Six Nebraska farm kids have some cash for college, thanks to the State Treasurer’s office.
State Treasurer Don Stenberg, who presented the scholarships at Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island, says he’s hoping to increase participation in the “NEST on the Farm” essay contest.
“It’s still new. There’s room for a lot more people to participate in the program. We’re trying to get the word out,” Stenberg tells Brownfield Ag News’ Ken Anderson.
Stenberg says the essay contest featured at Husker Harvest Days is one of the ways to promote the college savings plan. The Treasurer’s Office sponsors the contest along with First National Bank of Omaha. Farm children ages seven to 13 are eligible. To participate, farm children can submit an essay on what farming means in their lives and how growing up in a farm family influences their higher education goals.
Entrants compete in three age divisions.
In the 7-9 year old category, 9-year-old Morayah Cupp of Champion won the $3,000 scholarship with 7-year-old Tucker Stagemeyer of Page winning the $1,000 scholarship.
In the 10-11 year old category, 10-year-old Megan Green of Arlington won the $3,000 scholarship with 11-year-old Jace Stagemeyer of Page winning the $1,000 scholarship.
In the 12-13 year old category, 13-year-old Katie Zarybnicky of Odell won the $3,000 scholarship with 13-year-old Emma Good of Johnstown winning the $1,000 scholarship.
Stenberg says their essays impressed him.
“We’ve got some really great young people coming up in agriculture in Nebraska,” Stenberg says. “You read these essays; they’re working hard, they’ve got the right values. You can tell by reading their essays.”
The NEST 529 college savings plan offers four different plans. It has attracted investment from 53,000 Nebraska families as well as 190,000 nationwide.
Ken Anderson, Brownfield Ag News, contributed to this story.
AUDIO: Ken Anderson talks with Treasurer Don Stenberg about the NEST on the Farm program. [2 min.]