First National Bank of Omaha is pleased to announce the winners of the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST) “Draw Your Dreams” scholarship contest. A total of $51,000 in scholarships was awarded to 24 contestants. Twelve winners each received $3,500 and 12 runners-up each received $750 deposited into a NEST Direct College Savings Plan scholarship account.
“Draw Your Dreams” was announced September 27 and ran through October 31. The contest was open to Nebraska students in the first through eighth grades. To qualify, students were required to draw and submit 9- by 12-inch landscape-oriented pictures of what they dream of becoming when they grow up. The winners’ art will be featured in the 2013 NEST Calendar. The Nebraska Art Teachers Association selected the 12 winners and 12 runners-up from more than 420 entries. The scholarship winners, as well as runners-up, are listed below:
“We are thrilled by the increased participation in the second year of this contest and the beautiful artwork we received from children across the state of Nebraska,” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Nebraska College Savings Plans at First National Bank of Omaha. “On behalf of NEST and First National Bank of Omaha, I would like to congratulate all of the winners and runners-up for their inspiring drawings and for sharing their dreams of the future.”
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 NEST529.com and treasurer.nebraska.gov for more information.