- Associated Press - Sunday, January 31, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Schoolchildren from across West Virginia can win cash to be applied for higher education expenses through an essay contest.

The ninth annual SMART529 “When I Grow Up” contest is open to students in kindergarten through fifth grades. Teachers in those grades also can enter a separate contest.

A total of 15 student winners will be announced later this year. Each will receive $500 toward a SMART529 investment account. The deadline for entries is Feb. 26. Each winner’s school also will receive a $500 cash award.

Entry forms are available at elementary schools throughout the state and at www.SMART529.com .

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