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Georgia Students Win Money for College by Sharing Their Dreams for the Future

May 17, 2021

Nine Georgia children were awarded a contribution to their Path2College 529 Plan account as winners of the “My Life’s Dream Challenge.” The challenge encouraged students across the state to create an original work detailing their life’s dream, and the winners were awarded $1,529.

Winners included:

  • Daylen Tolbert, a five-year-old student at Child’s World Comprehensive Learning Center, whose entry highlighted who he is, “an achiever, believer, dreamer, leader,” along with what he will become, “a boy who will achieve, lead, love to read and succeed.”
  • Isla, Clara and Heidi Hamil, students at Carrollton Elementary School, who shared that Heidi wants to be a teacher, Clara wants to be a veterinarian, and Isla wants to be a videographer. The sisters shared their dreams through a video written and produced by Isla.
  • Brianna Cobb, a 14-year-old student at McCleskey Middle School in Marietta, who shared her dream of becoming an OB/GYN doctor and improving health for all women and bringing life into the world through a video narrated by her mother.
  • Melissa Gooch, an 11-year-old student at Saint Francis Xavier school in Brunswick, who shared her dream of becoming a meteorologist and reporter through a “4th Grade News” video.
  • Victoria Cliff, an 18-year-old in Thomaston shared her dreams, entitled “Just too many to list,” through a drawing of imagining graphics, arts, video game design and literature.
  • Anupama Arvind of Alpharetta, submitted a drawing imagining all she could become to share her life’s dream.
  • Sanjana Krishnan, of Alpharetta, submitted a written piece describing the different directions her life could a mother and wife or leading a famous and powerful life alone...but ultimately, her life’s dream is to be happy.

Winners were chosen from four regions of the state and were judged based on creativity and originality. Winning entries can be viewed here.

“Thinking about and planning for the future helps ensure success,” said Georgia Student Finance Commission President Lynne Riley. “We had entries from children across the state, and it was clear that this challenge got them thinking about their future. Participation in the contest helps motivate them to achieve their academic goals, and creating a financial plan is an excellent way to provide for that success.”

To learn more about the state’s college savings plan, the Path2College 529 Plan, visit

To learn more about the Path2College 529 Plan, its investment objectives, tax benefits, risks, and costs please see the Plan Description at Read it carefully. Investments in the Plan are neither insured nor guaranteed and there is the risk of investment loss. Check with your home state to learn if it offers tax or other benefits such as financial aid, scholarship funds or protection from creditors only available for investing in its own 529 plan. Consult your legal or tax professional for tax advice. If the funds aren’t used for qualified higher education expenses, a 10% penalty tax on earnings (as well as federal and state income taxes) may apply.

TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services, LLC, Member FINRA, distributor and underwriter for the Path2College 529 Plan.

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