Nebraska State Treasurer John Murante and First National Bank of Omaha today announced the winners of the ninth annual NEST 529 Draw Your Dreams Scholarship Contest. Open nationwide to children in kindergarten through eighth grade, the contest invited entrants to submit a drawing of what they aspire to be when they grow up.
Selected by the Nebraska Art Teachers Association, the 12 winners will each receive a $1,000 contribution to a NEST 529 College Savings account and their submissions will be on display at the Nebraska State Capitol from September 23–27, 2019. The winners are as follows:
"The Draw Your Dreams Scholarship Contest instills an important lesson in young scholars: if you can dream it, you can achieve it," said Nebraska State Treasurer John Murante. "We are pleased to once again offer this contest, and we encourage children to visualize their future success and understand the steps needed to make it happen. I'd like to extend congratulations to this year's 12 winners, and wish them continued academic success."
"We are proud to support children across the nation as they work towards discovering and achieving their educational aspirations," said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha. "Submissions for the Draw Your Dreams Scholarship Contest continue to highlight ambitious and diverse plans for the future, and we consistently look forward to reviewing the wealth of excellent entries that we receive. In keeping with the theme of this contest, we encourage the NEST 529 community to dream big, save often and continue to pursue academic excellence."
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.