Nebraska ‘college savings’ scholarships presented

Winners of Nebraska’s fourth annual “NEST on the Farm” scholarship contest have been announced.

NEST is short for Nebraska Educational Savings Trust, which is Nebraska’s state-sponsored 529 (five-twenty-nine) college savings program.  The scholarship contest is for children of Nebraska farm and ranch families who are invited to submit essays describing what farming means in their lives and how growing up in farm families influences their higher education goals.

nest on the farmThis year’s winner in the 7-9 age group was Tucker Stagemeyer of Page with Kallie Eisenzimmer of Big Springs as runner-up.  In the 10-11 age group Makenna Eisenzimmer of Big Springs was the winner with Sheridan Chaney of Elwood as runner-up.  In the 12-13 age group the winner was Jace Stagemeyer of Page with Jayla Froman of Lynch as runner-up.

The first-place winners received a $2,500 contribution each to the NEST 529 College Savings Plan while the runners-up received $1,000 contributions.

Nebraska state treasurer Don Stenberg recognized the winners during a ceremony at the Nebraska State Fair. “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,” Stenberg said. “These young people represent the best Nebraska has to offer—our young people who work hard, strive to do well in school and their activities, and who value their families and their agricultural roots.

“We’re glad to present this program and give scholarships to recognize outstanding achievement among Nebraska farm and ranch kids—and to promote and encourage Nebraskans to look at the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust as a way to save for college for their kids or for their grandkids,” Stenberg said.

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.

AUDIO: Don Stenberg (3:43 MP3)

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