First National Bank of Omaha and the Omaha Children’s Museum announced today a scholarship contest in honor of their Dinosaurs, Dawn of the Ice Age exhibit. One contest winner will receive a $3,500 scholarship, to be invested in a NEST Direct 529 College Savings Plan account. The scholarship is sponsored by First National Bank of Omaha. NEST is Nebraska’s 529 College Savings Plans and First National Bank of Omaha serves as the Program Manager.
“First National Bank has a longstanding commitment to the community and the education of our youth,” said David Cota, Senior Managing Director, First National Bank of Omaha. “The Dinosaurs, Dawn of the Ice Age Scholarship Contest furthers that commitment by providing children with a fun opportunity to get a head start on saving for college.”
To qualify, each contestant must submit a photograph of themselves taken in the large nest at the NEST Direct 529 College Savings Plan exhibit located on the second floor of the Omaha Children’s Museum. Entries may be submitted online by going to www.ocm.org. Entries must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on December 16, 2011.
“We are thrilled to partner with First National Bank of Omaha on this exciting scholarship opportunity for children,” said Lindy Hoyer, executive director of Omaha Children’s Museum. “For 35 years, Omaha Children’s Museum has been dedicated to engaging the imagination of children and creating excitement about learning.”
One winner will be selected on December 23, 2011, in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received. Additional qualifications include:
First National Bank of Omaha is a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska. First National of Nebraska has grown into the largest privately owned banking company in the United States. First National and its affiliates have $17 billion in managed assets and nearly 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 the Program Trustee. First National Bank serves as the Program Manager, and all investments are approved by the Nebraska Investment Council. Currently, more than 52,000 families in Nebraska and over 180,000 nationwide are saving for their children’s higher education through NEST. For more information, visit www.NEST529.com.
Since its inception in 1976, Omaha Children's Museum has been a special place where children can challenge themselves, discover how the world works and learn through play. The mission of Omaha Children's Museum is to engage the imagination and create excitement about learning. The museum's permanent exhibits include Charlie Campbell Science & Technology Center, Creative Arts Center including the Karen Levin Artist-in-Residence Studio and Imagination Playground. In addition to its permanent exhibits, Omaha Children's Museum offers educational programs, traveling exhibitions, field trips, outreach programs, summer camps and early childhood programs. For more information visit www.ocm.org.