Schools Repeat Win for California Treasurer ScholarShare Dollars

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Leonardo da Vinci K-8 and William Land Elementary school students, parents and staff worked together to win California Treasurer dollar grants for the second consecutive year to enrich student learning experiences.   

In total, State Treasurer John Chiang awarded 20 grants totaling more than $300,000. The Scholar Dollars program started last year to help schools boost awareness and conversation about the importance of attending and saving for higher education through California’s ScholarShare 529 College Savings Plan. Treasurer Chiang’s office reports that 465 schools registered for this year’s grant program which required school communities to vote to win for the awards.

Treasurer Chiang and Scholar Dog, the ScholarShare mascot, joined Board President Jessie Ryan to present checks to Sacramento-area school winners at Leonardo da Vinci on May 2.

Awards were based on student enrollment. William Land received $10,000 and will use its award to expand student art instruction. Leonardo da Vinci received $20,000 and will use its grant to purchase new curriculum materials and lab equipment. Both schools will include teacher training in their plans for using the grants.

To learn more about the grant program and see a full list of winners visit


ScholarShare 529, which serves as California’s official state-sponsored 529 college savings plan, provides families with a valuable tool to help parents pay for their children’s college education. Since its launch in 1999, ScholarShare 529 has grown to more than 305,000 accounts with over $8.4 billion in total plan assets. Since its inception, ScholarShare has disbursed more than $2 billion to fund higher education.