What Does Your Child Want to Be When He or She Graduates from College?

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A teacher? A pilot? A professional soccer player? In the spirit of promoting arts education and the advantages of a college education, MEFA and the Department of Education are happy to announce the Sixth Annual College Savings Art Competition, "What Do I Want to Be When I Graduate from College?"

This popular competition is open to Massachusetts students in grades three, four and five, at all public, private, charter and home-based schools.

The contest is simple. Each student should submit one piece of artwork illustrating what they hope to be when they graduate from college. MEFA will award three winners at each grade level with a monetary prize — up to $5,000 — made payable to a MEFA U.FundĀ® College Investing Plan account administered by MEFA and managed by Fidelity Investments.

All entrants will receive a certificate commemorating their participation. The schools with the highest percentage of entries will also win prizes.

As a parent, you understand the importance of a college education. This contest is designed to help your child to think about the future, and of all the exciting possibilities that may lie ahead of him or her.

Information about the College Savings Art Competition, past winning entries, and official rules can be found on MEFA's Web site at www.mefa.org/contest. Materials are also available in Spanish. If you have any questions about this program, please give us a call at 800-449-MEFA (6332).

The contest deadline is Nov. 20, 2009. Please encourage your child to participate — it's fun, thought provoking, and may just help pay for college!