Edward P. Berry III, an 18-year-old from Palmetto, was awarded $1,529 for his college savings as one of five statewide winners of the Path2College 529 Plan’s My Life’s Dream Challenge.
Winners were chosen across the state based on the creativity and originality of a video, picture, drawing, poem or essay.
On behalf of Edward, his mother, Diane Berry, submitted a written description of his life’s dream, which highlighted his vision for himself. Berry’s, along with the other winning entries, can be found at www.path2college529.com/dream .
“Being chosen as one of the winners for the ‘My Life's Dream’ challenge has become a dream come true! I opened accounts for all three of my children in 2008, and cannot stress enough how helpful this savings tool has been in helping to fund their education,” Diane said. “My youngest son is starting college this August and this prize will definitely help with some of the tuition. We currently have two of our children now in college, so this is a tremendous gift with great timing.”
The Path2College 529 Plan launched the challenge in May as a way to inspire Georgia children to think positively about their future and dreams.
“This year has created drastic changes to daily life for families, which can be frustrating and cause children to question their future plans. We wanted to provide a fun way for children to express what they would like their future to be — to get them dreaming and even more importantly creating a plan to achieve those dreams,” said Lynne Riley, president of the Georgia Student Finance Commission which partners with the Office of the State Treasurer to administer the Path2College 529 Plan for the state of Georgia.
“Hopefully this contribution will help Edward achieve his goals, and maybe his story will inspire others as well,” Riley said.