Entries are due March 18 for the 14th annual “Why I Want to Go to College” writing contest.

Seventh- and eighth-grade students in public, private or home schools are invited to enter for a chance to win a Nebraska Educational Savings Trust scholarship.

Three winners will be chosen in each of Nebraska’s three U.S. Congressional districts. Three will also be selected from outside Nebraska.

Nebraska winners will receive four tickets to the May 1 Omaha Storm Chasers game at Werner Park.

First-place winners will each receive a $2,000 contribution to a NEST college savings plan. Second-place winners will each receive a $1,000 contribution to a NEST plan and third-place winners will each receive a $500 contribution to a NEST plan.

The rules apply to entries:

• Must be focused on the student’s educational goals and dreams for the future.

• Must be student’s original work.

• Must be typed, double spaced on 8½ X 11-inch paper.

• Must be accompanied by required cover sheet.

• Must be no more than 750 words in length.

• Must be postmarked by March 18. Winners will be notified in late April.

• Mail entries to Megan Burdek, Omaha Storm Chasers, 12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion, NE 68046.

Contest rules are available at https://treasurer.nebraska.gov/csp/scholarships/essay/college/2016/contest-announcement.

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