Georgene Kyral Scholarship

Purpose:

To provide financial assistance to a graduating Omaha Public Schools student. Georgene (Mrs. M) Kyral was a sixth grade teacher and administrator with the Omaha Public Schools for 33 years

Amount:

(1) $2000 scholarship to a student from Hartman and (1) $2000 scholarship to a student from Oak Valley payable to a college, university or technical trade program upon the Foundation’s receipt of verification of enrollment from the institution chosen by the recipient.

Eligible Schools:

All OPS High Schools

Selection Criteria:

  1. Student must have attended Hartman Elementary or Oak Valley Elementary for a minimum of three years.
  2. Student must be working part-time in a paid job outside of school.
  3. Student must show proof of employment and submit a brief statement on why they are applying for the scholarship.
  4. Student must submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or school administrator.
  5. Student must show commitment to post-secondary education.

Selection Process:

Recipient will be chosen by Ms. Georgene Kyral and or the OPSF Scholarship Committee.

Should you be selected for this award, please send verification of your enrollment at the college or university of your choice and a “Thank You” note directed to the donor to Omaha Public Schools Foundation. The award will be forwarded to the college of choice upon receipt.

Administered By:

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

 

John Gustafson Memorial Scholarship

Purpose:

This scholarship is awarded annually to remember John Paul Gustafson, an Omaha North High and Academy of Finance graduate. This scholarship will be awarded based upon the essays, GPA and academic achievements, contributions to the school and community, order and neatness of the application, and extracurricular activities. Financial need may also be considered when information is provided. You can read more about John using the link directly above.

Thank You

John Paul Gustafson’s family would like to thank the many generous families and individuals who knew John and contributed personally to the creation of the scholarship. We would like to thank the Citigroup Foundation because a significant portion of this scholarship was funded with the remaining scholarship money John was unable to use from the four-year Citigroup Academy of Finance (AOF) Scholarship he was awarded in 2003. And thank you to the Omaha Schools Foundation, for administering this scholarship, which works to help Omaha Public Schools students to succeed.

Amount:

The winner will receive $1,000 mailed directly to their college or university such college expenses. This scholarship can be used for tuition, room and board, or any other educational-related expense administered by your college or university.

Eligible Candidates:

The student awarded this scholarship must:

  • Successfully complete AP Environmental Science OR Honors Personal Finance
  • Graduate from Omaha North High School
  • Attend a four-year accredited college or university

In addition to Omaha North senior class applications, college freshman, sophomores, and juniors who previously won the scholarship may submit a recent transcript from their college or university to be considered in the applicant pool. For those already in college, the original application completed during their senior year at North, plus the updated transcript, will be used to compare applications.

Selection:

The Selection Committee who evaluates applications is comprised of individuals who knew John.

Requirements:

  1. Essay One: Answer one of these two questions:
    • If you were to start your own business, what would it be and why would it be profitable?
    • If you were to work to solve one environmental issue, what would it be and how would you try to solve it?
  2. Essay Two:
    • What are your goals?
    • Why are these your goals?
  3. Resume: Use your resume from other applications, however, we generally expect information like ACT/SAT scores, Accomplishments, Community Activities, Sports, Leadership Positions, Awards, Honors, Employment, Interests, etc.)
  4. Official Transcript (most recent)
  5. Optional: You may provide any other information you like, including a brief description of yourself, and information on financial need for college funding. You may attach recommendations or copies of recommendation from other applications. These items are optional.

Administered by:

The Omaha Public Schools Foundation

Julia Chavez Family Scholarship

Purpose:

To provide a scholarship for one Hispanic Omaha South High School graduating senior for a student who demonstrates a strong work ethic, passion for volunteering in their community and helping others, and commitment to post-secondary education.

Amount:

$1,000

Selection Criteria:

  1. Character/Citizenship
  2. Minimum GPA 3.2
  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 two letters of recommendation from a teacher and/or administrator. May not include a family member.

Selection Process:

Please send verification of your enrollment at the college or university of your choice and a “Thank You” note directed to the donor 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

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.

Award:

$1000.00

Scholarship Requirements

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.

Selection Process:

Should you be selected for this award, please send verification of your enrollment at the college or university of your choice and a “Thank You” note directed to the donor to Omaha Public Schools Foundation. The award will be forwarded to the college of choice upon receipt.

Administered by:

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

Kristi LaRee Poetry Scholarship

Purpose:

Kristi LaRee was born in Omaha, Nebraska and died as a victim of domestic violence when she was 9 years old. Though she struggled through adversity in her short life, she was determined and resilient. She was light. She loved to dance, and laugh, and read. Kristi did not have the opportunity to attend college, but she would want to help others.

Eligible Schools:

Bryan Senior High School

Selection Criteria:

  1. High School Senior.
  2. Resilient and Determined Character.
  3. Submit up to 3 Poems on Any Subject.
  4. Submit a short essay (250-500 words) “How poetry has helped you overcome adversity”.
  5. Submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher and/or administrator.

Selection Process:

All applications will be reviewed by the friends and family of Kristi LaRee who will select the final recipient. Should you be selected for this award, please send verification of your enrollment at the college or university of your choice and a “Thank You” note directed to the donor to Omaha Public Schools Foundation. The award will be forwarded to the college of choice upon receipt.

Amount:

$1000 Award

Administered By:
The Omaha Schools Foundation
Toba Cohen-Dunning, Executive Director
Omaha Schools Foundation
3861 Farnam St.
Omaha, NE 68131

Liberty Elementary Scholarship

Purpose: To provide financial assistance to a student seeking post-secondary education who had formerly attended Liberty Elementary School.

Eligible Recipients: A graduating senior from an Omaha Public High School who formerly attended Liberty Elementary.

Selection Criteria:

1. Student must demonstrate a financial need and submit a Scholarship financial statement
2. Student must submit a short essay stating their personal and professional goals, including their reason for continuing into post-secondary education.
3. Student must submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or an administrator.
4. Student will submit a current transcript.
5. Student will state which years he/she attended Liberty Elementary School

Amount: $500.00

Selection Process: Selection will be made by the Liberty Scholarship Selection Committee. Should you be selected for this award, please send verification of your enrollment at the college or university of your choice and a “Thank You” note directed to the donor to Omaha Public Schools Foundation. The award will be forwarded to the college of choice upon receipt.

Administered by:

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