Nebraska’s 529 College Savings Plan Awards $10,000 to Essay Winners

First National Bank of Omaha and State Treasurer Don Stenberg today announced the winners of the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST) “Focus on a Career” essay contest. Ten students from across the state each received a $1,000 contribution deposited into a NEST College Savings Plan account.

Congratulations to the following winners:

Alec PreisterLindsay, NE
Alexander HannappelNorfolk, NE
Ben RhodesGretna, NE
Grace DickasOmaha, NE
Greta WelchChadron, NE
Lauren FossOmaha, NE
Lauren JacobsenWisner, NE
Reagan ScottLincoln, NE
Ryan MelansonOmaha, NE
Sol MarburgOmaha, NE

The “Focus on a Career” essay contest was launched May 2 and ran through May 31. Nebraska students, ages 11-14, were asked to submit typed essays describing their first week in their desired careers. Entries were received from 133 students and judged by employees from Metropolitan Community College's Emerging Leaders program.

About NEST

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 261,000 accounts, including 84,000 in Nebraska. Visit and for more information.

Investments Are Not FDIC Insured* · No Bank, State or Federal Guarantee · May Lose Value
*Except the Bank Savings Individual Investment Option
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