Media Contacts:

Deborah Goodkin

Managing Director, Savings Plans

First National Bank


Charles Isom

Director of Communications

Nebraska State Treasurer's Office


Murante, NEST 529 Sprout Opportunities Announcing Farm-Themed Scholarship Winners

Six Young Nebraskans Each Awarded a $1,000 NEST 529 Account Contribution

Lincoln, Neb. (June 30, 2020) - Nebraska State Treasurer John Murante and First National Bank of Omaha today announced the winners of the NEST on the Farm Fun Photo $1,000 Drawing. The contest, which encouraged Nebraskans 13 years old and younger to celebrate their agricultural heritage and academic dreams through the submission of a farm themed photo, awarded six randomly-selected winners with a $1,000 NEST 529 College Savings Plan account contribution.

The winners are as follows:

               1st Congressional District 

             Augustus Knight, Lincoln, Age 3

             Raeleigh Schmid, Fremont, Age 10

                2nd Congressional District

                Savannah Soukup, Omaha, Age 3

              Sarah Reichmuth, Omaha, Age 13

                3rd Congressional District

                Raiden Isaac, Kearney, Age 5

              Ira Ritchie, Litchfield, Age 7

“We are thrilled to once again offer this exciting contest which helps celebrate our great state’s traditions, deeply rooted in agriculture,” said Nebraska State Treasurer John Murante. “I am proud to help young scholars and their families sow the seeds of their college savings. It was great to see such impressive and creative entries, and I’d like to extend my congratulations to all of this year’s winners.” 

“NEST 529 is always working to best support our Account Owners, helping to transform their dreams of higher education into a reality,” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha. “Our ultimate goal is to make higher education more financially accessible to Nebraskans and young learners nationwide. Through scholarship offerings like the NEST on the Farm Fun Photo contest, it is a particular joy to get to celebrate our agricultural heritage as well, which serves as a strong foundation throughout many of our Account Owners’ traditions.”

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.

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