Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg today announced the winners of the NEST on the Farm Fun Photo Drawing at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island.
Six young Nebraskans each won a $1,000 contribution into a NEST 529 College Savings Plan account. Money for the NEST on the Farm contributions was provided by First National Bank of Omaha, program manager for the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST).
The winners were selected from two age groups - newborn to 5 and 6 to 13 - in each of Nebraska’s three congressional districts. They are:
Congressional District 1
Congressional District 2
Congressional District 3
The winning photos included images of a 150-year-old barn, a 4-H hog, a goat and a tractor. Each child was given a certificate featuring his or her winning photograph. The children or their parents, depending on the child’s age, spoke about where their photos were taken, what they liked about their photos, and what possible careers they might like to pursue or might be available to them when they grow up.
“Agriculture and education each play a pivotal role in Nebraska,” Treasurer Stenberg said. “This contest allows us to honor and appreciate both. It also encourages children and their families to spend time in the Nebraska outdoors and learn more about saving for college through NEST. These contributions to NEST college savings accounts will help these children down the road on their educational paths toward achieving their dreams.”
“Congratulations to all the winners on their heartening and charming photos,” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha. “First National Bank has been serving the agriculture community since 1857. We are delighted to be combining our focus on agriculture and our commitment to educating children and their families about the importance of saving for college through this contest. We are thrilled to help these young people get started.”
The winners were chosen in a random drawing of photographs with farm or ranch themes that were either taken by the children or that featured the children. The contest was open to Nebraska children ages 13 and younger.
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 254,000 accounts, including 80,000 in Nebraska. Visit NEST529.com and treasurer.nebraska.gov for more information.