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[August 05, 2014]

Cute Babies Win More than $10,000 in NEST 529 Scholarships

OMAHA, Neb. --(Business Wire)--

First National Bank of Omaha and Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg are pleased to announce the winners of the Cute Baby! Photo Drawing. Winners will receive a total of more than $10,000 in scholarships, including grand prize winners who will receive $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500 respectively.

The Cute Baby! Photo Drawing gave families across the United States the opportunity to submit photos of their babies ages newborn to 18 months. By uploading a photo and providing basic contact information, the family was registered to win. Winners were randomly drawn from those who entered.

The scholarship winners are as follows:

  • First-Place Winner, $5,000 NEST Scholarship: Cambrie Thibault, DeSoto, KS
  • Second-Place Winner, $2,500 NEST Scholarship: John Perez, Bellevue, NE
  • Third-Place Winner, $1,500 NEST Scholarship: Dallis Kilgore, Omaha, NE

Additionally, the following winners were awarded scholarships in smaller amounts.

  • Colten Hook, Omaha, NE
  • Coltin Rydman, Kearney, NE
  • Ellie Jahn, Columbus, NE
  • Elliott Davis, LaVista, NE
  • Gracie Gernat, Aliquippa, PA

"The NEST Cute Baby! Photo Drawing provided an exciting opportunity for families to get a head start on college savings for their little ones," said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director of NEST at First National Bank of Omaha, the NEST Program Manager. "Our hope is that the drawing prompted families to begin thinking about starting early to save for college."


"We encourage families to start saving early for college through our Nebraska Educational Savings Trust to ensure that the resources are available when families need the resources the most. Saving early enables families to build up sizeable accounts that can be used at four-year colleges, community colleges, technical schools, and advanced educational programs across the United States and in many schools abroad," Treasurer Stenberg said. "Viewing these NEST CUTE Baby! photos reminds all of us at NEST of the importance of our work and of the need to encourage families to save for the future."

Annually, NEST awards more than $100,000 to families inside and outside of Nebraska through a number of scholarship initiatives. The prizes were provided by First National Bank of Omaha.

To see all the photos submitted, go to NEST529scholarships.com.

About First National Bank of Omaha

First National Bank of Omaha is a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska. First National of Nebraska has grown into the largest privately owned banking company in the United States. First National and its affiliates have $17 billion in managed assets and nearly 5,000 employee associates. Primary banking offices are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.

About NEST

NEST 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, the NEST Advisor College Savings Plan, the TD Ameritrade 529 College Savings Plan, and the State Farm College Savings Plan. The Nebraska State Treasurer serves as Program Trustee. First National Bank 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 215,000 accounts, including 62,000 in Nebraska. Visit NEST529.com and www.treasurer.org/cs/ for more information.

Investments Are Not FDIC Insured*  No Bank, State or Federal Guarantee  May Lose Value
*Except the Bank Savings Individual Investment Option


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