Jordan High School junior Olivia Braiker has made her mark in the Utah Educational Savings Plan bookmark contest and earned a $1,000 UESP college savings account scholarship for her winning bookmark design. For her artistry, Olivia was honored by Gov. Gary Herbert at a luncheon and awards ceremony Nov. 15, 2013 at Zions Bank headquarters in Salt Lake City. She also was recognized by the Canyons Board of Education on Nov. 19, 2013 for her achievements.
“College is very important because it provides the opportunity for someone to attain a better quality of life than they would have if they’d only graduated high school,” says Olivia, who plans to study biology at the University of Utah. “My parents have had a savings plan for me since I was born. We talk about what I can do to save money for college, like putting away money from my paychecks and applying for scholarships.”
Each year, Utah students are invited to design a bookmark to be submitted to the UESP “Make Your Mark” Bookmark Contest. UESP and Zions Bank award a total of eight $1,000 UESP college savings scholarship accounts, or two each for the following grade-level categories: K-3, 4-6, 7-8, and 9-12. The bookmark will be printed by Zions Bank and UESP.