Scholarship Portal Now Open November 1st-March 1st

OPS Students,

Are you an upcoming graduate interested in learning more about Omaha Public Schools Foundation scholarship opportunities?

Omaha Public Schools Foundation administers scholarships for Omaha Public Schools graduating seniors. You can preview the scholarship requirements here and apply online.

The Omaha Public Schools Foundation strives to raise new scholarship dollars each year to provide optimal funding for Omaha Public Schools graduating seniors the opportunity to pursue post-secondary education, while growing established endowments.  #OPSFpossible

Please contact your high school counselor and/or scholarship committee for information on all scholarships offered through the district.

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The Allee Willis Artist Scholarship

Allee Willis was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and was gifted in both visual and performing arts. Her songwriting hits included September, In The Stone, and Boogie Wonderland for Earth, Wind and Fire, and hits for such artists as Rita Coolidge, Sister Sledge, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Cyndi Lauper, and the Pointer Sisters. She was nominated for an Emmy for the theme song from Friends, I’ll Be There For You. She won Grammy Awards for Best Soundtrack for Beverly Hills Cop and Best Musical Theatre Album, The Color Purple. She was also nominated for a Tony Award for The Color Purple for Original Musical Score. Ms. Willis was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018. The breadth of her work is testament to the importance of all art forms, and its ability to educate, excite, and unite.

Willis was also an amazing visual artist, active as a painter, ceramicist, and sculptor. She was an accomplished art director and set designer.


In honor of her exemplary and ground-breaking career in the arts, her sister is establishing The Allie Willis Artist Scholarship, honoring an outstanding senior visual and/or performing arts student at South High Magnet School. The selected student will pursue, through college and/or career, one or more of the fields in which Ms. Willis excelled.

Eligible Schools:

South High Magnet School

Selection Criteria:

The selected recipient MUST be obtaining a degree in the visual arts (which includes set design, costume design, songwriting, music in general and/or painting, etc.).

The student will demonstrate:

  1. Academic proficiency;
  2. Active and successful involvement in music technology and/or film;
  3. Involvement in instrumental music (band, guitar, piano, orchestra) for at least 2 years
  4. Successful completion of Mixed Media, Applied Design, or Honors/AP visual and performing arts courses;
  5. Interest and competence in music composing, sound recording, music industry work, and/or visual arts exhibitions or installations;
  6. Involvement in community/public arts exhibits, competitions, and events.

Selection Process:

The award will be forwarded to the recipient’s college of choice upon receipt of proof of enrollment and a “Thank You” note directed to the donor.



Administered By:

Omaha Public Schools Foundation
Toba Cohen-Dunning, Executive Director
3861 Farnam St.
Omaha, NE 68131

Arlene E. Lindquist Scholarship


$500.00 scholarship is awarded to a student who attended Boyd Elementary School. Payable to an educational institution of recipient’s choice. Verification of enrollment should be sent directly to the Omaha Public Schools Foundation for payment directly to the educational institution.

Eligible Recipients:

A graduating senior who attended Boyd Elementary. Must have a 3.5 GPA.

Selection Criteria:

1. Student must submit the Arlene E Lindquist Scholarship Application with all its requirements.

2. Student must submit 2 letters of recommendation from teachers or school administrators.

3. Student must submit a current transcript and financial information.

4. Student must submit a short essay. Essay is to focus on their positive experiences at Boyd Elementary and describe how important this scholarship is to you. Student must also list field of study and which college(s) they are applying to.

Selection Process:

Final recipients will be chosen by the Boyd scholarship committee. The award will be forwarded to the recipient’s college of choice upon receipt of proof of enrollment and a “Thank You” note directed to the donor.

Administered By:

Omaha Public Schools Foundation
Toba Cohen-Dunning, Executive Director
3861 Farnam St.
Omaha, NE 68131

Bernard Hogan Memorial Scholarship

Thank you for your interest in the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Bernard Hogan Memorial Scholarship. Please carefully review the scholarship information and your completed application before submission. You are responsible for submitting all required information in one complete package. Applications without all required supporting documentation will not be considered.


This scholarship was created to assist African American males attending colleges and universities in Nebraska with the cost of tuition, books, room and board. To be eligible students must have maintained a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, plan on attending a (2) two or (4) four year post-secondary institution in Nebraska and have demonstrated Service for Humanity.


