Six $529 Mississippi Affordable College Savings scholarships will be awarded during this year’s Mississippi High School Activities Association State Baseball Championships at Trustmark Park on May 18-19.

College Savings Mississippi will host one Race to College relay during each of the six games Thursday and Friday. Two contestants will be selected at random from the list of registrants to participate in each race. Each contestant will race to designated stations to submit a mock 529 college savings account application, deposit funds into their 529 account, put on a backpack to go to college and finally receive their cap and gown to run back to the starting line. The first to finish each relay will win a $529 MACS scholarship.

”The Race to College is a great visual display of the many steps needed to get your child to college and set them off on the road to success with as little debt burden as possible,” said Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch. “The average Mississippi graduate with student loan debt starts their career with almost $30,000 in debt. Saving for college now can make a big difference in helping them achieve their dreams.

“When families are proactive about saving for their child’s future, they are not only helping themselves, they’re also furthering the economic aspirations of our state,” she said.

College Savings Mississippi is a division of the State Treasurer’s Office and operates the two state-sponsored 529 college savings plans, Mississippi Affordable College Savings and Mississippi Prepaid Affordable College Tuition. For more information about these plans and for official contest rules and registration information, visit

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Ashley F. G. Norwood, a native of Jackson, earned a bachelor's degree in English from Jackson State University and a master’s degree from the Meek School of Journalism at the University of Mississippi. Norwood, who specializes in multimedia journalism, has been recognized nationally for her documentary film the fly in the buttermilk, which covers the history, perceptions and principles of black Greek-lettered organizations at the University of Mississippi.