Norris Middle School Scholarship Fund

OPS Norris Middle School Red Birds Thank you for considering donating to the Norris Scholarship Fund.  Each year the Norris Scholarship Committee awards two to three $250 scholarships to graduating OPS seniors who attended Norris.

Applicants write about what it means to be a Norris Redbird in their essay to be considered for this scholarship.  Applications are reviewed by the committee in April, and recipients return to Norris to receive their award at the Student Awards Nights in May.

We are proud to continue recognizing former Redbirds as they graduate from high school and move onto new adventures!

ZCT Scholarship Fund


To invest and support low-income students in the Omaha metro area seeking post-secondary education.


Every willing student should have access to support in obtaining post-secondary education, no matter the economic or social challenges they face. Society is ever changing, especially in regards to education. Over time, potential students from all spectrums have been given more access to a quality education compared to those of the past. Increased access to education still hasn’t alleviated roadblocks and determinants that push potential students out of pursuing post-secondary education. One of those determinants is lower income individuals.

The ZCT Scholarship was founded by Alexandria Talich in 2020 to help push more students into post-secondary education. The ZCT scholarship will provide a $500 per year scholarship to low income students who are pursuing an education at a four-year college, community college or trade program.


$250.00 per semester for two semesters, must maintain a 2.5 GPA

Selection Criteria: 

  1. Fill out the Career Center Scholarship Application (if the student attends the Career Center)
  2. Submit student’s transcript
  3. Submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher and/or administrator.
  4. Please provide FAFSA/SAR report regarding financial need
  5. Student must attend an accredited post-secondary institution (including all community colleges and trade schools).
  6. Submit an essay discussing any hardships you’ve endured during your high school career (personal and/or financial), and what/who has motivated you to further your education. No word minimum. Preference will be given to students who are male and consider themselves minorities.

Selection Process:

All OPS graduating seniors, including those who have taken classes through the Career Center and alternative schools are eligible.  Recipient will be chosen by the Crawford-Talich Family.  First installment of the scholarship will be sent to the recipient’s school of choice upon receipt of verification of enrollment by that institution.  Verification should be sent to…

Omaha Public Schools Foundation
3861 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE  68131

Administered By:     

The Omaha Public Schools Foundation


If you would like to make a contribution to this scholarship fund, please use the secure form below. Checks may also be mailed to:

Omaha Public Schools Foundation
3861 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE  68131
Attention: ZCT Scholarship Fund

Soaring Wings Pathway Scholarship

This scholarship will benefit a graduating OPS senior who spent their K-12 education attending Spring Lake Magnet, Marrs Magnet and Omaha South High School.


To provide a scholarship for a graduating Senior who has attended Spring Lake, Marrs, and South and is bi-literate in both English and Spanish


  1. Must have an unweighted GPA of 2.5-3.25- through Senior Year (first semester)
  2. Must have spent fours years at South High School and a minimum of 6 years between Spring Lake Magnet and Marrs Magnet
  3. Must provide two letters of recommendation-one from a staff member of a Pathway School (Spring Lake, Marrs or South) & 1 letter from a non-relative who can speak to the student’s character and community involvement.
  4. Must provide a current official transcript.
  5. Student must be bi-literate in English/Spanish.
  6. Must provide a 500 word essay in English-“How will you use your passion to serve others?”
  7. Must provide a 500 word essay in Spanish-“How will your bi-literate skills benefit your passion to make the world a better place?”


A $1000 scholarship will be provided to a student chosen by the Soaring Eagles Committee.


An award letter will be presented to the recipient at the Omaha South High School Scholarship Awards Night by scholarship committee member(s). Verification of enrollment directly from the College/University should be sent to:

The Omaha Public Schools Foundation Scholarship Office
3861 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE 68131

If you would like to make a donation to this scholarship fund, please use the secure payment form below. We also accept checks made out to the Omaha Public Schools Foundation and mailed to the following address:

Omaha Public Schools Foundation
3861 Farnam St.
Omaha, NE 68131
Attention: Soaring Eagles Pathway Scholarship

Arlene E. Lindquist Scholarship

APPLICATION – Due Date March 8, 2020

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.

Please send required information on potential scholarship recipients to your high school guidance counselor. All items must be received by March 8th.

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

Administered by Omaha Public Schools Foundation

If you would like to make a donation to this scholarship fund, please use the secure payment form below. We also accept checks made out to the Omaha Public Schools Foundation and mailed to the following address:

Omaha Public Schools Foundation
3861 Farnam St.
Omaha, NE 68131
Attention: Arlene E. Lindquist Scholarship Fund

Kevin Vann Scholarship

Kevin Vann Scholarship

Kevin Vann grew up under difficult circumstances in Baltimore, Maryland.

He became the first member of his family to attend college by earning a basketball scholarship to Towson State University.  He then joined the Army and moved through the ranks at an unprecedented rate earning countless honors, commemorations and medals along the way.

As a retired First Sargent in the US Army, he started his teaching career at Omaha Northwest in 1998. He was the JROTC instructor, head boys and girls tennis coach and assistant varsity boys coach. After a couple of years at Northwest, he took over the girls basketball program. In 2016 he joined the staff at Bryan High School as a JROTC instructor, assistant girls and boys tennis coach and assistant basketball coach.  He loved working with students and helping them realize their potential regardless of their circumstances.  He passed away after a tough battle with stomach cancer, but fought to support and be there for his student-athletes until the end.

Scholarship Requirements

A $1000.00 scholarship has been established in Kevin’s name. The requirements for this scholarship are:

  1. The graduating senior must hold a 2.0 or above GPA.
  2. The scholarship is for an African-American male.
  3. The award will be based on need.
  4. Applicant must submit an essay stating how they contributed to their high school (list activities they were involved in) and how they plan on continuing to contribute to the community.

If you would like to contribute to the scholarship fund, please use the secure payment form below. Your donation is tax deductible. You will receive an email receipt for your donation.

Harley Alexander Collins Scholarship

Harley Collins ScholarshipIn Honor of Harley Collins
December 8, 1988 – December 9, 2002

Harley attended Belvedere Elementary School where he was awarded the Presidential Award for being the top student academically. During his elementary years, Harley also was on the basketball and football teams at the Boys and Girls Club and threw shot put for the North Omaha Boys Club track team.

On December 9, 2002, Harley was running wind sprints for basketball tryouts at his middle school when he collapsed. Harley was rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Harley was a special young man. He not only excelled academically at Belvedere, he was also on the Honor Roll at McMillan Middle School. After his death, the Harley Collins Foundation was created to help place defibrillators in all Omaha Public Schools. All Nebraska public and private schools, along with Boys and Girls Clubs and athletic facilities now have defibrillators in place because of the work of the Foundation. Many lives have been saved as a result of this campaign.

Harley had intended to attend North High School and this $500.00 scholarship is awarded to a student who attended Belvedere Elementary (for at least grades 2-6), McMillan Middle School, and who are graduating from North High School.

If you would like to contribute to funding the annual scholarship, please use the secure payment form below. All donations are tax deductible. You will receive an email receipt for your donation. If you have any questions, please contact Roxanne Nielsen at 531.299.9452.