Second Quarterly Winners of College Savings Drawing Announced

Parents Entered in Drawing After Receiving College and Career Planning Information for Their Students

Sept. 23, 2021

Thirty-eight Iowa parents and guardians each received $250 in college savings deposits after their entries were randomly selected in a quarterly drawing sponsored by Iowa Student Loan Liquidity Corporation®. The winners were among 589 eligible participants who entered after receiving free college and career planning information for their middle and high school students.

The information service, SP3 or Student Planning Pointers for Parents, is provided by the nonprofit student loan provider to help parents and guardians guide their students through eighth through 12th grades with an eye to the future.

"Parents are often unsure of how to help their student think about and plan for the future. We want to help them understand the planning steps that apply to each student's grade level and what they as a family can do now to prepare for success in college and careers," said Steve McCullough, president and CEO of Iowa Student Loan.

The free service is provided via twice-monthly emails to parents and guardians who sign up at www.sp3.org. Registered recipients have the opportunity to enter the quarterly drawings for deposits into a college savings account.

"I have been reading the SP3 articles … and have definitely received a benefit from the information," said winner Barb Blake of Indianola, Iowa. "I use some of the topics to remind me of things to discuss with my kids," she added. "The articles are concise and to the point and I highly encourage others to read (them)."

"When I have a few spare moments, I read the articles and respond to the brief surveys," said Heidi Crow, a 2020 winner from Tiffin, Iowa. "These articles provide good conversation topics and reminders that I can discuss with my high schoolers. I appreciate the timeliness and the brevity of the articles." She continued, "Thank you to everyone involved in this process…it takes a village to get students (and parents) ready for college!"

The SP3 service is provided in partnership with College Savings Iowa, ICAN, the Iowa School Counselor Association and Strada Education Network.

Articles are carefully researched and informed by 40 years of experience in the higher education industry. Additionally, parents and guardians are provided with multiple resources to further explore topics of particular interest.

The information is targeted to specific grade levels to correspond with students' current stages. The consistent format explains why the topic is important, what students can do now, additional steps they should take later and what parents can do. In addition, talking points are provided as a guideline for approaching the topic with students.

More information and simple signup is available at www.sp3.org.

2021 Second-Quarter Winners

Each winner below received a $250 deposit to an established 529 college savings plan account.

  • Barb Blake, Indianola
  • Christy Bock, Cedar Rapids
  • Jaime Brown, Kent
  • Tara Cheek, Eldridge
  • Mark Davis, Calmar
  • Christy Douglas, Lenox
  • Heidi Eriksen, Iowa Falls
  • Cindy Gloeckner, Robins
  • Sally Goodenbour, Cedar Falls
  • Carol Hansen, Sac City
  • Curt Harris, Akron
  • Lisa Hawk, Marion
  • Tim Hilton, Indianola
  • Chris Hoffman, Muscatine
  • Brad Horstman, Cedar Falls
  • Amber Houge, Estherville
  • Renee Jones, Urbandale
  • Denise Kephart, Honey Creek
  • Jennifer Lamm, Mt. Pleasant
  • Michele Loder, West Des Moines
  • Michael May, Dubuque
  • John McCannon, Urbandale
  • Elizabeth McCloney, Norwalk
  • Jennifer Mitchell, Clive
  • Emily Moellring, Ankeny
  • Amy Nelson, Donahue
  • Debra Neppl, Ankeny
  • Barb Ollendieck, Bettendorf
  • Susan Pyle, Ames
  • Heather Rozenboom, Alleman
  • LeAnn Schneider, Council Bluffs
  • Jessica Sheets, Norwalk
  • Janet Shotwell, Bennett
  • Jaime Spurlock, Center Point
  • Dawn Waters, Clarion
  • Alaina Welsh, Iowa City
  • Ruth White, Cedar Rapids
  • Lisa Wyatt, West Des Moines

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Media Contact

Christopher Weishaar, Digital PR Specialist, (515) 273-7102, cweishaar@studentloan.org