10 Kids Across Tennessee Are Winners Of TNStars $1,000 Scholarships

Nashville — Ten Tennessee kids each won a $1,000 scholarship deposited into a TNStars College Savings 529 account in celebration of TNStars’ 10th Anniversary!

State Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr. and the TNStars College Savings 529 Program provided the scholarship as a giveaway during the TNStars Turns 10 celebration. The contest was open throughout August to any Tennessee resident age 21 or older to enter online on behalf of a child under the age of 10. These ten winners were randomly selected from each of the state’s Grand Divisions:

Jackson Butterfield, 8, from Collierville, excels at math and has a renewed interest in science. He loves sports and plays tight end on his tackle football team and is looking forward to playing basketball for another year this winter. Jackson wants to be a professional basketball player like Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies, but his interest in numbers and science may lure him into this field.
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David Weston Smith, 1, from Holladay, likes to be outside working on his little toy excavator or playing in the dirt. He loves singing into the microphone while his sister Maggie plays the piano. On the weekends, you can find him digging in the sand (with a real shovel) on a Tennessee River beach. [photo]
Jaidon Martin, 10, from Jackson, enjoys singing, listening to music, taekwondo, karate and taking family trips. Jaidon wants to become a lawyer or a music producer. [photo]
Harper Beard, 10, from Hendersonville, is a leader in her class and loves to travel and dance. She wants to be a marine biologist when she grows up. [photo]
Caroline Dodd, 3, from Franklin, is energetic and loves pretty much everything, especially her two older brothers; To make art; Bathe; and Bible lessons. She wants to be a mother, doctor and dentist when she grows up. [photo]
Luke Grove, 4, from Hendersonville, is a sweet and fun-loving kid with a big imagination who enjoys reading books and is a self-proclaimed “builder” who loves building and playing with Legos. When he grows up, he wants to be a doctor. [photo]
Camden Sureda, 4, from the White House, is very active, enjoys playing with cars and trucks, and loves Paw Patrol. Following in the footsteps of his three older brothers, he has just started playing baseball. He also has an older sister. He wants to drive excavators and bulldozers and be a “worker” when he grows up. [photo]
Delanie Clayton, 3, from Dunlap, has Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Though her life has faced some difficulties, she is the happiest little girl with the biggest personality. Delanie enjoys exploring in her wheelchair, music and any toys she can tinker with. Her father said: “We won’t be surprised if Delanie grows up to be a musician, educator or disability advocate. At 3 years old, their possibilities are endless.” [photo]
Lili Deter, 5, from Rockford, is a friendly, bright and creative girl who loves to play with her two siblings. As a middle child, Lily has the opportunity to lead and learn how to follow others. She enjoys swimming, playing soccer, learning to ride a bike and pretending to play with her stuffed animals. Although unsure of her future career, she often plays a doctor and calls herself “Dr. Lily.” [photo]
William Lawson, 3, from Knoxville, loves Mickey Mouse! He is a very friendly and playful toddler with lots of energy. He loves reading books and singing songs. Although he hasn’t decided what he wants to be when he grows up, Will loves to take things apart and put them back together, so his father suspects he’ll be an engineer. [photo]

The $1,000 prize can be used by each winner to cover future post-secondary educational expenses ranging from tuition and housing to books, computers and more. Research shows that students with special college savings are about seven times more likely to attend college than children without special accounts.

“I want to congratulate our 10 winners across the state and encourage each of them to use these grant funds to pursue their career goals,” said Treasurer Lillard. “The cost of post-secondary education remains significant. It’s important to start saving early so that compound interest works for them and not against them on student loans, and I hope this scholarship will help each of them start that journey.”

The TNStars College Savings 529 Program was created in September 2012 to encourage families in Tennessee to save and invest tax-deferred for future college education costs. Families can open an account with as little as $25.

Over the past 10 years, TNStars has helped Tennessee families save more than $250 million for college across over 23,000 accounts. To learn more about TNStars or to open an account, visit TNStars.com.

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