NEST 529 College Savings Plan inspires higher education dreams with $20,000 giveaway

LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg and First National Bank of Omaha today announced the launch of the 2017 Big Dreams $20K Giveaway, which will award four randomly selected winners each with a $5,000 contribution to a NEST 529 College Savings Plan account for a beneficiary 10 years old or younger.

Participants may enter the drawing at www.NEST529.com/BigDreamsGiveaway by October 31. This is the second Big Dreams Giveaway in 2017. The first giveaway, which accepted entries between March 9 and May 29, also awarded four winners with $5,000 contributions.

“By offering a second $20K Giveaway, we look forward to providing more families with a head start in contributing toward their college savings,” said Treasurer Stenberg, Trustee of NEST. “The Big Dreams Giveaway serves a dual purpose: to help families financially achieve their children’s academic and professional goals and to help children understand the value of planning ahead and saving for higher education.”

“We have witnessed the impact the Big Dreams $20K Giveaway has on participants, and the benefits are unparalleled,” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha. “We encourage families to enter for a chance to add $5,000 to their savings. Not only is it easy, but becoming educated on the importance of saving for the future allows these families to begin building a solid foundation of financial stability for their children’s higher education goals. At the NEST 529 College Savings Plan, we truly believe that children can accomplish their wildest dreams—and we aim to aid them in their journeys to success.”

Since 2015, $90,000 has been given to families saving for college through the Big Dreams Giveaway. Funding for the scholarships is provided by First National Bank of Omaha. Throughout the year, the NEST 529 Plan regularly offers scholarships, contests and drawings. More information is available at NEST529.com, NEST529Advisor.com or treasurer.nebraska.gov.