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Tennessee Treasury’s TNStars 529 College Savings Program awards $6,000 in scholarships to five Tennessee children
Shelli King
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Tennessee Treasury’s TNStars 529 College Savings Program awards $6,000 in scholarships to five Tennessee children

Nashville, TN – State Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr. is pleased to recognize Ezekiel Walters as the winner of the $5,000 Grand Prize in the 2022 TNStars Holiday Scholarship Giveaway. His grandmother, Margie Huff, entered the contest on behalf of Ezekiel, a 9-year-old from LaFollette, TN.

Four Tennessee children were selected as weekly winners in December leading up to the grand prize. Each of the following children received a $250 scholarship and were announced on the TNStars Facebook page:

  • Carson  Ward, 9, Warren County
  • Ezekiel  Nhira, 1, Nashville
  • Kinsley  VanBuren, infant, Sumner County
  • Joshua  Madison, 8, Murfreesboro

During the month of December, TNStars College Savings 529 Program promoted a scholarship giveaway contest, encouraging Tennessee families to enter their children to win four $250 weekly prizes and one $5,000 Grand Prize. The winners were randomly drawn among 1,916 entrants across the state.

"Research shows that children with a dedicated college fund are seven times more likely to attend college," Treasurer Lillard said. “We hope these scholarships will help each of you attend the college of your choice and achieve your hopes and dreams.”

All prizes will be deposited into a TNStars scholarship account. These funds can be used for the winning beneficiary’s future higher education expenses, ranging from tuition and housing to books, computers, and more.

The TNStars College Savings 529 Program was created to encourage Tennessee families to save and invest for the future cost of higher education in a tax-advantaged way. Families can open an account with as little as $25 to start.

About TNStars:
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. Tennesseans can invest directly with the program and funds can be withdrawn tax-free from a TNStars account as long as it is used for qualified higher education expenses. For more information about the TNStars College Savings 529 program, visit

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