Nationwide and NACo College Scholarship

Seniors, Nationwide and the National Association of Counties want high school seniors to understand the importance of saving early to be ready for retirement.  To help you toward that goal, Nationwide will give four scholarships to high school seniors whose parent or grandparent participates in a 457 plan within the NACo Deferred Compensation Program.

Award:  $2,500


  • Graduating high school seniors who are legal U.S. residents are eligible to apply
  • Applicant’s parent or grandparent must be enrolled in and contribute to a 457 plan within the NACo Deferred Compensation Program
  • Applicants must enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study no later than the fall term of the 2016-2017 school year at an accredited two- or four-year college
  • Immediate family members of NACo employees, or members of the NACo Deferred Compensation Advisory Committee, or its governing board of directors, or Nationwide employees are not eligible to apply; this program is not offered outside the United States.


Complete an online application.  As part of the application, you will be asked to write a short essay.  Please keep the response to 500 words or fewer.

Essay question:  Upon entering the workforce, what would convince you ot start saving now for retirement?  Consider not only the reasons why, but the communication methods that would be most effective to receive this information.

Deadline:  March 6, 2016


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