Daniel A. Rico Difference Maker Scholarship

Purpose:

The Daniel A. Rico Difference Maker Scholarship Fund was established in 2020. As a graduate of Omaha Benson High School in 2012, Mr. Rico has dedicated his life to making the world a better place. He graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 2017 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and minor(s) in Energy Science, and International Engineering. Mr. Rico is currently finishing a M.S. degree in Computer Science & Engineering with a minor in Natural Resource Sciences. Upon completion, Mr. Rico will look to pursue another graduate degree but this time in Nuclear Engineering. He then intends to apply this knowledge to solve some of the world’s greatest problems via research and develop of novel solutions.

Eligible Schools:

Benson High School

Selection Criteria:

The expectations for a recipient of this scholarship are to perform well in their academic pursuits, and to apply their knowledge to make a positive difference
in the world.

Selection Process:

The recipient will be chosen based on academic performance and leadership throughout high school.Verification of your enrollment at the college or university of your choice should be sent to Omaha Public Schools Foundation. Payment will be made directly to the school upon receipt of this verification.

Amount:

$500 per semester, renewable for up to 5 years

Administered By:

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

 

Davis Scholarship

Alfonza W. Davis Middle School – SOAR ABOVE SCHOLARSHIP

Purpose: To provide a one-time scholarship assistance for no more than two Omaha Public School seniors that attended and earned their wings at Alfonza W. Davis Middle School.

Amount: $350.00 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: 2 graduating seniors from an Omaha Public High School who attended for at least one year and earned their wings at Alfonza W. Davis Middle School.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Student must submit the Davis Scholarship Application with all 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 (maximum 3 paragraphs). Essay is to focus on one of the Six Soar Above – Tuskegee Pillars. Student should focus essay on how one of the six pillars played a role in his/her education preparation and his/her future college endeavors. Aim High, Be Ready To Go, Expect To Win, Use Your Brain, Never Quit, Believe In Yourself.

Selection Procedure: Final recipients will be chosen by the Scholarship Committee of the Alfonza W Davis Middle School.

Verification of your enrollment at the college or university of your choice and a “Thank You” note directed to the donor should be sent to Omaha Public Schools Foundation, 3861 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68131. The award will be forwarded to the recipient’s college of choice upon receipt.

Administered By: Omaha Public Schools Foundation

Field Club Elementary School PTA Scholarship

Purpose:

To provide financial assistance for deserving, graduating Omaha Public Schools senior who attended Field Club Elementary School.

Eligible Recipients:

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

Selection Criteria:

  1. Student must submit the PTA 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 will state which years he/she attended Field Club Elementary School.

Selection Process:

Final recipients will be chosen by the Scholarship Committee of the PTA and the principal of Field Club School.

Amount:

$500 payable to the institution chosen by the recipient. Verification of enrollment and a “Thank You” note directed to the donor/s should be sent to the Omaha Schools Foundation for payment directly to the institution.

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

Administered By:

Omaha Public Schools Foundation

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 and Omaha South 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 using the link below.
  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

Fullerton Elementary School PTA Scholarship

Purpose:

To provide financial assistance for a graduating Omaha Public Schools senior who attended Fullerton Elementary School.

Amount:

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

Eligible Recipients:

Two graduating seniors from an Omaha Public High School who attended Fullerton Elementary School for a minimum of two years.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Student must submit the PTA 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 Process:

Final recipients will be chosen by the Scholarship Committee of the Fullerton Elementary PTA.

Verification of your enrollment at the college or university of your choice and a “Thank You” note directed to the donor should be sent to Omaha Public Schools Foundation. The award will be forwarded to the recipient’s college of choice upon receipt.

Administered By:

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

 

Future Educator’s Scholarship

The Future Educator Scholarship

One graduating senior from each of the seven Omaha Public High Schools will be awarded a scholarship.

Eligibility:

The senior must have plans to enroll for the summer or fall term as a full-time student in a post-secondary institution majoring in elementary or secondary education.

Amount: $3000.00

Requirements:

  1. Answer all information requested on the application and submit it online through the OPSF Scholarship Portal. Incomplete applications will not be accepted (includes signatures and scores).
  2. Request that ACT scores, a transcript of grades, including courses in progress, be attached to your application.
  3. Request that one letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or administrator be forwarded with your application.
  4. Include a 75-100 word essay explaining why you are choosing teaching as a career.

Selection Process:

The scholarship recipients will be selected by the Omaha Public Schools Foundation Board. Verification of your enrollment at the college or university of your choice and a “Thank You” note directed to the donor should be sent to Omaha Public Schools Foundation. The award will be forwarded to the recipient’s college of choice upon receipt.

Administered by:

The Omaha Public Schools Foundation
Toba Cohen Dunning
3861 Farnam St.
Omaha, NE 68131
402.502.3032