Kristi LaRee Poetry Scholarship

The application will be open and available in 2022-23 school year.

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. Identify as a Female.
  2. High School Junior or Senior.
  3. Resilient and Determined Character.
  4. Submit up to 3 Poems on Any Subject.
  5. Submit a short essay (250-500 words) “How poetry has helped you overcome adversity”.
  6. Student must be pursuing a degree in a field related to the arts.
  7. Submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher and/or administrator.

Selection Process:

Please send required information on potential scholarship recipients to your high school guidance counselor. All items must be received by your counselor by March 1, 2023. All applications will be reviewed by the friends and family of Kristi LaRee who will select the final recipient.

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

Selection Process: Selection will be made by Ilka Oberst, principal of Liberty Elementary and the Liberty Scholarship Selection Committee. Amount will be payable to the post-secondary institution registrar upon the Omaha Public Schools Foundation’s receipt of verification of enrollment from the institution chosen by the recipient.

Amount: $500.00

Administered by: Omaha Public Schools Foundation

The Lisa Spivey Legacy Scholarship

Summary:

This scholarship is in remembrance of Lisa Yvonne Spivey. She was an advocate for student success and poured into every human she touched. She always saw the potential in people, even when they didn’t recognize it within themselves. This scholarship is intended for students who are graduating from OPS pursuing a degree in communications, broadcast, journalism, writing or content creation.

Amount:

$1,000

Guidelines:

  • A senior or hold senior status from OPS
  • Scholarship award can be used for anything that will support the success of the student in pursing post high school education

Marian Martinez Memorial Scholarship

Purpose:

To provide a scholarship for one Latino Omaha Public Schools 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:

$ 2500.00

Selection Criteria:

  1. Student displays character
  2. Student holds a minimum GPA 2.75
  3. Student submits his/her transcript and resume.
  4. Student submits a short essay (500 words) which describes student’s volunteer service experience and how it embodies the spirit of Marian Martinez and her legacy.
  5. Student submits a letter of recommendation from a teacher, coach or mentor.

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.

*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.  The final recipient will be notified by letter from the OPS Foundation.  Verification of enrollment must be sent from the Registrar’s Office to the Executive Director of the OPS Foundation for disbursement of the funds.  The check will be written to your post-secondary institution.

Martha Stofko Scholarship

Mrs. Martha Stofko is a former teacher and principal with nearly 30 years of experience in the Omaha Public Schools. She was principal of Benson West Elementary School from 1999-2007.

Purpose:

To provide financial assistance to a former 6th grade graduate of Benson West Elementary School who is seeking post-secondary education.

Eligible Schools:

All OPS High Schools

Selection Criteria:

  1. Student must have attended Benson West Elementary for a minimum of three years and graduated 6th grade from the school.
  2. Student must demonstrate financial need and submit a scholarship financial statement.
  3. Student must submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or school administrator.
  4. Student must submit a recent transcript showing a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
  5. Student must submit an essay stating their personal and professional goals.

Selection Process:

Selection will be made by Mrs. Martha Stofko

Amount:

$500 payable to the college or university upon the Foundation’s receipt of verification of enrollment from the institution chosen by the recipient.

Administered By:

Omaha Public Schools Foundation

Mick Messbarger Memorial Scholarship

The purpose of this memorial is to provide a scholarship for an OPS graduating senior from Central High School who has participated in the Central Legion Baseball Program. This scholarship is in memory of Mick Messbarger who was a dedicated coach for the Memorial Park Baseball Little League and someone who loved baseball stats, trivia and most of all the game of baseball.  (Particularly the Texas Rangers!)

Amount: $750.00

Selection Criteria:

  1. Student must have participated a minimum of three years in the Central Baseball Program.
  2. Demonstrate Character/Citizenship
  3. Minimum GPA 3.0/Self-motivated
  4. Submit Financial Aid Form
  5. Submit student’s transcript
  6. Submit a short essay (500 words) “How I plan to use my education to benefit society.”
  7. Submit a letter of recommendation from the baseball coach, teacher and/or administrator.

Selection:

Process: Students will be nominated by the Central High Scholarship Committee.  Preference will be given to players who participated in the Memorial Park Little League Baseball Program. The recipient will be chosen by sponsors of the scholarship.  *Please note that the donors would like to see financial information as well as a letter of recommendation from the coach, counselor or a teacher.

Administered by: Omaha Schools Foundation

Essays Due by: March 20th

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