Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg today announced the winners of the annual NEST on the Farm Fun Photo $1,000 Drawing at the 2018 Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island.
The six winners were each awarded a $1,000 contribution to a NEST 529 College Savings Plan account during a presentation by Treasurer Stenberg and Assistant State Treasurer Rachel Biar in the CHI Health Pavilion (formerly known as the Family Fun Zone Stage). The contributions were provided by First National Bank of Omaha, Program Manager of NEST.
The winners, all from Nebraska, and their ages and hometowns are as follows:
Congressional District 1
Congressional District 2
Congressional District 3
In the annual NEST on the Farm Drawing, Nebraska residents are encouraged to submit farm- or ranch-themed photos taken of or by children 13 years old or younger. This year’s contest ran from April 27 to June 30.
“Through their photographs, this year’s winners displayed creativity as well as pride in their Nebraska farm and ranch heritage,” said Stenberg, Trustee of NEST. “It’s a privilege to honor their appreciation for Nebraska agriculture at the State Fair. We have no doubt these children will use this scholarship money to achieve academic success and to make Nebraskans proud.”
“Year after year, we look forward to recognizing the NEST on the Farm scholarship winners, as families around the state impress us with their unique and original interpretations of farm life shown in their photos,” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha. “We are encouraged to see widespread participation in an initiative that is not only fun, but also showcases the importance of farm and ranch life, while helping to further the higher education dreams of tomorrow’s leaders.”
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 260,000 accounts, including 83,000 in Nebraska. Visit NEST529.com and treasurer.nebraska.gov for more information.