Sixth Annual College Savings Mississippi
Art Contest Kicks Off Today
College Savings Mississippi is running its sixth annual Art Contest today, January 7 through February 28. Mississippi students from Pre-Kindergarten through 12 th Grade can enter by submitting their original artwork answering the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

A total of over $3,600 in Mississippi Affordable College Savings (MACS) scholarships will be awarded to the student winners, including a $100 MACS scholarship to the teacher or classroom with the most entries. Students will compete in four different age categories: Pre-Kindergarten through 2 nd Grade, 3 rd through 5 th Grades, 6 th through 8 th Grades, and 9 th through 12 th Grades. A $529 MACS scholarship will be awarded to the first place winner in each category. The second place winner in each category will win a $250 MACS scholarship, and each third place winner will win a $100 MACS scholarship. 

All winners will also be invited to a reception this Spring where their work will be displayed and their accomplishments will be honored.

Students up to 5 th Grade must use an official entry form, which can be found here . Students in grades 6 through 12 may submit art of any medium sized 8 ½” x 11”. Rules, entry forms, registration forms, and judging criteria can all be found on my website .

Since I took office, we have distributed more than $120,000 in MACS scholarships through the Art Contest and other opportunities that promote college savings and help students get a jumpstart on their own accounts. The artwork submitted by students of all ages shows so much talent and we proudly display them in the reception area of my office in Jackson. I encourage you to come see their impressive little masterpieces!
Nearly $1.6 Million in Unclaimed Property Found at the 2018 State Fair
Each year since 2013, my office has hosted a booth at the Mississippi State Fair to help people find and claim their unclaimed property. The booth this past year was a great success with 1,342 claims paid for a total of $1,593,073.22.

Over the course of these 6 years, we have reunited Mississippians with more than $12.6 million in unclaimed property through the State Fair. This is just one of our great outreach events that we host throughout the year and all across the State to help make the process of finding your money easier and more convenient. You can also check the State’s unclaimed property list on my website any time.
Check Out the Fiscal Year 2018
Annual Report
Each year, my office compiles an annual report to show the various activities of the year. The Fiscal Year 2018 report, showing our work from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, is now available and I encourage you to take a look . Among the highlights of the year:

  • Chairing the Board of Trustees for the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) and adopting a new funding policy to improve the long-term sustainability of the System.
  • Expanding outreach to make it even easier for citizens to get their unclaimed property, resulting in distribution of over $15.3 million in FY2018.
  • Using secure electronic reporting and a business- friendly model for unclaimed property reporting to boost the amount of money we can return to citizens, including over $48.5 million in FY2018.
  • Catching forgeries and counterfeits that would have cheated Mississippi taxpayers out of $40,711.53.
  • Helping Mississippians take advantage of new federal tax laws to allow them to use their Mississippi Affordable College Savings (MACS) funds for private and religious K-12 tuition.
  • Partnering with nearly 200 Mississippi employers to offer College Savings Mississippi through payroll deposit.
  • Distributing $22,328 in MACS scholarships over the course of FY2018.
  • Using my public-private partnership, TEAM or Treasurer’s Education About Money, to provide free resources for 46,473 students to get financial education.
  • Working with the Mississippi Department of Education to develop the curriculum that will soon be in place statewide to make Mississippi the 18th state in the U.S. to require financial education in school.
  • Managing nearly $4.2 billion in State debt, completing four bond deals in FY2018, and saving Mississippi taxpayers over $150 million by proactive management of that debt over my tenure as Treasurer.
  • Securing an update to the State investment statute to provide more options for investing your money and to keep pace with a changing financial marketplace.
  • Earning nearly $73 million in interest for Mississippi taxpayers in FY2018.
Office of the Mississippi State Treasurer
Post Office Box 138
Jackson, Mississippi 39205
P: 601.359.3600 / F: 601.359.2001