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

NEST on the Farm $1,000 Fun Photo Drawing Begins February 21

Enter to Win! Share a glimpse of farm life with us! Nebraska residents can submit a fun farm photo of a child 13 years old or younger by June 30, 2019, to be eligible for a drawing to win a NEST College Savings Plan contribution. Six winners will be drawn to receive $1,000 each! No Purchase necessary to Win!

Click here for Official Rules.

Why I Want to Go to College Writing Sweepstakes for 7th and 8th Graders

Sponsored by the Nebraska Treasurer's Office and the Omaha Storm Chasers

Students are asked to reflect on the value of a college education and what they hope to achieve through higher education. Three winners will be selected from each of Nebraska's three U.S. Congressional Districts. Three winners also will be selected from outside Nebraska. All winners will receive contributions to NEST college savings plans.

For details on how to enter and sweepstakes rules click here.

For sweepstakes entry cover sheet click here.

New Year New Account $100 Bonus

Get a head start on college savings with a $100 bonus for opening a new NEST 529 College Savings Account. Be one of the first 100 individuals to open and contribute a minimum of $100 to a new account for a child who is eight years old or younger between January 1, 2019 and March 31, 2019 with the Promo Code provided, and receive a $100 Bonus contribution into your new account.

Click here for the Promo Code.

Click here for Official Rules.

2018 Completed Scholarships

  • Dear Grandchild Drawing
  • Fall Festivities $1000 Photo Drawing
  • Back to School Fun Photo $2,000 Drawing
  • Read to Win
  • Big Dreams $20K Giveaway
  • NEST on the Farm $1,000 Fun Photo Drawing!
  • Draw Your Dreams
  • "Why I Want to Go to College" Writing Contest

2017 Completed Scholarships

  • Nebraska NEST Birthday Babies
  • $100 Young Beneficiary New Account Bonus
  • Dear Grandchild Drawing
  • Big Dreams $20K Giveaway
  • NEST College Savings Celebrates Nebraska 150th Anniversary
  • Kids Savings Program $25 Bonus
  • Big Dreams $20K 2017
  • Draw Your Dreams 2017
  • Why I want to go to college
  • NEST on the Farm Fun Photo $1,000 Drawing

2016 Completed Scholarships:

  • Fantastic Future Me Tour Bonus and Drawings
  • Big Dreams $20K 2016
  • $100 AIP Bonus
  • Dear Grandchild 2016
  • Draw Your Dreams 2016
  • Big Dreams $20K Giveaway
  • NEST on the Farm Fun Photo $1,000 Drawing
  • Why I Want to Go to College Essay Contest
  • Young Beneficiary New Account $100 Bonus

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

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.