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Murante, NEST 529 Shine Light on Summer Fun Scholarship Winners

Ten Young Nebraskans Each Awarded a $2,000 NEST 529 Account Contribution

Lincoln, Neb. (October 14, 2020) - Nebraska State Treasurer John Murante and First National Bank of Omaha today announced the winners of the NEST 529 Summer Fun Photo $2,000 Giveaway. The contest, which encouraged families nationwide to enter a fun summer-themed photo of their child 10 years old or younger, awarded ten randomly-selected winners each with a $2,000 NEST 529 College Savings Plan account contribution.

The winners are as follows:

  • Onyinye Elochukwu, Citrus Heights, CA
  • Edwina Wood, Woodland Hills, CA
  • Ken ONeill, Suffield, CT
  • Jacob Barry, Ashland, NE
  • Ericka Shaffer, Aurora, NE
  • Robyn Dickerson, Papillion, NE
  • Dana Springer, Independence, OH
  • David Arciniega, Moore, OK
  • Valentine Serna, Cedar Park, TX
  • Barbara Miller, Houston, TX

“During this unprecedented year, the NEST 529 Summer Fun Photo $2,000 Giveaway was a wonderful opportunity to share joy and togetherness, while sparking conversations about young children’s bright academic futures,” said Nebraska State Treasurer John Murante. “Congratulations to the ten winners, and my very best wishes to every family who is working hard to make dreams of higher education a reality for their loved ones.” 

“At NEST 529 our goal is to be a dependable and empowering college savings partner for families across the country. We are thrilled to offer this scholarship and to provide these ten young winners with an extra boost on their college savings journey,” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha. “As students settle in to a new school year, it is my hope that the NEST 529 Summer Fun Photo $2,000 Giveaway and other scholarships continue to help reinforce the exciting and diverse potential of higher education, and the tools needed to help make it a reality.”

For a list of past and currently running NEST 529 scholarships, visit

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 281,000 accounts, including over 93,000 in Nebraska. Visit and 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