First National Bank of Omaha and Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg today announced the NEST on the Farm Fun Photo $1,000 Drawing. Beginning April 1 and ending June 30, Nebraska residents can submit farm- or ranch-themed photos of children 13 years old or younger to be eligible for a drawing to win six $1,000 NEST College Savings Plan contributions.
“NEST on the Farm has been a popular scholarship opportunity that introduces children to the concept of saving for college and highlights one of Nebraska’s greatest resources, its farm, ranch, and outdoor life. We are excited to see the photographs submitted to this year’s drawing,” said State Treasurer Stenberg. “This initiative not only connects children with farms, ranches, and nature, but it also encourages families to save for the future.”
To enter, the beneficiary must be 13 years of age or younger as of June 30, 2016. Submissions will be split into two age groups – newborn to 5 years old and 6 to 13 years old. NEST will select one winner from each age group in each of Nebraska’s three congressional districts. A total of six winners will receive $1,000 each in a NEST College Savings Plan contribution.
“The best part about this program is it is easy for kids to enter,” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha. “Parents, grandparents, and friends are invited to snap fun photos of children who are 13 years old or younger in farm or ranch settings and submit them to us. Children themselves are encouraged to take their own photos in farm or ranch settings and submit them to the contest as well. We hope this teaches kids from our state that with time, preparation, and perhaps a touch of creativity, anyone can embark on the road to college.”
Winners will be announced at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island.
Photos may be submitted by email or regular mail, following the official guidelines.
To find out more about NEST College Savings Plans, visit www.NEST529.com or treasurer.nebraska.gov.
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 $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 261,000 accounts, including 84,000 in Nebraska. Visit NEST529.com and treasurer.nebraska.gov for more information.