You give. We give. It all adds up to greater savings.

We don't just talk the talk. NEST is committed to doing our part to help more children achieve their dreams of a college education. We offer scholarships, contests and drawings regularly — check back often to see the latest opportunities to save more.

Current NEST 529 scholarships, contests and bonuses

Why I Want to Go to College

"Why I Want to Go to College" writing contest for a chance to win a Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST) scholarship and a ticket to the May 1 Storm Chasers game at Werner Park in Papillion.

Click here for rules.

Kids Savings Program $25 Bonus

Children in Nebraska will learn the importance of saving by making deposits into their minor savings account at a participating First National or affiliate bank. After a child makes a deposit of $5 or more on each of five visits into his or her minor savings account (for a minimum total of $25), the child will be eligible to receive a $25 bonus into his or her NEST Direct College Savings Plan account. Notification of eligibility will arrive by mail after the first deposit.

Click here for official rules and instructions.

2015 completed scholarships:

  • Fantastic Future Me Tour Bonus and Drawings
  • Draw Your Dreams
  • Big Dreams $10K Giveaway
  • AIP Bonus
  • $100 Bonus for Kids 8 and Younger
  • Dear Grandchild
  • NEST Read to Win $529 Drawing
  • NEST on the Farm Fun Photo $1,000 Drawing
  • Teach Children to Save $529 Drawing
  • Teddy Bear Weekend Drawing
  • Baby Love Essentials Drawing
  • Why I Want to Go to College Essay Contest

Rewards:

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Upromise®: Help turn everyday purchases into money for college

Upromise1 is a free to join rewards program that can turn everyday purchases - from shopping online to dining out, from booking travel to buying groceries - into cash back for college. A percentage of your eligible spending will be deposited into your Upromise account. You can link your Upromise account to your NEST Direct Plan account and have your college savings automatically transferred.

Click here to learn more about Upromise

Disclosures

1Upromise is an optional service offered by Upromise, Inc., is separate from the Plan and is not affiliated with First National Bank of Omaha or the State of Nebraska. Transfers from Upromise to a Plan account are subject to a $25 minimum. Terms and conditions apply to the Upromise service. Participating companies, contribution levels and terms and conditions are subject to change at any time without notice. Upromise is a registered service mark of Upromise, Inc.