The following materials must accompany each scholarship application:

  1. Unofficial High School or College Transcript.
  2. Resume and Wallet Size, Digital Photo.
  3. Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
  4. High school teacher, college faculty or faculty member who can attest to the
    applicant’s high level of scholarship.
  5. Community leader, college faculty or staff member who can attest to the applicant’s
    achievements in community service.
  6. 250 word statement describing your educational goals and career aspirations.
  7. 250 word statement describing why service for humanity is important.

Please submit the online form linked below to complete the scholarship the application process.

*** Bernard Hogan Memorial Scholarship Application (2022-2023)***


All applications must be postmarked by April 15, 2023. All applications postmarked following that date will not be accepted.  The winner(s) of the scholarship will be notified by May 1, 2023.


The winner(s) of this scholarship will receive a one-time disbursement of at least $500.00 to be used for expenses including tuition, books, room and board. The check will be made out to the scholarship recipient and the office to which the money is to be applied such as the university bookstore or the business office. Once the award recipient has been chosen he will have the opportunity to identify where the scholarship will be applied.

Awards will be issued accordingly after August 1st for the ensuing academic year.

Brian Slobotski Memorial Scholarship


This scholarship is in memory of Brian J. Slobotski, a 2010 Omaha North High graduate, who despite his limited mobility due to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy was able to inspire individuals to overcome their own challenges and make a positive impact on the world.

Eligible Schools:

Omaha North High will submit 5 eligible candidates by March 1st of the current school year to the Omaha Schools Foundation.

Selection Criteria:

A graduating senior at Omaha North High who has thrived in the face of adversity. Special consideration will be given to active football players and/or student managers.

  1.  Describe (attach an essay) how you have overcome adversity in your life.
  2. Describe (attach an essay) what your future career goals are.
  3. Student must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 or higher upon graduation.
  4. Student must be pursuing further education at an accredited educational institution, college or university.
  5. Student must demonstrate excellent character, reputation and show participation in community service activities, school clubs or organizations and provide 2 non-family letters of recommendation from counselors or teachers.
  6. Attach a current resume.



$1,000 each semester for one year will be payable to the accredited educational institution, college or university upon the Omaha Schools Foundation’s receipt of verification of enrollment from the institution chosen by the recipient and a “Thank You” note directed to the donor. Please provide certified transcripts to the Omaha Schools Foundation in semester 2 for payment of the second $1,000.00. A minimum GPA of 2.5 must be maintained.

*The BJS Scholarship may be re-applied for each year students remain in school and meet the above grade and non-academic goals, items 3 and 4. 

Administered By:

The Omaha Schools Foundation & Brian J. Slobotski Scholarship Committee

Please send applications to:
Toba Cohen-Dunning
Omaha Schools Foundation
3861 Farnam St.
Omaha, NE 68131

Carol Van Metre “Active in Making Lives Better”

Carol Van Metre contributed in a big way: She was involved in fundraising for more than $35 million in sports-related projects, most aimed at giving inner-city kids a stronger foothold on the field and in life. She was a champion of the children and families of the Omaha Public Schools and neighboring communities.

In honor of Carol’s contributions, a Scholarship Fund has been created in her honor. Donations can be made online through the Omaha Schools Foundation secure payment gateway. Please designate “The Carol Van Metre Scholarship” when donating.

Carol Van Metre Scholarship Fund

Purpose:          To provide financial assistance to a student seeking post-secondary education in the memory of Mrs. Carol Van Metre, a strong advocate for quality education and supporter of Omaha South High School.  Carol and her husband Dave have worked tirelessly over the years to level the playing field for OPS students with their suburban counterparts, ensuring the highest quality facilities and enrichment east of 72nd Street. Carol was a beloved teacher in the Denver Public Schools for many years and it was always an important part of her life to support education.

Eligible School:            Omaha South High School

Selection Criteria:

  1. Recipient must demonstrate financial need;
  2. Recipient must have shown good citizenship and participated in extra- curricular activities throughout high school;
  3. Preference will be given to students pursuing a career in Education;
  4. Recipient must intend to pursue a 4-year post-secondary education at an accredited institution; and
  5. Student should present two letters of recommendation from faculty (no relatives of the student will be accepted).

Selection Process:          

Selection will be made by the South High School Principal and the school’s scholarship committee, with input from the counseling department.  Amount will be payable to the college or university upon the Omaha Schools Foundation’s receipt of verification of enrollment from the institution chosen by the recipient. A “Thank You” note to the donor is required and can also be sent to the Foundation.

Amount:          $2,000.00

Administered By: Omaha Public Schools Foundation