The deadline for entries in the 2018 NEST on the Farm Fun Photo Drawing is June 30, Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg reminded Nebraska families. Six winners will each receive a $1,000 NEST 529 College Savings Plan contribution in the drawing, which is open to children age 13 and younger and their families.
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 the six $1,000 NEST 529 contributions. Entries are accepted by mail and online at NEST529.com/scholarships. Entries also are accepted on the NEST 529 Facebook page in a tab on the right, titled “NEST on the Farm.”
“As Trustee of NEST 529, I look forward to this annual event and to hosting the winners in the Family Fun Zone at the Nebraska State Fair. NEST on the Farm provides a perfect opportunity for families to begin saving for the expense of higher education and to learn about effective ways to save through our excellent state-sponsored college savings program, which provides significant tax benefits for Nebraska savers,” Stenberg said.
“There’s no better place to emphasize the values of farm and ranch life and the importance of agriculture to the state’s economy than the Nebraska State Fair,’ Stenberg said. “The NEST on the Farm photos cause us all to stop and appreciate the rural life around us and the values of hard work, honesty, and family that rural life promotes and we all appreciate.”
Money for the NEST 529 contributions comes from First National Bank of Omaha, Program Manager of NEST. 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. In mid-July, NEST randomly will select one winner from each age group in each of Nebraska’s three congressional districts.
About NEST 529
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 529 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 over 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.