Castelar Elementary PTO Scholarship

Purpose:

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

Amount:

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. 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

Charles Bowman Scholarship

Charles BowmanCharles Bowman was a lifelong educator, teaching mathematics and physics in the Omaha Public Schools for 34 years and at Metropolitan Community College for 12 years. He chaired the Math/Science Department at Bryan High School, wrote physics curriculum, led scholarship committees, and advocated for student learning throughout his career. He graduated from Peru State College (1968) and earned his Master’s Degree at the University of Illinois (1974). Chuck was raised in Plattsmouth, NE playing football in High School. He was an avid Huskers fan and fisherman, and enjoyed making wooden toys for his grandchildren. He has served the community in many ways through his leadership in Boy Scouts, YMCA coaching, and Church.

To apply for this scholarship, check with your school counselor.

Eligible Recipient:       

Graduating OPS Bryan student who will be pursuing a college degree in the field of (or related to) Math or Science.

Amount: 

$ 1000 upon verification of enrollment from an accredited institution (renewable for one year $1000)

Selection of Recipients:     

Bryan High Scholarship Committee

Selection Criteria:         

  1. Candidates must submit a completed application in the Omaha Public Schools Foundation Portal.
  2. Candidate must include their high school transcript.
  3. Candidate must hold a 2.0 GPA or higher
  4. The award will be based on financial need and lack of other financial aid sources.

Selection Process:

You will be notified before May 1st if you are chosen as the recipient by the selection 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: The Omaha Public Schools Foundation

You may send Memorials to:

The Charles Bowman Scholarship
OPS Foundation
3861 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE 68131

Use the link below to send an online donation.

Christopher King Memorial Scholarship

Purpose:

Christopher King was a 1984 graduate of Benson High School. He was a beloved classmate and friend who was deeply involved in basketball, gymnastics, music and the arts.

Eligible Schools:

Benson High School

Selection:

  1. Must have participated in the Benson Design Academy and the music or arts programs.
  2. Must be pursuing a degree in a field related to the arts.

Amount:

$500 Award

Administered By:

The Omaha Public Schools Foundation

 

Core Bank Scholarship

Purpose:

To provide a scholarship for an Omaha Public Schools graduating senior from Benson, Bryan and South High Schools to a student who demonstrates a strong work ethic, passion for volunteering in their community and helping others, and commitment to post-secondary education.

Amount:

$2,000.00 each

Selection Criteria:

  1. Character/Citizenship
  2.  Minimum GPA 2.75/Self-motivated
  3.  Submit Financial Aid Form
  4.  Submit student’s transcript and resume
  5.  Submit a short essay (500 words) Describe a volunteer opportunity you have been involved in that demonstrates passion and willingness to serve your community and to help others.
  6.  Submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher and/or administrator.

Selection

Process: 

Up to three students may be nominated by each school.  Applications that have not strictly followed the guidelines will not be considered. The recipient will be chosen by sponsors of the scholarship.  Sponsors may also wish to meet with recipient.

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.

*Please note that the donors would like to see financial information as well as a letter of recommendation from the counselor or a teacher.

Administered By: 
Omaha Public Schools Foundation
Toba Cohen-Dunning, Executive Director
Omaha Public Schools Foundation
By: March 1, 2022

Crystal Simpson Memorial Scholarship

Crystal Simpson, principal at Dodge Elementary School in Omaha, cared deeply about children, those who knew her said. “Crystal was extremely passionate about serving students,” said Lisa Utterback, executive director who oversees principals at Omaha Public Schools.

Simpson became the principal at Dodge, near 97th and Maple Streets, in 2012 and had been employed by the district since 2000. She had previously been the assistant principal at Standing Bear Elementary.

Simpson especially enjoyed introducing students to math, science and engineering, K.T. Simpson said.

“She was always positive and full of life,” Utterback said. “Crystal loved rocking her fresh Nike tennis shoes with a sharp suit,” was known to work late nights and helped Dodge Elementary earn recognition as a Gold Award Winning School last year, Utterback said.

The Crystal Simpson Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established in Crystal’s name.

Purpose:

To provide financial assistance to a graduating Omaha Public Schools student in memory of Dodge Elementary School Principal Crystal Simpson who suddenly passed away in 2016. Mrs. Simpson was principal of Dodge Elementary from 2012-2016 and is fondly remember as a passionate and caring educator who loved all of her students. She created a positive climate where all who were around her knew they were valued and respected. Mrs. Simpson was a graduate of Omaha Burke High School and a proud OPS alum. Her legacy lives on!

Eligible Recipients:

All OPS High Schools

Selection Process:

  1. Student must have attended Dodge Elementary for a minimum of three years.
  2. Student must demonstrate leadership qualities, be a self-motivator, and show they have participated in community service activities by submitting a one-page essay on why they are applying for the scholarship and what they plan to study in college.
  3. Student must submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or school administrator.
  4. Student must show commitment to post-secondary education.
  5. Student must submit a high school transcript.

Amount:

$1,000.00 

Final selection:

Recipient will be chosen by the family of Mrs. Simpson.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

 

Damon D. & Mary E. Laaker Scholarship

Purpose:

To provide a scholarship for an OPS senior from North, Central or South High Schools to a student who demonstrates a strong work ethic and compassion for others.

Eligible Schools:

North, Central or South High Schools

Selection Criteria:

  1. Character/Citizenship
  2. Minimum GPA 2.75/Self-motivated
  3. Submit Financial Aid Form
  4. Submit student’s transcript
  5. Submit a short essay (250-500 words) “How I plan to use my education to benefit society.”
  6. Submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher and/or administrator.

Selection Process:

Up to three students may be nominated by each school. Applications that have not strictly followed the guidelines will not be considered. The recipient will be chosen by sponsors of the scholarship. Sponsors may also wish to meet with recipient. 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.

*Please note that the donors would like to see financial information as well as a letter of recommendation from the counselor or a teacher.

Amount:

$1000.00

Administered By:

Omaha Public Schools Foundation