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Contest Details

WHO: All current 5th grade students in any of Arizona’s district, charter, private, home-school or tribal schools.

HOW: Answer the question, “What is your dream job and how do you plan on achieving it in the future?” Responses need to be a minimum of three (3) paragraphs with a maximum of 350 words. The more creative, unique, and thought-provoking, the better!

WHEN: Entries accepted through October 2, 2022 at 11:59 PM (MST)

WHERE: Essays can be submitted online at AZ529.gov/essaycontest, using the upload button on this page (acceptable formats: Word, PDF or JPG). Or you can mail entries to:

5th Grade Essay Writing Contest
Office of the State Treasurer
Attn: Jeffrey O
1700 West Washington Street
#102, Phoenix, AZ 85007

WHY: Because winning $529 towards a new or existing AZ529 Education Savings Plan is an incredible way to launch your 5th graders’ future!

PRIZES: Twenty (20) prizes, each in the amount of $529 will be awarded towards a new or existing AZ529 Education Savings Plan. At least one (1) prize winner will be selected from each of Arizona’s 15 counties, and there will be at least one (1) winner from each of the following types of schools we have in Arizona: District, Charter, Private, Home-school and Tribal School. Up to five (5) additional prizes can be awarded between Maricopa and Pima Counties. More than $10,500 will be provided to 20 young students to assist in saving for their educational plans beyond high school!

Official Contest Rules

  • One (1) original entry per person
  • HOW TO ENTER:
    • All entries must be submitted online or postmarked by October 2, 2022 at 11:59 PM (MST).
    • 1) AZ529.gov/essaycontest, using the upload button on this page or;
    • 2) Through direct mail to:

5th Grade Essay Writing Contest
Office of the State Treasurer
Attn: Jeffrey O
1700 West Washington Street
#102, Phoenix, AZ 85007

  • Judging Criteria:
    • Entries will be judged and scored by a panel of judges, including representatives of the AZ529 Plan Advisory Committee.
    • Entries will be anonymously judged based on a scoring rubric of: 40 percent for overall content, 30 percent for originality and 30 percent for organization. Any ties will be broken based on an additional score for overall readability and grammar.
    • Judges will also ensure that a student is selected from one of the five (5) main types of schools in Arizona: District, Charter, Private, Home-school or Tribal School.
  • ELIGIBILITY: All participants must be Arizona residents, currently enrolled in 5th grade as of August 2022 in an Arizona school. The parent or legal guardian submitting an entry on behalf of the minor must also be an Arizona resident.
  • PRIZES: Twenty (20) winners will be selected to receive prizes, each in the amount of $529, towards a new or existing AZ529 Education Savings Plan. One winner will be selected from each of Arizona’s 15 counties with at least one (1) winner from each type of school: District, Charter, Private, Home-school and Tribal School. Up to five (5) additional winners can be selected between Maricopa and Pima Counties. All prizes will be conveyed through a direct contribution to a new or existing AZ529 account in the name of the winner or their parent/guardian. No cash prizes will be awarded.
  • WINNER SELECTION/VERIFICATION: Winners and their parents/guardians will be notified by phone and/or email after the close of the contest and completion of judging. To receive AZ529 funds, parents/guardians must submit verification of an open AZ529 account within 90 days after the award notification. If verification is not completed within 90 days of the notification, the prize will be forfeited.
  • AGREEMENT TO THE OFFICIAL RULES: By participating in the Contest, each Entrant fully and unconditionally agrees to accept these Official Rules and the decision of the sponsor and judges which are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest. No purchase necessary to enter or win.
  • AGREEMENT TO USE OF CONTENT: By submitting an entry, each participant (and their parent or legal guardian) agrees to allow The Office of the Arizona State Treasurer, AZ529, Arizona’s Education Savings Plan and its agents to use the content of each essay. Verbiage from selected essays may be shared online or in print for marketing purposes, either in full or in excerpts. The child’s last name will not be shared or posted online or in a social message but may be used in news releases or media coverage. Further, by submitting an entry, a parent or legal guardian agrees to allow AZ529 to use their own or their child’s likeness, photograph(s), video, voice, or name without costs of advertising, publicity, social media, or any other lawful purpose in any medium now known or hereafter, without any review or approval.
  • DISCLOSURE OF SPONSORS: The AZ529 Education Savings Plan is managed by the Arizona Education Savings Program, a division of The Office of the Arizona State Treasurer. Approved AZ529 Plan providers include Fidelity Investments and Goldman Sachs Asset Management. This contest is being managed by Davidson Belluso, marketing partner of the Arizona Education Savings Program.
  • TAX LIABILITY: The Sponsors and their agents make no representations as to the tax liability or deductibility of a prize. Each participant (and their parent or legal guardian) shall be solely responsible for filing and paying any taxes arising from the receipt of a prize.
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