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Treasurer Murante, NEST 529 Honors Agricultural Heritage with Scholarship Ceremony at Nebraska State Fair

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

Lincoln, Neb. (August 24, 2019) - 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. In a ceremony this morning at the Nebraska State Fair, Treasurer Murante congratulated the six young winners, and awarded each a NEST 529 account contribution.

For the fifth year running, the drawing has encouraged Nebraskans 13 years old and younger to explore their agricultural heritage and academic dreams with a farm-themed photo submission. The winners are as follows:

1st Congressional District

Samiyah Khalil, Lincoln, age 3

Emory Rhoads, Lincoln, age 7

2nd Congressional District

Thea Fries, Omaha, age 7

Savannah Soukup, Omaha, age 2

3rd Congressional District

Cutler Schmaltz, Bayard, age 5

Quinn Rosentreader, Mason City, age 6

“Nebraska’s roots are deeply embedded in farming and agriculture. This Drawing is an annual opportunity to share in the joys and aspirations of our community – and the Nebraska State Fair is the perfect setting to honor all who participated,” said Nebraska State Treasurer John Murante. “It is with great pride that NEST 529 is able to contribute to each winner’s college savings, and to spark conversations about planning for the academic future. My best wishes to all young Nebraskans preparing for a new school year and for higher education”

“At NEST 529, we know that saving for college is about more than just budgets and timelines. It’s also about celebrating milestones, setting goals and working hard make dreams of higher education a reality,” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha. “The NEST on the Farm Fun Photo $1,000 Drawing gives families the opportunity to work together and engage more fully with the college savings journey, while celebrating the rich agricultural history of our community.”

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 266,000 accounts, including over 86,000 in Nebraska. Visit and for more information.

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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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