Richards Middle School Student Wins College Savings Contribution

COLUMBUS, GA—Javon Green, a student at Richards Middle School, was awarded $1,529 for his college savings today as a winner of the Path2College 529 Plan and the Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning’s (DECAL) We Care, Child Care sweepstakes.

The sweepstakes will award four Georgia child-care age children with $1,529 each for their college savings. Winners were chosen randomly from four regions—Metro Atlanta, Southeast, North and South Georgia.

Each winner’s child care program also wins $529, and the YMCA of Metropolitan Columbus, was the winner.

“We are excited that Javon has won the opportunity to received funding for his continued education,” said Christopher Bryant, director of Operations at the YMCA of Metropolitan Columbus. “Receiving the $529 will benefit other middle school students in our after-school program.  The funds will help in our continued effort to offer educational and recreational activities to students just like Javon.” 

Caylee Noggle, Interim President of the Georgia Student Finance Commission, which partners with the Office of the State Treasurer to administer the Path2College 529 Planfor the state of Georgia, said that the goal is to raise awareness about the importance of saving for continued education among Georgia families with young children.

“By starting early and saving small amounts over time, families can build a strong financial foundation to help offset the cost of higher education,” said Noggle. “Four lucky winners are getting a jumpstart on their savings, but more importantly, we hope we’ve reached many more families and encouraged them to start saving today.” 

This is the fourth year that the Path2College 529 Plan and DECAL have partnered offer the sweepstakes in an effort to educate young families about the importance of saving for college.

“Early childhood education and Georgia’s Pre-K Program prepare children for lifelong learning, and as parents, it is never too early to be thinking about your child’s college education,” said DECAL Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs.  “Path2College 529 Plan and the ‘We Care, Child Care’ sweepstakes allows us to raise awareness around the state and give families and child care programs a little financial boost at the same time.  We look forward to watching these children progress in their educational journeys.”

Past winners of the We Care, Child Care sweepstakes include: Giancarlo Gomez of Snellville, Isabella Branson of Kennesaw, Lily Wallace of Gainesville, Adaleigh Carter of Athens, Rebekah Suggs of Ludowici, Emily Haberman of Senoia, Alexander Hawkins of Augusta, Amelia Jane Thomason of Cleveland, Maci Hodo and Kedren Ceesay of Atlanta, Nevaeh White of Griffin, Lucas Chapman of Macon and Jensie Merritt of Alma.

For more information about the Path2College 529 Plan, please visit or call (877) 424-4377.

To learn more about the Path2College 529 Plan, its investment objectives, tax benefits, risks, and costs please see the Disclosure Booklet at Read it carefully. Investments in the Plan are neither insured nor guaranteed and there is the risk of investment loss.  Check with your home state to learn if it offers tax or other benefits such as financial aid, scholarship funds or protection from creditors only available for investing in its own 529 plan.  Consult your legal or tax professional for tax advice, including the impact of the new federal tax changes. If the funds aren't used for qualified higher education expenses, a 10% penalty tax on earnings (as well as federal and state income taxes) may apply.  

TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services, LLC, Member FINRA and SIPC, distributor and underwriter for the Path2College 529 Plan.

Mitch Seabaugh, executive director of the Path2College 529 Plan, presents Javon Green and his mother, Shirlene Brunson, with a $1,529 contribution to his Path2College 529 Plan.  

Mitch Seabaugh, executive director of the Path2College 529 Plan, and Javon Green present Christopher Bryant, director of Operations at the YMCA of Metropolitan Columbus, with $529.