First National Bank of Omaha and Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg today announced the 12 winners of the fifth annual “Draw Your Dreams” contest. Each winner will receive a $1,000 contribution to a NEST 529 College Savings Plan account.
To qualify for the scholarship, students used pencil, crayons, paint, watercolor or paper collage to create landscape-oriented pictures portraying what they want to be when they grow up.
The contest was open to children from kindergarten through eighth grade. Members of the Nebraska Art Teachers Association judged the entries and chose the 12 winners:
“I am very pleased with the response to Draw Your Dreams and thank every child who submitted a piece of artwork. The children’s imaginations, creativity, and sense of purpose were evident in their pieces of art,” said Nebraska State Treasurer Stenberg, Trustee of NEST. “We hope this scholarship money helps the 12 winners achieve their dreams and encourages their parents to save even more.”
“NEST 529 College Savings is always striving to come up with unique ways to help families save for college. It’s gratifying to tie our mission into a fun, creative contest like this,” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha. “We are confident that every student who entered the contest will work to turn dreams into realities.”
For scholarship contest rules and regulations, visit www.NEST529.com and click on Grow. Then select Scholarships & Rewards. Contest rules also are available at https://treasurer.nebraska.gov/csp/scholarships/.
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.