First National Bank of Omaha and Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg today announced the NEST on the Farm Fun Photo $1,000 Drawing, which will be launched April 28 at the 147th Annual Arbor Day Celebration in Nebraska City.
From April 27 until June 30, 2018, Nebraska residents can submit farm- or ranch-themed photos taken of or by children 13 years old or younger to be eligible to win one of six $1,000 NEST 529 College Savings Plan contributions. Contest entries will be accepted both by mail and online at NEST529.com/scholarships. In addition, entries will be accepted on the NEST 529 Facebook page in a tab titled “NEST on the Farm,” where followers also can view other photo submissions.
As part of the launch event, NEST 529 will sponsor a booth at the Arbor Day festival and will provide visitors with farm-themed photo props to take pictures that can be submitted for the drawing.
“We wanted to do something special this year by launching the scholarship drawing on Arbor Day weekend, in the very place where Arbor Day was born, Nebraska City,” said State Treasurer Stenberg. “We can think of no better way to introduce this scholarship opportunity than to weave it into the rich heritage of Nebraska, where agriculture drives our economy.”
To enter the NEST on the Farm drawing, the photographer or the subject must be 13 years old or younger as of June 30, 2018. Submissions will be split into two age groups: newborn to 5 years old and 6 to 13 years old. On or about July 15, 2018, NEST randomly will select one winner from each age group in each of Nebraska’s three congressional districts. Six winners will receive $1,000 each in the form of a NEST 529 College Savings Plan contribution and will be recognized at the 2018 Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island.
“By offering this scholarship, we aim to cultivate an appreciation for higher education in young people across the state, while also providing them with a unique and fun opportunity to save for the costs associated with attending college,” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha. “A simple snap of a photo in an agricultural setting makes this an easy and accessible way for Nebraska families to boost their savings, celebrate Nebraska’s proud farming heritage and plan for the future. We look forward to seeing this year’s round of creative—and adorable—entries.”
About NEST 529
The Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST 529) 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.
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.