Now, more than ever before, education is the key for Arkansans to unlock the door to success in life. Whether you want to be a doctor, an engineer, work in information technology, as a mechanic, or an electrician, or virtually any field with a future and chance for advancement, education beyond high school is critical to realizing your fullest potential. One of my most important missions in Arkansas is to empower each and every one of our citizens with the ability to send their children to college and to raise the educational attainment level of our beautiful state. One way we can do this is through the Arkansas GIFT Plan, a tax-advantaged Section 529 plan that enables parents, grandparents, and just about anyone to put money away for future college expenses and to see the earnings on that money grow tax-free, which means more money is available to meet those future college expenses. Lower income Arkansans can find even more assistance through the Aspiring Scholars Matching Grant Program, which is administered through my office. If you meet the income requirements, we will match a portion of your savings to help jump start your child’s college education fund. Please explore these opportunities through the links on my website and call my office if you have any questions. Together, we can all make a difference in the future of Arkansas.