ATLANTA, GA – Four pre-k students across the state were each awarded $1,529 statewide winners of the Path from Pre-K to College Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes is held by Georgia’s Path2College 529 Plan and the Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) each year to promote the importance of continued education and financial planning to help Georgia children realize their dreams through continued education.

Winners Included:

  • Metro Atlanta: Yonah Lima and the Sunshine House
  • North Georgia: Griffin Lewis and Baker Place Elementary School
  • Southeast Georgia: Angel Rios and Eastside Elementary School
  • South Georgia: Oliver Lemmon and Hahira Elementary School

“We are proud to partner with the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning to promote financial planning for education through the Path from Pre-K to College Sweepstakes,” said Georgia Student Finance Commission President Lynne Riley. “This sweepstakes encourages parents and grandparents to focus on saving for education early. Saving regularly over time makes an impact, and this sweepstakes will help four Georgia families get a jump-start on their college savings.”

This is the sixth year DECAL and Path2College have partnered to raise awareness of saving for college through the pre-k sweepstakes. More than $43,000 has been awarded to Georgia students and pre-k facilities through the sweepstakes.

“On behalf of the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, I congratulate this year’s winners of the Pre-K to College Sweepstakes,” said DECAL Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs. “DECAL works to ensure that children enrolled in Georgia’ Pre-K Program receive a solid academic foundation on which their education can be built. The Pre-K to College Sweepstakes lays a solid financial foundation that can help Georgia’s children to pursue their post-secondary dreams.”

For more information about the Path2College 529 Plan or to open a college savings account, please visit or call (877) 424-4377.

To learn more about Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan, its investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses please see the Plan Description at Read it carefully. Check with your home state to learn if it offers tax or other benefits such as financial aid, scholarship funds or protection from creditors for investing in its own 529 plan. Investments in the Plan are neither insured nor guaranteed and there is the risk of investment loss. Consult your legal or tax professional for tax advice. TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services, LLC, Member FINRA, distributor and underwriter for the Path2College 529 Plan. FPS-2891251PR-O0523X