Students earn $1,000 scholarships in bookmark contest

2017.11.6 MYM Winners-web

Eight Utah students are $1,000 closer to their college dreams, thanks to their winning submissions in the Utah Educational Savings Plan (UESP) and StepUp to Higher Education’s Make Your Mark bookmark contest. More than 1,500 students in four age brackets entered original artwork for a chance at a $1,000 UESP college savings scholarship account.

Kindergarten through third-grade winners were Milo Penrod, a second-grader from Wasatch Elementary in Salt Lake School District; and Sicily Patterson, a third-grader from Alpine School District’s Freedom Elementary.

Two sixth-grade students were selected in the 4-6 category: Helena Gutierrez from Wasatch Elementary in Salt Lake School District, and Genevieve McFadden from H C Burton Elementary in Davis School District.

Seventh-grader Seth Nielsen from North Star Academy LEA and eighth-grader Eleanor Stevens from Salt Lake Arts Academy LEA won the 7-8 category.

Two seniors, Isabella Broome and Kekoa Shipman, brought home the prizes for grades nine through 12. Broome attends Granite School District’s Olympus High School, and Shipman is enrolled at Snow Canyon High School in Washington County School District.

The winning students and their families were honored at an awards luncheon Monday, November 6, at Zions Bank headquarters in Salt Lake City.

Make Your Mark is part of the celebration of College Savings Month, designated by Gov. Gary Herbert to be observed in September. In its eighth year, the contest advances awareness about saving for higher education expenses while promoting art, reading, and college preparation.

Scholarship funds can be used to pay for qualified higher education expenses like tuition, fees, computers, required books, supplies, and equipment. Winners can use funds at any college, university, or technical school in the United States or abroad that participates in federal financial aid programs for students—not just schools in Utah.

“Every year, we look forward to the Make Your Mark submissions from talented Utah students. We are pleased to help eight of these students build their college savings,” said Lynne Ward, UESP executive director. “Saving even small amounts regularly in a UESP account can help families defray college costs, and—unlike a loan—it’s something they won’t have to pay back with interest.”

See the winning entries at For more information about the Utah Educational Savings Plan, visit, call UESP at 800.418.2551, or email

About UESP

UESP, Utah’s official nonprofit 529 college savings plan, is highly ranked by Morningstar Inc., and touted by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, Money magazine, CBS, and consumer expert Clark Howard for its low fees and industry innovations such as its customized allocation investment options.

Accounts are free to open, and UESP requires no minimum deposit or account balance. UESP’s user-friendly website,, makes it easy to open, manage, and contribute to an account online.

To learn more about the Utah Educational Savings Plan, visit, call UESP toll-free at 800.418.2551, or send an email to

About StepUp to Higher Education

StepUp to Higher Education is an outreach initiative through the Utah System of Higher Education that aims to increase the college participation of Utah students, especially those who may have never considered higher education as a practical option after high school.

The StepUp to Higher Education initiative is made possible by a College Access Challenge Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

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