Hamilton County students Zoe Shadrick and Lola Maatheny are among 10 kids from across the state of Tennessee that have been awarded $1,000 scholarships by the TNStars College Savings 529 Program. TNStars, a program of the Tennessee Department of Treasury, hosted the TNStars Holiday Scholarship Giveaway in December. Tennessee adults could enter the contest on behalf of a child 15 or younger.
The scholarships are awarded into a TNStars account and can be used to cover future post-secondary education expenses ranging from tuition and housing to books, computers, and more. Winners of the TNStars Holiday Scholarship Giveaway were chosen at random among over 5,500 entries after the contest closed on Dec. 28. The beneficiaries range in age from one to 13 years old.
“The Tennessee Department of Treasury created TNStars to give Tennessee families a way to plan and save for college,” said Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr. “I encourage the winners’ families to keep building on what these scholarships have started. The money contributed to a TNStars account will grow as your child grows.”
"TNStars is designed to give Tennessee families high quality investment options at a low cost to help them put aside money for higher education expenses. Families can invest directly with the program and money can be withdrawn tax-free from a TNStars account as long as it is used for qualified post-secondary education expenses," officials said.
TNStars Holiday Scholarship Giveaway winners:
Harper Royalty, age 1, Williamson Co.
Anna Stites, age 2, Putnam Co.
Arthur Janecek, age 3, Shelby Co.
Mason Lawson, age 5, Campbell Co.
Zoe Shadrick, age 5, Hamilton Co.
Emmalyn White, age 8, Montgomery Co.
Lola Matheny, age 11, Hamilton Co.
Pasley Thompson, age 11, Shelby Co.
Landon Cole, age 12, Madison Co.
Loren Chumney, age 13, Davidson Co.