Mission West Virginia, in combination with State Treasurer John Perdue’s office, is now taking applications for the fifth annual Smart Start awards, following a banner year from its fundraising event.

The May 18 SMART5.29 K run/walk raised approximately $28,000 in sponsorships, race fees and donations. In the past four years, the event generated enough proceeds to award $57,600 in SMART529 savings to 46 kids.

Mission West Virginia selects families who have adopted children out of foster care to receive the race proceeds in the form of SMART529 accounts.

According to a press release, SMART529 is West Virginia’s officially sanctioned college savings plan, administered by Treasurer Perdue’s office.

Following the successful run/walk, Mission West Virginia is now preparing to choose the next SMART529 college savings winners. Those chosen will be honored in August during a luncheon at the Clay Center.

For families who might meet the criteria and are interested in applying, go to missionwv.org, then click on “Frameworks.” The application can be found in a drop down menu under the heading, “Scholarships and Awards.”

Some of the official criteria includes: 

• Applications due Monday, July 8.

• A child must be a resident of West Virginia.

• Child must be 12 or younger as of July 8.

• A child must be adopted from the West Virginia foster care system with finalized adoption at time of application.

— Email: jnelson@register-herald.com; follow on Twitter @jnelsonRH 

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