Chance for Young Artists to Win MACS Scholarships
Registration is now open for students in pre-Kindergarten through 12 th Grade to register for the 5 th Annual College Savings Mississippi Art Contest. Students can compete for more than $3,600 in Mississippi Affordable College Savings (MACS) scholarships by submitting their original artwork answering the question, What do you want to be when you grow up ?

Since Fiscal Year 2014, when College Savings Mississippi started using scholarship opportunities like this to promote savings through MACS and MPACT, we have given away more than $100,000 in MACS scholarships to students. Not only does it promote the mission of College Savings Mississippi, it helps jumpstart Mississippians’ savings.

The Art Contest is open to students at public, private, or religious schools, as well as homeschooled students. First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded in four age categories: pre-kindergarten to 2 nd Grade, 2rd to 5 th Grades, 6 th to 8 th Grades, and 9 th to 12 th Grades. Scholarships range from $100 for third place winners to $529 for first place winners. An additional prize of a $100 MACS scholarship will be awarded to the teacher or classroom with the most entries to be awarded as the teacher deems appropriate.

Younger students, through 5 th Grade, will use a specified entry form, but older students, 6 th -12 th Grades, will submit their original 8.5” x 11” artwork using a medium of their choice. All the information you need to register, including official rules, registration forms, and entry forms for younger students, can be found here . Check it out soon because registration closes on February 28.
Talking about Financial Education in Meridian
Last week, I had the opportunity to speak to students and teachers at Meridian High School’s Ninth Grade Academy about the importance of financial education. Meridian High School is one of over 350 schools that currently participates in my TEAM (Treasurer’s Education About Money) initiative. TEAM brings financial education teacher training and curricular resources to schools through a public-private partnership so there is no cost to schools, teachers, parents, or students.

TEAM is now in its fourth year in Mississippi schools. In our first three years, over 66,000 students engaged in the program for a total of more than 255,000 learning hours. And, in benchmark assessments, these students are experiencing an average 92% improvement in their financial awareness. Plus, TEAM has trained over 1,200 teachers across the State, expanding the reach of our financial education program even beyond the students enrolled in specific financial education classes.

It is so exciting to meet with people like Meridian Superintendent Dr. Amy Carter, Principal Shevonda Truman, and Dropout Prevention Coordinator Deidre Bland to talk about how we can reach even more students at Meridian High School with TEAM. It is even more exciting to see how engaged these students are in learning the life skills that will help them achieve their dreams and goals.
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