Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

February 17, 2014

Plainfield fourth-grader wins money for college

Hendricks County Flyer

---- — Hoosier students — from kindergarten through high school — are being rewarded for planning to complete education beyond high school.

Learn More Indiana, an outreach initiative led by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, is awarding 13 students — one in each grade from kindergarten through high school seniors — with $529 in an Indiana CollegeChoice 529 Savings Plan. The students participated in a statewide “College GO! Week” contest this fall that asked them to describe how they’re planning for the future.

“We are pleased that thousands of students across Indiana took part in our College GO! Week contest this year,” Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers said in a press release. “Our student winners are taking purposeful steps to achieve their college aspirations, and we are happy to recognize them as a positive example for all Indiana students.”

The College GO! Week contest required students at each grade level to complete an age-appropriate college planning activity. Younger students described necessary tools for their dream careers, while high school students researched college majors and wrote essays on the courses needed to succeed in chosen careers. The 529 plans can be used for tuition, books, and other college-related expenses.

Among the statewide winners was fourth-grader Kaylee Prewitt from Clarks Creek Elementary School in the Plainfield Community School Corporation.

Learn More Indiana sponsors college success campaigns and related activities throughout the year, including the upcoming Cash for College campaign. Cash for College features a variety of free resources and special events designed to help students save for college, navigate the financial aid process, and more. For more information, visit the website at CashForCollegeIndiana.org.