NDACo College Scholarship Fund

NDACo started a scholarship program for the children and grandchildren (ages 17-22) of county employees in 1998. The scholarship fund is supported by corporate sponsors like Nationwide Retirement Solutions and county donors from across the state.

In 2010, the Amy Svihovec Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of Amy Svihovec, daughter of Linda Svihovec, then Treasurer of McKenzie County (now Auditor). Amy's scholarship has been supported by additional memorial funds of friends and family members, along with a long-term commitment from the Svihovec family.


NDACo is increasing both the number of scholarships AND the amount! Beginning 2015, SIX scholarships will be awarded, and each scholarship will be for $2,000. As much as we would like to offer scholarships to all qualified applicants, we're happy to make this significant increase in our ability to help young people invest in their futures.

A selection committee reviews all applications carefully, judging them on community service, personal/professional accomplishments and academics with the emphasis on leadership potential.

The 2015 NDACo Scholarship Application deadline is June 5th. Download the 2015 app by clicking on the scholarship logo.
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2014 Scholarship Recipients:

Justin Bartholomay, son of Daniel Bartholomay, Ransom County Weed Board President. Justin is a senior at NDSU studying agriculture and livestock sciences.

Jennifer Glatt, daughter of Kevin Glatt, Burleigh County Auditor/Treasurer. Jennifer is a first-year medical student at the UND Medical School. Ms. Glatt was chosen to receive the Amy Svihovec Memorial scholarship, a memorial to the daughter of McKenzie County Auditor Linda Svihovec, who was a recent graduate of the University of Mary working in a medical career.

Damon Hage, son of Leslie Hage, Richland County Treasurer. Damon is a sophomore at NDSU studying physics and computer science.

Sophie Miller, daughter of Lee Miller, LaMoure County Commissioner. Sophie is a senior at NDSU studying architecture and engineering.

Four school seniors can win $2,000 NACo/Nationwide Scholarship

The National Association of Counties has partnered with Nationwide Retirement Solutions to offer four $2,000 scholarships for high school seniors. Winning applicants will have written a short essay describing why it’s important for a public sector employee to start saving early for retirement.

The Nationwide/NACo scholarship program is intended to encourage high-school seniors to think about retirement.

Why spur high school students, many of whom haven’t even started full-time work, to think about retirement? Three reasons – by applying for the scholarship the students:

  1. May consider the financial impact of their decisions about college and their career and realize it is never too soon to start thinking about saving for retirement.
  2. Begin to recognize the advantage of having a plan and implementing it sooner rather than later.
  3. Identify specific actions that help prepare for a financially successful future.

To be eligible, applicants must be graduating high school seniors who are legal U.S. residents and their parent or grandparent must be enrolled in and contributing to a NACo 457 Deferred Compensation Program plan. In addition, the student must enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study no later than the fall term at an accredited two- or four-year college. Deadline is typically in early March. Click link for details.

The NACo/Nationwide Scholarship is just one of the services arising out of a 33-year relationship between Nationwide and NACo. As provider of the NACo Deferred Compensation Program, Nationwide regularly reports to the NACo Deferred Compensation Advisory Committee on industry trends, updates statistics on the program and provides ongoing education on retirement issues. Together NACo and Nationwide look for ways to help county employees better prepare for their retirement.

For more information about the scholarship

All of the information about eligibility, judging criteria and notification process are on the NACo and Nationwide Web sites. For more information, go to

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