With State Treasurer Don Stenberg at his side, Gov. Pete Ricketts proclaimed September to be College Savings Month in Nebraska in a proclamation signing ceremony Wednesday, Sept. 9, in the Warner Chamber of the State Capitol.
With them were Deborah Goodkin of First National Bank of Omaha, managing director of the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust, and Rachel Biar, director of the college savings program for the State Treasurer’s Office.
Stenberg spoke about the tax advantages of saving for college through the NEST college savings program, and Goodkin told about two ongoing promotions offering college savings scholarships as prizes. The Dear Grandparent promotion begins this week, and the Draw Your Dreams contest was announced last week. Details of both are available at treasurer.nebraska.gov/csp/scholarships.
More than 20 proclamations were issued at the ceremony.
Ricketts thanked the people receiving proclamations and attending the event. “Thank you for what you do to make this a great place to live, and work, and raise a family,” he said. “Nebraskans are engaged in their communities, churches, and schools, and by being here today, you represent the great spirit of Nebraska.”
In the College Savings Month proclamation, Gov. Ricketts encouraged “families and employers throughout the state to recognize the benefit of attaining higher education and encourage the families of Nebraska to begin savings for their children’s education.”