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NEST 529 Awards 10 Grandparents in 5th Annual Dear Grandchild Drawing

More than $5,000 for NEST 529 College Savings Plan Accounts


Lincoln, Neb. (March 6, 2018) - First National Bank of Omaha and Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg today announced ten winning grandparents in the fifth annual Dear Grandchild Drawing. Each winner will receive a $529 contribution to a NEST 529 College Savings account for a beneficiary or beneficiaries of the winner’s choice.

To qualify for the scholarship drawing, each grandparent wrote a letter to a grandchild, great-niece or great-nephew, expressing words of encouragement and sharing hopes and dreams for the child’s educational future.

The ten winners are as follows:

  • Gwen Kautz – Overton, Nebraska
  • John Royster – Omaha, Nebraska
  • Kathy Allen – Omaha, Nebraska
  • Lyle Garwood – Central City, Nebraska
  • Michael Meisinger – Plattsmouth, Nebraska
  • Roxie Anderson – Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Christy Ehlers – Cole Camp, Missouri
  • Esther Klug – Fennville, Michigan
  • Kathy Fredrich – Belle Plaine, Minnesota
  • Wayne Wright – Morganville, Kansas

“For many children, grandparents are the backbone of the family. The unwavering support grandparents provide, as well as their wisdom and guidance, help shape the lives of their loved ones. We are happy to present NEST 529 contributions to these caring grandparents, and we look forward to the future educational success of their grandchildren,” said Treasurer Stenberg.

The Dear Grandchild Drawing ran from Sept. 6 through Nov. 30. Each winner may divide the contribution among up to four children. Two winners were selected from each congressional district in Nebraska, with the remaining four winners selected from outside Nebraska.

“Year after year, we are touched by the heartfelt thoughts expressed in these letters. Grandparents are among our most dedicated contributors and are committed to investing in their loved ones’ futures. It is rewarding to play a role in helping them give the priceless gift of higher education. We applaud all of the grandparents who wrote letters for instilling educational values in younger generations, and we look forward to more wonderful entries in years to come,” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha.

For scholarship contest rules, visit NEST529.com and click on Grow. Then select Scholarships & Rewards. Contest rules also are available at treasurer.nebraska.gov/csp/scholarships.

About NEST 529
NEST 529 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 252,000 accounts, including 78,000 in Nebraska. Visit NEST529.com and treasurer.nebraska.gov for more information.

About First National Bank of Omaha
First National Bank is a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska. First National of Nebraska is the largest privately owned banking company in the United States. First National and its affiliates have more than $21 billion in assets and 5,000 employee associates. Primary banking offices are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.

Investments Are Not FDIC Insured* · No Bank, State or Federal Guarantee · May Lose Value
*Except the Bank Savings Individual Investment Option