2017 SMART529 Smart Start Award

Funding the Future for Children Adopted from Foster Care in West Virginia

West Virginia State Treasurer John Perdue and Mission West Virginia presented 12 children with SMART529 college savings awards on November 6th as part of the third annual SMART529 Smart Start Award program. Each child will receive $1,200 invested in a SMART529 account. The awards help boost college savings for children adopted from the foster care system in West Virginia.

The 12 children represent six families, which includes four sets of siblings. They range from 10 months to 12 years old. All recipients were adopted from the state’s foster care system and were selected by Mission West Virginia’s Frameworks program through a judged application process.

This year’s award ceremony brings the total to 31 children receiving a combined $37,200 over three years.

Read the full article about the event: College Savings Award Ceremony Article


Mission West Virginia Scholarship

The Mission West Virginia Scholarship Program awards scholarships to help youth in their senior year of high school or older who experienced a foster care placement for 12 months, OR youth who had a parent incarcerated for 12 months during their childhood. Students meeting this criterion can utilize the funds for any post-secondary education or training program, including two or four year degree programs, vocational training or certificate program. The scholarship helps to pay for tuition and fees, room and board, books, supplies, transportation or computers.

These scholarships are funded by private donors and the Giving Back with HeART Art Auction. When another scholarship application is available, it will be posted here and on our Facebook page.