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 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 recipient must provide the Omaha Public Schools Foundation verification of enrollment at the college or university they will be attending. The scholarship will then be released directly to the institution.



Administered By:

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

Arlene E. Lindquist Scholarship

Purpose:  $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.

Final recipients will be chosen by the scholarship funders which is the 1st Boyd Kindergarten class, ’61-‘62.

Administered By:

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

Benson Skills USA Scholarship

Benson Skills USA

About the Scholarship

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. We help each student excel. A nonprofit national education association, SkillsUSA serves middle-school, high-school and college/postsecondary students preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service (including health) occupations.

Mission Statement: SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. We improve the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of SkillsUSA Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Our vision is to produce the most highly skilled workforce in the world, providing every member the opportunity for career success.

Skills USA LogoAt Benson High School, we work within a wall-to-wall academy where students are encouraged to take courses that offer access to information, skills, and beyond high school connections and opportunities in their field of interest.  Each academy at Benson also builds in a CTSO (Career and Technical Student Organization) and is nationally recognized for our Design Academy. That organization is SkillsUSA.

One of the goals for SkillsUSA is to create post-secondary opportunities for continued education and/or straight into the work force options.  This scholarship will be used to provide funds for a Benson graduating senior who is looking to continue his or her education.

Regardless of whether students are headed for college or the workforce, this type of education will help them prepare for the future. In fact, college-bound students can get job experiences to help them define their career plans, identify an appropriate course of study and help pay for tuition.

Just think of the benefits your child will receive by gaining not only a solid foundation in academics, but also hands-on, technical experience and know-how.

To learn more about the Skills USA Framework, visit this link.

Please Consider a Donation

You can contribute to the scholarship by sending a check to:

The Omaha Public Schools Foundation
3861 Farnam St.
Omaha, NE 68131
Attention: Fund #845

You can also donate online. Use the button below to connect to our secure payment gateway. Thank you for your support.

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 21st 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. 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.

Amount:          $2,000.00

Administered By: Omaha Public Schools Foundation

Castelar Elementary PTO Scholarship


To provide financial assistance for two graduating Omaha Public Schools seniors who attended Castelar Elementary School.


Two –  $300 checks payable to an educational institution of recipient’s choice.  Verification of enrollment should be sent to the Omaha Public Schools Foundation for payment directly to the institution.

Eligible Recipients:

Two graduating seniors from an Omaha Public Schools High School who attended Castelar Elementary School for a minimum of three years.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Student must submit the PTO Common Scholarship Application with all of its requirements.
  2. Student must submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or school administrator.
  3. Student must submit a current transcript.
  4. Student must submit a short essay answering the questions, “What I remember most about my elementary school experience? ” and “Why do I want to further my education?”

Selection Procedure:

Final recipients will be chosen by the Scholarship Committee of Castelar Elementary PTO.

Administered by:

Omaha Public Schools Foundation