In celebration of Nebraska’s 150th anniversary of statehood, First National Bank of Omaha and Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg have awarded a $5,000 contribution to each of four NEST 529 College Savings account owners, for selected beneficiaries 8 years old or younger.
The contributions were awarded as part of the My Nebraska Big Dreams Giveaway, a campaign open to eligible Nebraska residents who entered online or by mail. The prizes were provided by First National Bank. Below are the names of the four randomly selected winners:
“In recognition of Nebraska’s 150th anniversary, we wanted to honor our great state while at the same time award residents with an investment in their loved ones’ higher education,” said Treasurer Stenberg, Trustee of NEST. “We look forward to the future educational accomplishments of these young minds.”
The contest was offered in conjunction with “Truckin’ Through Nebraska,” a mobile children’s museum that encouraged children to envision their future career possibilities while learning the history of Nebraska in celebration of its 150th anniversary. The museum toured 42 communities from April through October.
“By bringing Nebraska’s past and future together, the interactive museum provided a wonderful learning experience for children throughout the state. It not only taught them something about our history, but it also allowed the children to explore their own futures, encouraging them to dream big,” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha. “At NEST, we believe children deserve the chance to pursue their aspirations free of financial barriers, which is why we offer scholarships—to help pave the way for their future success.”
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 79,000 in Nebraska. Visit NEST529.com and treasurer.nebraska.gov for more information.
About First National Bank of Omaha
First National Bank is a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska. First National of Nebraska is the largest privately owned banking company in the United States. First National 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.