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NEST 529 Dedicates $40K to Support Big Dreams for Higher Education

Eight Winners Each Awarded a $5,000 NEST 529 Account Contribution

Lincoln, Neb. (May 19, 2020) - Nebraska State Treasurer John Murante and First National Bank of Omaha today announced the winners of the NEST 529 Big Dreams $40K Giveaway, which ran from January 1 through March 31, 2020. The eight randomly selected winners were each awarded a $5,000 NEST 529 College Savings Plan account contribution.

This year’s winners are:

  • Abra Frisch, Peck, Kansas     
  • Rebecca Zurn, Alliance, Nebraska
  • Brandy Coffin, Beatrice, Nebraska
  • Bryan Ottoson, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Nick Gates, Ord, Nebraska
  • Todd Hanneman, Sutherland, Nebraska
  • Garrett Storer, Sutherland, Nebraska
  • Jamie Thorpe, Valentine, Nebraska

“With hard work and dedication, the sky is the limit for young learners pursuing their dreams for the future. The NEST 529 Big Dreams $40K Giveaway is a fantastic vehicle to spark conversations about the important role higher education plays in pursuing those goals,” said Nebraska State Treasurer John Murante. “Amidst such uncertain times, I am particularly proud to announce such good news for these eight lucky families, and to offer my congratulations to all who participated.”

“The NEST 529 Big Dreams Giveaway is one of our biggest annual scholarship opportunities. This year, we were delighted to double to prize money, providing twice as many young winners access to this fantastic savings boost,” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha. “As we celebrate the peak of graduation season, whether that be from kindergarten or high school, we are reminded that higher education is just around the corner. Through every step of the academic journey, NEST 529 remains a steadfast partner to help families save for their educational dreams.”

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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 275,000 accounts, including over 89,000 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