The winner of the Fantastic Future Me scholarship drawing at the Riverside Discovery Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, was announced today by First National Bank of Omaha and Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg.
Andrew Lindberg, of Omaha, Nebraska, received a $1,000 contribution to a NEST 529 college savings account. In addition, 15 new NEST account owners each received a $25 bonus contribution to a NEST account.
The scholarship and bonuses were offered as part of the Fantastic Future Me exhibit, which was on display Aug. 15 to Dec. 15 in the Don Steen Heritage Room at the Riverside Discovery Center Heritage Barn. The interactive exhibit, created by the Omaha Children’s Museum and Gallup, allowed children to envision themselves in future roles by creating personalized, one-of-a-kind avatars.
The first 50 new NEST college savings accounts using a location-specific promotion code were eligible to each receive a $25 contribution into an account. All new account owners using the code also were entered in the $1,000 scholarship drawing.
“At NEST, we focus on the importance of children dreaming about their futures and planning for what they might want to do when they grow up. We also focus on helping parents and grandparents save for those dreams and plans. Our focus fits perfectly with this traveling exhibit as children explore career possibilities through Fantastic Future Me. How these children envision their futures is up to them, but the adults in their lives have a very important role to play in how the children get there,” said Treasurer Stenberg, Trustee of NEST.
“Our team at NEST is always looking for ways to motivate children to dream for their futures and for parents to save for those dreams. The Fantastic Future Me tour allows us to do that in a fun, interactive way,” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans at First National Bank of Omaha. “As children visualize what their future may hold—from becoming artists, to scientists, to teachers and even President of the United States—we are happy to help pave the financial path that will direct them to their dreams.”
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.
About First National Bank of Omaha
First National Bank of Omaha is a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska. First National of Nebraska and its affiliates have more than $23 billion in assets and 5,000 employee associates. Primary banking offices are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.