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.


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


    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.

Georgene Kyral Scholarship


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


(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)

Administered By:

Omaha Public Schools Foundation

Holly Thibault Morgan Scholarship


This scholarship will be awarded to a graduating Omaha Burke High School senior, continuing their education in the Culinary Arts field, in memory of Holly Thibault Morgan (Burke ’85) whose passion was baking and cooking for family and friends.

Eligible Schools:

Omaha Burke High School
*If there are no Burke seniors that qualify, this will be opened up to all OPS seniors in Culinary Arts.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Submit student resume
  2. Submit student transcript
  3. Submit letter of recommendation from teacher or administrator
  4. Submit short essay (250-500 words) answering “Why I want to pursue a future in Culinary Arts and how this scholarship will help
    me reach my goals.”

Selection Process:

Selection will be made by the sponsor’s family. Amount will be payable to the college or university upon the Omaha Public Schools Foundation’s receipt of verification of enrollment from the institution chosen by the recipient.



Administered By:

Omaha Public Schools Foundation

Ian Jorden Price Scholarship

The Ian Jorden-Price Scholarship was founded after Ian had a severe asthma attack and his body was not able to recover. Ian lost his battle with asthma June 30, 2016. He would have graduated in the spring of 2017. We would like to offer this Scholarship in Memory of our son, brother, cousin, grandchild and friends. According to the American Lung Association, Ian was one of 7 million children who battle asthma, living day to day with the disease. Asthma is a chronic lung disease resulting from the exposure to allergens present in the environment. These irritants also known as “triggers” for asthmatics include pet dander, dust, chemicals, smoke, food related allergens, a simple cold, and the weather. There is little escape from a possible trigger when you are living with asthma depending on the severity of your illness.

Ian had a passion for Art and an even more exceptional gift to draw. Ian started drawing at a young age and over the years had developed confidence in his Artwork where his drawings became impeccable. We believe that Ian embraced his knack for Art knowing there was some physical and environmental limitations to his diagnosed severe asthma. Ian wanted to explore all types of art including painting, being a cartoonist or learning about graphic design (which was very evident in Ian’s love for video games)! Ian had planned on going to college to pursue an Art degree and with his skills – the sky was the limit to his abilities of blessing others with his gift.

On behalf of Ian’s desire for Art, The Ian Jorden-Price scholarship was created for others like Ian with asthma (or other similar disabilities) and/or are pursuing an Art degree major in college.

  • The Ian Jorden-Price Scholarship is a one-time annual award of $500-$1,000 scholarship given to two applicants each year.
  • This scholarship is awarded to educationally ambitious and hard-working individuals who have a desire to pursue an Art degree in college.
  • The Ian Jorden-Price Scholarship is funded through Ian’s immediate family and generous individual donations.
  • All graduating art students (and asthmatics) are encouraged to apply annually.
  • The Committee, in making scholarships available, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, disability or national/ethnic origin.
  • The Student must demonstrate a financial need and also hold a grade point average of C or better.
  • Students must also provide a short essay (maximum of 3 paragraphs) on how their disability has shaped them and how they plan to use their degree.
  • Students must submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or an administrator.
  • Students will be required to submit a transcript.

Administered by: Omaha Public Schools Foundation.

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

John Gustafson Memorial Scholarship


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.


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.


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


  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

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.