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NEST 529 College Savings Plan Rewards Young Dreamers, Features Artwork in Capitol

7th Annual ‘Draw Your Dreams’ Scholarship Contest Announces 12 Winners

Lincoln, Neb. (August 21, 2018) - First National Bank of Omaha and Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg today announced this year’s Draw Your Dreams scholarship winners, each of whom will take home a $1,000 contribution to a NEST 529 College Savings account.

The winners’ artwork will be displayed in the Nebraska State Capitol from September 17 through September 28, 2018. The Draw Your Dreams contest, which is held each September in celebration of College Savings Month, encourages students to envision their dreams for the future.

“Draw Your Dreams encourages young people to express their creativity and shows them that planning ahead can be fun and empowering,” said Treasurer Stenberg, Trustee of NEST 529. “This contest is a catalyst for important conversations about the future, and we hope families and students will be inspired to begin talking about their educational and vocational dreams. We are proud to offer the scholarship money that will provide a foundation for these goals.”

Contest participants—ranging in age from kindergarten to 8th grade—used a variety of artistic styles and techniques to represent their hopes for the future. Members of the Nebraska Art Teachers Association judged the entries and selected the 12 winners. A total of 83 entries were received. The winners’ grade levels and hometowns follow:                                

                                 Sylvie Benge                           3rd             Lincoln, Nebraska

                                 Clara Bloom                           8th             New Canaan, Connecticut

                                 Addie Boyles                           1st             Litchfield, Nebraska

                                 Emry Brandon                        2nd             Bellevue, Nebraska

                                 Rachel Dia                              6th             Nebraska City, Nebraska

                                 Caydence Feldman                  4th             Litchfield, Nebraska

                                 Julia McNamara              Kindergarten     Papillion, Nebraska      

                                 Katherine Paitz                       7th             Litchfield, Nebraska

                                 Grace Reitz                             4th             Pleasanton, Nebraska

                                 Gracie Ritchie                         4th             Litchfield, Nebraska

                                 Kaylee Rohde                         7th             Litchfield, Nebraska     

                                 Kellan Wilken                        2nd             Meadow Grove, Nebraska                                

“At NEST 529, we strive to make the road to higher education as simple and affordable as possible for families,” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha. “Each year, Draw Your Dreams helps us work towards that ambition and allows families to begin discussions of children’s academic futures in artistic and unconventional ways. Motivating students to plan ahead is essential, and it’s a joy to witness their inspiration through these drawings.

“We want to congratulate all the winners and especially take note that six of the 12 winners are from the same small Nebraska school, Litchfield Public Schools. Since neither names nor hometowns are included with the artwork during judging, these pieces stood out all on their own. Congratulations to all 12 winners.”

More information is available at NEST529.comNEST529Advisor.com or treasurer.nebraska.gov.

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 260,000 accounts, including over 82,000 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

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