The CHET Dream Big! Competition

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Dream Big! gives you the chance to win big

When it comes to saving money for education, there are 2 important rules of thumb. First, it's never too early to start. Second, you should look for help every place you can find it. That's where the 2021 CHET Dream Big! Competition comes in (formerly known as CHET Advance Scholarship for High School Seniors).


For high school seniors

We'll award 80 prizes to Connecticut students graduating from high school in 2022 with a GPA of at least 2.0—5 winners will receive $5,000, with another 75 winners receiving $1,000.

Submit a written or video essay about your future goals or any leadership role you play in your community.

Your entry will be judged on this essay, as well as your academic record and extracurricular and community participation.

Official contest rules (PDF) | Reglas oficiales del concurso (PDF)

For K–8 students

We'll be awarding 477 prizes of $529 to Connecticut students in grades K–8.

Students should work with a parent or teacher on a creative submission, such as an essay, a video, or a drawing, describing the things they're doing to make their communities better places to live.

Official contest rules (PDF) | Reglas oficiales del concurso (PDF)


The deadline to submit an entry is Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. ET, with winners announced on November 1, 2021. We look forward to hearing from students all across the state. Good luck!


For questions about the current competition or previous recipients of the CHET Advance Scholarship with questions about their award contact ISTS Program Support at 855-670-ISTS (4787) or (please note this email address is not monitored by Fidelity Investments).

Learn more about The Connecticut Higher Education Trust 529 College Savings Program.