Grandparents Win $8,000 in NEST 529 College Scholarships for Writing Inspirational Letters to Grandchildren

Dear Grandchild Contest Winners Announced by First National Bank of Omaha and Nebraska State Treasurer

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First National Bank of Omaha and Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg are pleased to announce the winners of the Dear Grandchild contest. Winners will receive a total of $8,000 in scholarship money into NEST 529 college savings accounts for their grandchildren.

Dear Grandchild invited grandparents to write letters to grandchildren, sharing the grandparents’ hopes and dreams and urging the grandchildren to plan for college. More than 485 letters were entered into the drawing. Four were randomly selected as winners to receive scholarships of $2,000 each, provided by First National Bank of Omaha, program manager for NEST, Nebraska’s 529 college savings plans.

The winners are as follows:

  • Sharon “Sue” Bentley, Fremont, Neb.
  • Peggy Stark, Lincoln, Neb.
  • Ron Tussing, Sheridan, Mont.
  • Lynda Ravenscroft, Valentine, Neb.

“Thank you to all the grandparents and great aunts and uncles who wrote sincere and tender letters to the special children in their lives in the Dear Grandchild contest sponsored by the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust. The letters expressed the hopes and dreams of all of us for children in Nebraska and across this nation. We all wish for children’s success and happiness, and we know that higher education, whether it be a four-year college, technical school, or graduate program, will make a difference in these young lives. Saving through a NEST savings account is a step toward making these dreams reality,” State Treasurer Stenberg said.

“This contest proved to be a great opportunity for grandparents to share hopes and dreams for their grandchildren’s future,” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director of NEST at First National Bank of Omaha, the NEST Program Manager. “We were truly inspired by the thoughtfulness of these letters and the passion grandparents showed for their grandchildren to pursue higher education. Clearly, grandparents want much success and happiness for their grandchildren.”

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 the NEST 529 plans, which have more than 214,000 accounts, including 61,000 in Nebraska. For more information, visit or

Investments Are Not FDIC Insured* No Bank, State or Federal Guarantee May Lose Value

*Except the Bank Savings Individual Investment Option

Nebraska State Treasurer’s Office
Jana Langemach, 402-471-8884
Director of Communications
First National Bank
Christina Kahler, 402-602-6549
Marketing Director, College Savings Plans
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