Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET) Connecticut State Treasurer
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Share Your Dream and You Could Win Big.

The CHET Dream Big! Competition has announced the 2019 winners. Click here to see our winning entries.

The 2019 competition is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered.


Now in it’s 12th year, the CHET Dream Big! Competition encourages Connecticut K-8th grade students think about how college may help them achieve their dreams and a make a difference in the world.

Grades K-3
Create an original drawing illustrating, “What do I want to do after I go to college?”

Grades 4-8
Write an original essay answering the question, “How will I change the world after I go to college?”


  • Four $1,000 GRAND PRIZES: A maximum of four winners statewide will receive a $1,000 contribution to a CHET account. One winner will be selected from each of the following grade categories: K‑1, 2‑3, 4‑5 and 6‑8.
  • Forty-four $500 PRIZES: Winners will be selected as follows:
    • 8 winners from Connecticut's Turnaround and Focus schools. One boy and one girl from each grade category: K‑1, 2‑3, 4‑5 and 6‑8.
    • 32 winners from across all eight Connecticut counties. One child from each county, in each grade category: K‑1, 2‑3, 4‑5 and 6‑8.
    • 4 judges/sponsors picks, one child in each grade category: K‑1, 2‑3, 4‑5 and 6‑8.

We couldn't forget to award all the hard work and effort put forth by all the educators. The school in each county that submits more than 50 entries and has greatest percentage of completed student entries will be awarded $500.

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Sponsored by the Office of Connecticut State Treasurer Shawn T. Wooden, TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc. and CHET. Access CHET Dream Big! rules here.


"Encouraging young Connecticut students to start thinking about and planning for college as early as possible is crucial to their future success. And as the owner of CHET accounts for my two sons, I can’t think of a better way to get started than by taking part in this fun and thought-provoking competition."

– Shawn T. Wooden, Connecticut State Treasurer