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The AZ529 Essay Writing Contest

What is your child’s dream job? How do they plan to achieve it?

Celebrate the future with the AZ529 Education Savings Program 2021 Essay Writing Contest hosted by Arizona State Treasurer Kimberly Yee. Ask your child to share his or her plans, thoughts and dreams for a chance to earn $529 for their future education needs.

Contest Details

WHO: All current 5th grade students in Arizona (including public, district/charter, private and home-school).

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

WHEN: Entries are accepted through May 29th, 2021 at 11:59 PM (MST).

WHERE: Essays may be submitted online, using the upload button on this page or entries may also be mailed to:

5th Grade Essay Writing Contest
c/o Davidson Belluso
4105 N. 20th St., Suite 155
Phoenix, AZ 85016

WHY: Because winning $529 towards a new or existing AZ529 Education Savings Plan is an incredible way to close out 5th grade! Twenty (20) vouchers, each in the amount of $529 will be awarded towards an AZ529 Education Savings Plan, one from each of Arizona’s 15 counties, with an additional five 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!

Contest Entry Form

Official Contest Rules

  • One (1) original entry per person
  • HOW TO ENTER: Essays must be submitted through the official contest web page or mailed to “5th Grade Essay Writing Contest, c/o Davidson Belluso, 4105 N. 20th St., Suite 155, Phoenix, AZ 85016.” Entries must be postmarked no later than May 29, 2021.
  • 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 30 percent for originality, 30 percent for organization and 40 percent for overall content. Any ties will be broken based on an additional score for overall readability and adherence to the contest theme.
  • ELIGIBILITY: All participants must be Arizona residents, currently enrolled in 5th grade as of August 2020. The parent or legal guardian submitting an entry on behalf of the minor must also be an Arizona resident.
  • PRIZES: Twenty (20) vouchers, each in the amount of $529, will be awarded toward an AZ529 Education Savings Plan, one from each of Arizona’s 15 counties, with an additional five awarded between Maricopa and Pima Counties. Any prizes not awarded due to lack of entries for a specific county will be awarded to a statewide winner. 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 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, Arizona’s Education Savings Program 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.
  • 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, College Savings Bank and Waddell & Reed, Inc. 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.

The 20 winners will be declared by a panel of judges. The panel will include at least one representative from Arizona’s Education Savings Plan. The panel will read and judge each essay based on originality, organization and content.

The AZ529 Education Savings Plan is a designated account to save for qualified higher education expenses. Contributions to this account grow on a tax-deferred basis. Funds in an AZ529 account can be used for tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, a computer, internet services and other related educational expenses.

If your child wins, you will receive a $529 voucher towards an AZ529 Education Savings Plan. AZ529 funds can be used to pay for higher education institutions across the country and some schools abroad. There is no obligation to use the winning funds at a specific vocational school, college or university.

AZ529 funds can be used for education expenses including tuition and fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for an accredited post-secondary institution or participation in an apprenticeship program registered and certified with the Secretary of Labor under section 1 of the National. AZ529 account funds can also be used for qualified student loan repayments, up to a lifetime maximum of $10,000 per beneficiary. Students who are enrolled at least half-time may use AZ529 account funds for room and board expenses.

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