NORMAN — Juniper Clough isn't yet in kindergarten, but her family is already planning for her college education.
Clough, 3, of Norman, won $2,529 toward an Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan account during the Think Big! Save for College! Sweepstakes.
The sweepstakes is an annual partnership between the savings plan and state Libraries Department. It was promoted over the summer along with the state's Summer Reading Program.
State Treasurer Ken Miller presented the winnings Wednesday morning to Juniper and her parents, Anna and Josh Clough, at the Norman Public Library.
“We certainly want to do what we can to help people prepare to be successful in the global marketplace, and education is a really big piece of that,” Miller said.
Anna Clough said planning for Juniper's college savings has been on her mind.
“I, like a lot of parents, knew I wanted to start a savings plan, but it just kept getting put off,” she said. “Now, we plan to start putting money in her account each year.”
Emily McBrayer, 18, of Idabel, also received $2,529 toward a college savings account.
The libraries where Juniper and McBrayer registered received $1,000 each for their summer reading programs.
The sweepstakes started in May and ran through the end of July, bringing in more than 3,600 entries from participants across the state. Libraries statewide made sweepstakes entry forms available to parents and guardians of children signing up for the 2012 Summer Reading Program.
More than $22,000 in awards has been given to contest winners in the four years of the sweepstakes, Miller said. About $10,000 has been awarded to state libraries.
The Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan is a state-sponsored, tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan managed by TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing Inc. Introduced in April 2000, the plan has more than $468 million in total assets and more than 47,000 accounts.
For more information about the plan or to open an account, go to www.ok4saving.org or call (877) 654-7284.