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NEST 529 Dedicates $20K to Support Higher Education Dreams

Winners of the NEST 529 Big Dreams $20K Giveaway Announced

Lincoln, Neb. (September 24, 2019) - Nebraska State Treasurer John Murante and First National Bank of Omaha today announced the winners of the NEST 529 Big Dreams $20K Giveaway which ran from May 7 to July 31, 2019. The four randomly selected winners were each awarded a $5,000 NEST 529 College Savings Plan account contribution.

This year’s winners are:

  • Cynthia Harms, LaVista, Nebraska
  • Mike Beran, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Mark Pohl, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Timothy Slavin, Jr., Fair Haven, New Jersey

“With the rising costs of higher education, it’s more important than ever for families to create a plan and implement a smart savings strategy. For this reason, I’m pleased that we can once again offer the NEST 529 Big Dreams $20K Giveaway to help boost Account Owners’ savings,” said Nebraska State Treasurer John Murante. “I’d like to encourage young scholars to never be deterred when it comes to their academic aspirations, to work hard at their studies and to turn their educational dreams into a reality.”

“At NEST 529, it is our mission to help every child achieve their higher education hopes and dreams and to help guide families every step of the way in their savings process. We hope that this giveaway, like all of our other scholarships, prompts important conversations about savings amongst the NEST 529 community,” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha. “We extend heartfelt congratulations to the Big Dreams winners, and we look forward to their future academic achievements.”

More information is available at NEST529.com and 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 266,000 accounts, including over 86,000 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 $23 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