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July 19, 2016

Thirty-One Newborns Across Alabama Receive a Total $16,399 in CollegeCounts Savings Funds

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (July 14, 2016) – Alabama State Treasurer Young Boozer today announced the statewide winners of the CollegeCounts Alabama’s 529 Plan promotion, held in honor of 5/29 Day (May 29).  Each family was given a $529 contribution to their newborn’s newly opened CollegeCounts Alabama’s 529 account.

The promotion, in its second year, gave families of children born from May 1-31, 2016 the opportunity to visit and enter their contact information and date of their child’s birth.  Winners were selected statewide at random and notified shortly after the entry deadline of June 15, 2016. A total of $16,399 was given to parents of 31 newborns.

 “We were thrilled with the participation in this year’s 5/29 Day promotion,” said Young Boozer, Alabama State Treasurer. “Our hope is that these starter funds will motivate the families to continue to invest in order to help lessen the burden of college costs in the future.”

Recipients from the following Alabama locations included:

Athens – Heather Phillips

Auburn – Olivia Ficken


– Adam Wright

– Telitia Fountain

Deatsville – Meagan Broome

Elberta – Tiffany Watts

Elkmont – Heather Thompson

Fackler – Amy Green

Guntersville – Jonathan Payne

Hartselle – Janelle Rose

Huntsville – Colin White

Irvington – Brittany Felps


– Michael Austin

– Tiana Thomas

Jacksonville – Haley Currier

Leeds – Brad Hendrix

Mcintosh – Jessica Rivers


– David Bender

– Hillary Liesch

Montgomery – Christina Wilkins

Mount Olive – Linley Hanson


Sheena David

– Mary Hills

Owens Cross Roads – Erin Stewart

Prattville – Melodie Wright


– Lindsey Foster

– LaTasha Mitchell

Sterrett – Erica Touchstone

Town Creek – Katy McDonald

Trussville – Matthew Hornsby

Wilsonville – Cory Richardson

“As college tuition rates continue to rise, we want to reinforce the importance of saving for education early and often for maximum benefit – every little bit helps,” said Boozer.

CollegeCounts has no minimum contribution requirements, allowing families to open accounts and save a little each month through quality investment funds, including Vanguard, T. Rowe Price, Fidelity, Dodge and Cox, MainStay, and DFA.

Funds may be withdrawn and used at colleges, universities, trade schools and graduate schools at one-, two- and four-year schools in Alabama and across the U.S. – including vocational, technical, community, public and private colleges and universities – for qualified expenses like tuition, fees, room and board (if enrolled at least half-time), books, supplies, and equipment required for enrollment, including computers.

For more information or to learn how to invest in your own account, please visit

Media Contact: Glenda Allred, or at (334) 242-7523.


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