund?

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PHOENIX – Graham and Greenlee county fifth-graders could be awarded $529 to start a college fund if they submit a winning essay. 

Arizona’s Education Savings Plan “AZ529” is offering a $529 prize for a fifth-grader in each of Arizona’s 15 counties in its annual essay-writing contest. The prize will be awarded in the form of an AZ529 college savings account. So far, only four counties have entered at least one essay. No essays from Graham or Greenlee counties have been received as of Friday, May 14. 

The essay prompt is “What is your dream job and how do you plan on achieving it one day?” Essays can be submitted to The deadline to submit an essay is May 29. Twenty winners will be chosen, including at least one from each county in the state (as long as is an entry from each county).  

The essay challenge spreads awareness about Arizona’s Education Savings Plan and the importance of planning for future college/post-secondary savings. For more information visit  

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