‘Why I Want to Go to College’ Writing Contest Open, Winners Receive Money For College

WAYNE – The Nebraska State Treasurer’s Office and the Omaha Storm Chasers are holding the 16th annual “Why I Want to Go to College” writing contest, with prize money going towards students’ education costs.

The contest is running until March 2nd and is open to 7th and 8th grade students. Twelve winners, three from each of Nebraska’s congressional districts and three from out of the state, will be selected to receive contributions to Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST) accounts. First place will receive $2,000, while second place will receive $1,000 and third place, $500. Winners will also be recognized at home plate during a Storm Chasers baseball game and tickets to the game.

Students writing in the “Why I Want to Go to College” contest will talk about what the value of education is to them, and what they hope to achieve through higher education. Entries must be 750 words and double spaced.

Details about the contest can be found at this link:


NEST is a tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan that helps make saving for college simple and affordable. For more information about NEST, visit https://www.nest529direct.com.

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