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Treasurer touts savings vehicle with WVU, Marshall presidents

Banner Photo: WVU President Gordon Gee (far left) and State Treasurer John Perdue celebrate, with WVU Child Learning Center students, the launch of the new SMART529 gift card. The card is similar to familiar gift cards but can only be used to bolster or establish a college savings account.

These kids at the WVU Child Learning Center will hopefully be beneficiaries of the new gift card program.
West Virginia State Treasurer John Perdue has teamed with West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee and Marshall University President Jerry Gilbert to introduce a new SMART529 Gift Card that will make the “gift of college” a lot easier for parents and grandparents saving for a child’s college education.

The Treasurer held media events with both Gee and Gilbert this past week to tout the new program, at WVU Wednesday, Nov. 14 and at Marshall Friday, Nov. 16. The new gift cards may be purchased for any student and can be redeemed at, SMART529’s website, or through an existing account or after a new account is established.

Treasurer Perdue says the new gift cards will be available at select Target stores or on the SMART529 website. “The holiday season is a perfect time to give the gift of college,” he said.

For more information regarding this event, contact Deputy Treasurer Gina Joynes with the State Treasurer’s Office at

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