Scholarship Opportunity for High School Seniors

If you participate in the 457 Deferred Compensation Plan and have a high school senior at home, they are eligible to compete for one of four $2,000 college scholarships from the National Association of Counties and Nationwide.

Here's how your student can apply:

Complete application on line - Go to or  

Eligibility requirements:

  • 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 the County’s 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Applicants must enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study no later than the fall term of the 2011-2012 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
  • Application and entry must be submitted on line no later than January 31, 2011

Judging criteria:

  • Scholarship entries will be reviewed by a committee of associates from both Nationwide and NACo; scholarship recipients will be chosen based on the content of their entry
  • All entries submitted will become property of Nationwide and may be used for educational and/or marketing purposes; the original author will be credited

How will scholarship recipients be notified?

  • Scholarship recipients will be notified in March 2011
  • Scholarship recipients will be mailed a check in mid-August 2011, payable to the institution and mailed to the student's home address
  • The winner must enroll in an accredited institution by the fall term of the 2011-2012 school year