Grandfather's essay wins $529 scholarship | Families
DAHLONEGA, Ga. -- Donald and Donna Tisdale understand the importance of education.
Donald was the first member of his family to earn a college degree and says it made all the difference in his life.
"I encouraged my children to go to college, and I wanted to continue the tradition of education with the next generation," he said. "I wanted to give the gift of an education to all of our grandchildren."
So the Tisdales, who live in Dahlonega, opened Path2College 529 Plans for their three grandsons, Braydon, Tanner and Walker. They also shared their story with the Path2College Saving for College Makes a Difference essay contest -- and won.
The contest's prize included $529 toward a college savings plan, as well as the chance to grace a billboard. Donald, Donna and the three boys, who live with their parents in Alpharetta, are now being featured on Path2College billboards throughout metro Atlanta.
In his essay, Donald Tisdale wrote:
In addition to an abundance of time and love, we have chosen to focus on gifting the grandchildren the ability to go to college by emphasizing the yearly 529 Plan contribution over just a toy. When the joy of a new toy is soon forgotten or outgrown, the life-long success that a college education can enable will be remembered.
Path2College will choose three more winners for its essay contest. To enter, visit path2college529.com. Entries are due online no later than 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2.