Kentucky students can win $1,000 toward college, $500 for their school

FRANKFORT, Ky. — More Kentucky students will have a chance this year to win money toward college and $500 for their school in the “Dream Out Loud Challenge.”

Students are invited to submit an original drawing, poem, essay or video answering the question: “How will I change the world after I go to college?”

The annual challenge, sponsored by the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust (KESPT), is intended to encourage Kentucky families to start saving and planning for higher education with their children. The contest runs from Jan. 18 through March 18. Entries must be postmarked by March 18 and received by March 25.

The contest has two categories: drawing or video and essay or poem. One winner will be chosen from each category in grades Pre-K and K, grades 1 and 2, grades 3 and 4 and grades 5 and 6. In the past, only six winners were chosen. The winning students will receive a $1,000 KESPT college savings account, and their schools will win $500.

“We have seen an incredible response from schools and children statewide each year that we have sponsored the Dream Out Loud Challenge,” KESPT administrator David Lawhorn said. “The challenge encourages children to dream about their future and to talk about college and their future at a young age, which benefits the entire state.”

KESPT is Kentucky’s official college savings plan. It is administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority and managed by TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing. The plan helps parents, grandparents and others invest in a child’s future college education. No public funding is used for KESPT marketing, promotions or contest awards. Funding is provided by TIAA-CREF program manager for KESPT.

Visit to learn more about the challenge, including official rules and a complete description of entry requirements. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.

To learn how to plan and prepare for higher education, go to For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602; or call 800-928-8926, ext. 6-7214.



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