First National Bank of Omaha and Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg are pleased to announce the winners of the NEST Big Dreams video contest. Winners will receive a total of $20,500 in scholarships, including grand-prize winner, eight-year-old Malachi Coppinger of York, Neb., who will receive a $10,000 NEST 529 scholarship.
The NEST Big Dreams video contest, which ran Oct. 1-31, gave families the opportunity to submit videos featuring children expressing their big dreams. The contest generated significant online traffic, receiving more than 10,500 visits to the website and more than 4,500 votes for the videos posted.
The scholarship winners are as follows:
In addition, three runners-up were presented with $1,000 NEST 529 Scholarships each:
“Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all the parents and children who entered the NEST Big Dreams video contest. The videos are heart-warming, and they capture the spontaneity and optimism that the children express for their futures. The videos confirm the value of the work we do at the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust to encourage parents and grandparents to begin saving for college when their children and grandchildren are young and full of big dreams and confidence,” said Treasurer Stenberg, Trustee of NEST.
“The NEST Big Dreams video contest produced truly delightful videos showcasing the very big dreams of children,” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director of NEST at First National Bank of Omaha, the NEST Program Manager. “We hope families enjoyed creating these videos. The contest was designed to encourage children to dream about their futures and prompt parents to start saving for those dreams. We are confident these NEST 529 scholarships will help the winners accomplish big things in their futures.”
The prizes were provided by First National Bank of Omaha.
To see the winning videos, go to NEST529.com.
About First National Bank of Omaha
First National Bank is a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska. First National of Nebraska is the largest privately owned banking company in the United States. First National and its affiliates have more than $21 billion in assets and 5,000 employee associates. Primary banking offices are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.
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 254,000 accounts, including 79,000 in Nebraska. Visit NEST529.com and treasurer.nebraska.gov for more information.