NDACo started a scholarship program for the children and grandchildren (ages 17-22) of county officials and employees in 1998. The scholarship fund is supported by corporate sponsors like Nationwide Retirement Solutions and county donors from across the state. Thanks to their generosity, the scholarships have grown from two $500 awards to six $2,000 awards! Thank you to all who contribute!
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/Treasurer). 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.
A selection committee reviews all applications carefully, judging them on community service, personal/professional accomplishments and academics with the emphasis on leadership potential.
To read their essays on county government careers, click the link in the left column.
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:
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.
All of the information about eligibility, judging criteria and notification process are on the NACo and Nationwide Web sites. For more information, go to www.nrsforu.com/scholarship.