MILLBURY, Mass. — State Sen. Michael Moore, D-Millbury, has announced a program to help students get money for college through an art contest. Students in kindergarten through grade 5 in the Second Worcester District are eligible to enter the 9th annual College Savings Art Competition and win up to $5,000 for college.
The contest, which awards U.Fund College Investing Plan accounts as prizes, asks Massachusetts students to submit artwork depicting “What do I want to be when I graduate from college?”
“This contest is a creative, innovative way to introduce the idea of college to young students, and save some money along the way,” Moore said. “I hope kids throughout the district will participate in this program, and enter to win.
"I think it is a great initiative, it focuses on the arts and on the economy,” he added. “People don’t realize the benefits of having someone with the creativity people in the arts have, that can benefit our economy. We are proud to support this initiative."
The art competition, expanded this year to include six grade levels, is sponsored by MEFA (Mass Educational Financing Authority), with support from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. MEFA, the state’s nonprofit resource for families seeking college financing solutions, offers parents low-cost college loans and ways to save for college, including the U.Fund College Investing Plan, a tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan.
Nine finalists will be selected to receive three first-place prizes of $5,000 in a U.Fund College Investing Plan account, three second-place prizes of $2,000 in a U.Fund account and three third-place prizes of $1,000 in a U.Fund account.
The deadline for submitting artwork to MEFA is October 31,, 2012 at 5 p.m. Winners will be announced on or about March 31, 2013. Students must live in Massachusetts and may attend any public, private, charter or home-based school.
For more information about the College Savings Art Competition, or to receive a copy of competition rules and entry forms, visit http://www.mefa.org/contest or call 1-800-449-MEFA.