Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg and First National Bank of Omaha announced today the winners of the third annual “NEST on the Farm” scholarship contest. Three first-place winners each received a $3,500 contribution to a NEST Direct College Savings Plan while three runners-up each received a $1,000 contribution to a NEST Direct College Savings Plan.
State Treasurer Stenberg recognized and congratulated the winners and runners-up today at Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island, Neb. Stenberg is Trustee of the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST), Nebraska’s state-sponsored 529 college savings program.
The scholarship contest was announced in early June and ran through Aug. 2. Children of Nebraska farming families were invited to submit essays describing what farming means in their lives and how growing up in farm families influences their higher education goals. Entries were divided into three age groups: 7-9 years of age; 10-11 years of age; and 12-13 years of age. The scholarship winner and the runner-up for each age group are listed below:
“Thank you to all the young people who participated in our NEST on the Farm scholarship contest and who wrote so persuasively about their connection to Nebraska farm life and their educational goals for the future,” Treasurer Stenberg said. “These young people represent the best Nebraska has to offer—our young people who work hard, who strive to do well in school and their activities, and who value their families and their agricultural roots.”
“We congratulate our scholarship winners on their outstanding essays. First National Bank is a long-time supporter of the agricultural community in Nebraska, and we are thrilled to provide these students with an opportunity to get a jump start on saving for college,” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, First National Bank of Omaha.
Money for the NEST on the Farm scholarships comes from First National Bank of Omaha, program manager for NEST, as part of its scholarship initiative.