More than 100 new NEST Scholars walked across the stage in the auditorium of Millard South High school and shook hands with Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg. Some stayed late to get a photo with the Treasurer, talk about their college plans, and even take a selfie.
The Millard South group is the largest group of students to receive certificates for completing sections of the Nebraska NEST Scholars online course developed by EverFi of Washington, D.C. More than 300 students earned certificates but not all were able to attend the April 28 event.
The students were accompanied by their teachers, Lynn Hill, Ashli Martin, Jessica Nelson, and Michaela Wragge.
Treasurer Stenberg congratulated the students and thanked the teachers and administrators for supporting the students and making the EverFi course available. Nebraska NEST Financial Scholars is available to all high schools in the state at no charge to the schools under the sponsorship of the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST), Nebraska’s 529 state-sponsored college savings program. Treasurer Stenberg is Trustee of NEST.
“By gaining greater understanding of personal finance, you have positioned yourselves to be smart consumers, wise investors, and financially responsible adults,” Stenberg told the students. “You are part of a large and growing group of students. A total of 102 Nebraska high schools are offering the NEST Scholars program this school year, reaching almost 5,000 students.”