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.

Omaha North High Alumni Legacy Scholarship

Pre-requisites:

  • Must be a graduating senior from Omaha North High School
  • Must prove financial need
  • Preference will be given to students who reside in the 68111 zip code
  • Preference will be given to students who are African American, Hispanic American, Native American or LGBTQ.

Application:

The student can apply by contacting the Omaha North guidance office and the deadline is April 19th.

Administration:

This scholarship is administered by the Omaha Public Schools Foundation. Donations can be made online by using the link below or a check written to:

The Omaha Public Schools Foundation
3861 Farnam St.
Omaha, NE 68131
Attention: Omaha North High Alumni Legacy Scholarship

Richard Pesek Building a Future Scholarship

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Richard Pesek Building a Future Scholarship -Senior Status at Independent Studies

Purpose:

To invest in and support students as they seek to build their future post-graduation from an alternative pathways program.

 Vision:

This scholarship was created in memory of Richard Pesek. Rich valued education and understood the impact a strong foundation consisting of both a high school diploma and post-graduation training/education can have on a person’s future. Rich took drafting and blue-print reading at South High School. After graduating from South High, Rich entered an apprentice bricklayer program to support his young family. While he worked as an apprentice bricklayer, he received additional trade training to become a journeyman by the age of 21. With this foundation and a strong work ethic, he was promoted to Masonry Foreman and then to Superintendent of Masonry at Hawkins Construction. Rich shared the value of post-graduation training/education and how it would lead to a better future not only with his children, but also with many apprentices over the course of his 38- year career. The Building a Future Scholarship was founded in 2021 in memory of Richard Pesek to add a brick as young people build their foundations for the future. This scholarship will provide a one-time $500 scholarship that can be used to support their goal for further education.

 Amount:

$500 one time

 Selection Criteria:

  1. Student must hold senior status at Independent Studies
  2. Submit student’s transcript
  3. Submit an essay discussing whaUwho has motivated you to further your education as well as goals for after graduation. No word minimum.

Selection Process:

All Independent Studies Program students with senior status are eligible. Recipient will be chosen by committee (including member of Pesek family/designee, ISP Program Director/designee, and school social worker).

Timeline:

Applications will be accepted March 1 through April 15th with a decision announced by April 30th.

Richard Pesek Building a Future Scholarship - Senior Status at Blackburn Alternative Program

Purpose:

To invest in and support students as they seek to build their future post graduation from an alternative pathways program.

Vision:

This scholarship was created in memory of Richard Pesek. Rich valued education and understood the impact a strong foundation consisting of both a high school diploma and post-graduation training/education can have on a person’s future. Rich took drafting and blue-print reading at South High School. After graduating from South High, Rich entered an apprentice bricklayer program to support his young family. While he worked as an apprentice bricklayer, he received additional trade training to become a journeyman by the age of 21. With this foundation and a strong work ethic, he was promoted to Masonry Foreman and then to Superintendent of Masonry at Hawkins Construction. Rich shared the value of post-graduation training/education and how it would lead to a better future not only with his children, but also with many apprentices over the course of his 38-year career. The Building a Future Scholarship was founded in 2021 in memory of Richard Pesek to add a brick as young people build their foundations for the future. This scholarship will provide a one time $500 scholarship that can be used to support their goal for further education.

Amount:

$500 one time

Selection Criteria:

  1. Student must hold senior status at Blackburn Alternative Program
  2. Submit student’s transcript
  3. Submit an essay discussing whaUwho has motivated you to further your education as well as goals for after graduation. No word minimum.  Preference will be given to students who have participated in a service learning project while at Blackburn.

Selection Process:

All Blackburn students with senior status are eligible. Recipient will be chosen by committee (including member of Pesek family/designee, Blackburn Program Director/designee, and school social worker).

Timeline:

Applications will be accepted March 1 through April 15th with a decision announced by April 30th.

Richard Pesek Building a Future Scholarship - Senior Status at Accelere

Purpose:

To invest in and support students as they seek to build their future post graduation from an alternative pathways program.

Vision:

This scholarship was created in memory of Richard Pesek. Rich valued education and understood the impact a strong foundation consisting of both a high school diploma and post-graduation training/education can have on a person’s future. Rich took drafting and blue-print reading at South High School. After graduating from South High, Rich entered an apprentice bricklayer program to support his young family. While he worked as an apprentice bricklayer, he received additional trade training to become a journeyman by the age of 21. With this foundation and a strong work ethic, he was promoted to Masonry Foreman and then to Superintendent of Masonry at Hawkins Construction. Rich shared the value of post-graduation training/education and how it would lead to a better future not only with his children, but also with many apprentices over the course of his 38 year career. The Building a Future Scholarship was founded in 2021 in memory of Richard Pesek to add a brick as young people build their foundations for the future. This scholarship will provide a one time $500 scholarship that can be used to support their goal for further education.

Amount:

$500 one time

Selection Criteria:

  1. Student must hold senior status at Accelere
  2. Submit student’s transcript
  3. Submit an essay discussing what/who has motivated you to further your education as well as goals for after graduation. No word minimum.

Selection Process:

All Accelere students with senior status are eligible.  Recipient will be chosen by committee (including member of Pesek family/designee , Accelere Program Director/designee, and school social worker).

Timeline:

Applications will be accepted March 1 through April 15th with a decision announced by April 30th.

Donation Form

If you wish to donate to a scholarship use the online payment form below. As a non-profit Omaha Public Schools Foundations (OPSF) is committed to keeping merchant transaction fees at the lowest industry rate through PayPal. The non-profit rate is 2.2% plus 30 cents per transaction. No additional administrative fees are deducted and the balance of your donation goes directly to the designation of your choice.

To avoid any merchant processing fees, please mail your check payment to: OPSF, 3861 Farnam St., Omaha, NE 68131.

Richard Pesek Building a Future Scholarship
To invest in and support students as they seek to build their future post graduation from an alternative pathway.
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First National Technology Solutions Scholarship

First National Technology Solutions Scholarship

Purpose:         

To assist young women entering fields related to Information Technology with tuition expenses.

Eligible Schools:          

Omaha Benson, Omaha Bryan, Omaha North High Schools

Eligible Recipient:       

Graduating OPS senior from one of the designated schools who will be pursuing a college degree in the field of (or related to) Information Technology.

Amount: 

$ 500.00 upon verification of enrollment from an accredited institution

Selection of Recipients:     

First National Technology Solutions Committee

Selection Criteria:         

  1. Candidates must submit a completed application through the Omaha Public Schools Foundation’s scholarship site.
  2. Candidate must provide a 500-word essay entitled “The Impact I Hope to Make in the Field of Information Technology.”
  3. Candidate must identify as a Female.
  4. Candidate must include their high school transcripts.

Administered By:                 

Omaha Public Schools Foundation
3861 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE  68131
402-502-3032

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

Purpose:   

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

Vision:

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.

Amount:   

$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

Donate

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

ZCT Scholarship Donation Form
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