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NEST 529 Awards More Than $5,000 in Dear Grandchild Drawing

10 Grandparents Receive $529 Contribution to a NEST 529 Account

Lincoln, Neb. (February 12, 2019) - Nebraska State Treasurer John Murante and First National Bank of Omaha today announced the winning grandparents in the annual NEST 529 Dear Grandchild Drawing. Each of the ten winners will receive a $529 contribution, to be divided among the NEST 529 College Savings Plan accounts of up to four beneficiaries of the winner’s choice.

Entrants wrote a letter to a grandchild, great-niece or great-nephew detailing their hopes and dreams for the child’s academic future. The ten winners are as follows:

  • John Benjamin, Clear Lake, Iowa
  • Rhonda Artrup, Kearney, Nebraska
  • Cindi Saldivar, Kearney, Nebraska
  • Geraldine Barry, Ashland, Nebraska
  • Ruth Kupfer, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Jeffrey Kopietz, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Joan Steffensmeier, Papillion, Nebraska
  • Kathryn Sokoloff, Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
  • Georgia Whitman, New Castle, Pennsylvania
  • Gail Possley, Baldwin, Wisconsin

“Grandparents are among NEST 529’s greatest supporters and contributors. I’m proud to carry on the tradition of the Dear Grandchild award, and to join generations of grandparents and other relatives across the country in fostering the academic dreams of the next generation of scholars,” said Treasurer Murante.

The sixth annual Dear Grandchild Drawing ran from Sept. 4 through Nov. 30. Two winners were selected from each congressional district in Nebraska, with the remaining four winners selected from outside Nebraska.

“The NEST 529 community is made up of many exceptionally dedicated grandparents. It was heartwarming to read their letters and to catch a firsthand glimpse of the care, assurance and inspiration these grandparents provide. We’d like to extend our congratulations to this year’s winners and encourage all grandparents, parents, family members and friends to continue to promote strong educational values,” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha.

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, NEST Advisor College Savings Plan, TD Ameritrade 529 College Savings Plan, and State Farm 529 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 over 84,000 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 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 Investment Option