“Why I Want to Go to College” writing sweepstakes now open

"Why I Want to Go to College" writing sweepstakes is now open.
"Why I Want to Go to College" writing sweepstakes is now open.(Nebraska State Treasurer's Office)
Published: Jan. 27, 2022 at 10:39 AM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KSNB) - For the 20th year, Nebraska State Treasurer John Murante and the Omaha Storm Chasers will be sponsoring the “Why I Want to Go to College” writing sweepstakes.

Students are asked to reflect on the value of education and what they hope to achieve through higher education. Entries are limited to 750 words and should be sent to Jenna Kniss, Omaha Storm Chasers, 12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion, NE 68046. Entries are due by Monday, April 4, 2022.

Information about the writing sweepstakes is available on the Treasurer’s website.

Prizes will be awarded to 12 winners in seventh and eighth grades who will receive contributions to the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST) college savings accounts – including $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place, and $500 for third place. Three winners will be chosen from each of Nebraska’s three Congressional districts, and three winners will be chosen from outside Nebraska.

Each Nebraska winner will receive four tickets to the May 22 Storm Chasers game at Werner Park in Papillion where they will be recognized during a brief ceremony.

“Students are facing so many challenges and uncertainties in both their educational and regular lives. This event gives them the opportunity to reflect on the past, while at the same time looking forward to their future accomplishments. It is a wonderful way for students in public, private and home school environments to focus on the positives – their goals for life and the importance of saving for their future education. Efforts like this not only provides an additional chance for students to sharpen their writing skills, but it makes it more likely every Nebraskan has the opportunity to graduate from vocational training or a higher educational institution debt-free. I’m looking forward to meeting the winners and their families at Werner Park,” said Treasurer Murante.

Families can save for college for their children and grandchildren through NEST 529, the state-sponsored 529 college savings program that allows for tax-free investments and tax-free qualified withdrawals. Nebraska account owners can qualify for up to $10,000 a year in state income tax deductions ($5,000 if married filing separately).

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