Nebraska Treasurer Don Stenberg has announced the opening of the "Why I Want to Go to College" essay contest for seventh and eight graders.
Winners of the contest will receive contributions to Nebraska's state-sponsored 529 college savings plans. They will also be recognized at the May 19 Omaha Storm Chasers Game.
"The essay contest has been an effective way for seventh and eighth graders to reflect on the value of a college education and to think about how they and their families will pay for college," Stenberg said. "Past winners have displayed a depth of understanding of the value of higher education. Their essays have been honest and genuine and have focused on their families, their career goals, and their desire to serve their communities."
"Why I Want to Go to College" essays are due April 5. The essays will be judged by faculty and students at the University of Nebraska- Omaha College of Education. Final selections will be made by Treasurer Stenberg.
Winners will be announced in early May. Three winners will be chosen in each of Nebraska's three U.S. congressional districts, and three winners will be selected from outside Nebraska.
Winners from Nebraska will receive tickets to the Omaha Storm Chasers baseball game on May 19. First-place winners also will each receive a $3,500 contribution to a Nebraska college savings plan and a one-night hotel stay in Omaha.
Second-place winners will each receive a $1,000 contribution to a college savings plan, and third-place winners will each receive a $500 contribution to a college savings plan. Winners from outside Nebraska will receive contributions to Nebraska college savings plans.
The following guidelines apply to the essay contest:
The contest is sponsored by the Nebraska State Treasurer's Office and the Omaha Storm Chasers baseball team.