Twelve winners in the NEST Draw Your Dreams scholarship contest were announced today by Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg, NEST529 College Savings and First National Bank of Omaha. The winners will receive a total of $12,000 in scholarships.
Children across the country from kindergarten through 8th grade were asked to submit 9- by 12-inch landscape-oriented pictures of what they dream of becoming when they grow up. Each of the 12 Draw Your Dreams winners received $1,000 deposited into a NEST 529 College Savings Plan scholarship account.
The Nebraska Art Teachers Association selected the 12 winners from more than 120 eligible entries. The scholarship winners are listed below. All but two are from Nebraska.
“Thank you to all the young people who entered our Draw Your Dreams contest. The talent and imaginations of these young artists inspire us at NEST to continue to find creative ways to help young families save for the cost of higher education. We want all these young artists, writers, and dreamers to achieve and succeed,” said Treasurer Stenberg, Trustee of the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust.
“This is our fifth year of this contest and we continue to get an overwhelming response. We are amazed at the beautiful artwork submitted by talented children across the nation,” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, College Savings Plans at First National Bank of Omaha. “On behalf of NEST and First National Bank of Omaha, I would like to congratulate all of the winners for their inspiring drawings and for sharing their dreams of the future.”
NEST is a tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan and provides four plans to help make saving for college simple and affordable: NEST Direct College Savings Plan, the NEST Advisor College Savings Plan, the TD Ameritrade 529 College Savings Plan, and the State Farm College Savings Plan. The Nebraska State Treasurer serves as Program Trustee. First National Bank of Omaha serves as Program Manager, and all investments are approved by the Nebraska Investment Council. Families nationwide are saving for college using Nebraska’s 529 College Savings Plans, which have more than 261,000 accounts, including 84,000 in Nebraska. Visit NEST529.com and treasurer.nebraska.gov for more information.
About First National Bank of Omaha
First National Bank of Omaha is a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska. First National of Nebraska and its affiliates have more than $23 billion in assets and 5,000 employee associates. Primary banking offices are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.