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Posted: Friday, November 23, 2012 12:43 am | Updated: 12:08 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS - A 12-year-old Fairbanks girl is among the winners in this year’s University of Alaska scholarship giveaway.

Yelyzaveta Myshenyova, 12, and three others won $2,500 scholarship accounts through a promotion run by the UA College Savings Plan. The promotion is in its third year. Other winners of $2,500 scholarships came from Kodiak and Anchorage.

The biggest winner, however, was a 5-year-old Anchorage boy who won a $25,000 scholarship from the UA College Savings Plan.

It will be a long time before that scholarship becomes useful for Jensen Shafer, though. A news release this week from the University of Alaska said his “career aspirations include skateboarding, pie eating and base-jumping.”

The scholarship account drawing is open to anyone who answers, “yes” to question No. 6 on the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend application. The questions asks if the dividend applicant would like to automatically contribute half of the dividend into a UA College Savings Plan account.

The aim of the program, according to the news release, is to encourage Alaska families to save their permanent fund dividends for higher education expenses.

“The incentive is working,” said Bonnie Carroll, marketing manager for the college savings plan.

More than 11,000 Alaskans contributed half of their 2012 dividend to the plan, a 15 percent increase over 2011 and a 41 percent increase in 2009, before the giveaway began, according to the news release.

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