The Nina Hill Little PhD Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Little was on the faculty at Benson High School for 11 years; first as Library Media Specialist and then as Humanities Curriculum Specialist chairing the departments of English, Social Studies, Art and Music. At the time of Dr. Little’s retirement in 1999 she had served for 15 years as Omaha Public School District’s Supervisor of Library Media Services.

Purpose:

To provide annual scholarships to graduating seniors from any of the Omaha Public High Schools.

Amount:

$1500 payable to the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  The  scholarships will be renewable for up to four years. Verification of enrollment should be sent to the Omaha Public Schools Foundation for payment directly to the University of  Nebraska at Omaha.

Eligible Recipients:

Graduating seniors must be enrolling in the University of  Nebraska at Omaha program leading to a teaching degree in School Library with the intention of working in a public school library setting. Renewable up to four years if a 3.0 GPA is maintained with a continued focus on School Library education.  Transcript must be sent to Omaha Public Schools Foundation annually for scholarship renewal.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Recipient must be academically capable of succeeding in college.
  2. Recipient must be of good character and citizenship.
  3. Recipient must have been involved in volunteer activities while in high school.
  4. Recipient must possess a commitment to post-secondary education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in the field of School Library education.
  5. Recipient must submit a one-page essay on each of the following two topics: “What role have libraries played in your life?” and “Why are you considering school librarianship as a profession?”

Selection Process:

Dr. Nina Little will make the selection but upon her passing the Omaha Public Schools Foundation’s Executive Committee will make the selection.

 Administered by:

Omaha Public Schools Foundation

 

Norris Middle School Scholarship Fund

OPS Norris Middle School Red Birds Purpose:

To provide a scholarship for a graduating OPS senior who attended Norris Middle School for at least one academic year.

Amount:

$500 payable to an accredited 2 or 4-year post-secondary institution. 

Eligible Recipients:

Any graduating senior from the Omaha Public Schools who attended Norris for at least two full years and who is graduating with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

Verification of enrollment should be sent for the check to be disbursed to the institution.

To:  

US Mail to:
Omaha Public Schools Foundation,
3861 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE  68131
Selection Criteria:

  1. Minimum 2.5 GPA at graduation
  2. Completed application submitted to committee
  3. Submission of essay “What does it mean to be a Norris Redbird? How did attending Norris affect you as a person or student?”

 Administered by:

Norris Middle School Scholarship Committee and the Omaha Public Schools Foundation 

Omaha North High Alumni Legacy Scholarship

Pre-requisites:

  • Must be a graduating senior from Omaha North High School
  • Must prove financial need
  • Preference will be given to students who reside in the 68111 zip code
  • Preference will be given to students who are African American, Hispanic American, Native American or LGBTQ.

Application:

The student can apply by contacting the Omaha North guidance office and the deadline is April 19th.

Administration:

This scholarship is administered by the Omaha Public Schools Foundation. Donations can be made online by using the link below or a check written to:

The Omaha Public Schools Foundation
3861 Farnam St.
Omaha, NE 68131
Attention: Omaha North High Alumni Legacy Scholarship

OPS Trailblazers After School Academy Scholarship

Purpose: To provide renewable scholarship assistance for two Omaha Public Schools Seniors and former active members of the Lewis & Clark’s Trailblazers After School Academy (Program).

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 actively attended the Trailblazers After School Academy (Program)

Selection Criteria:

  1. Student must submit the Trailblazers After School Academy application.
  2. Student must submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or school administrator.
  3. Student must have a 2.5 GPA
  4. Student must submit a current transcript.
  5. Student must submit a short essay (maximum 3 paragraphs).  The Essay must state how the Trailblazers After School Academy (Program) influenced their life. The Essay should focus on the benefits of after school programs and how it has shaped their life.

Selection Procedure: Please send the required information regarding this scholarship to your high school counselor. All items must be received by March 13, 2020. Final recipients will be chosen by the Scholarship Committee of the Trailblazers After School Academy.

Administered By: Omaha Public Schools Foundation

 

Donate to the Scholarship

If you would like to donate to this scholarship fund, please use the secure donation form below or send a check to:

Omaha Public Schools Foundation
Attention: Toba Cohen Dunning
3861 Farnam St.
Omaha, NE 68131

The Pat Seitz Memorial Scholarship

Purpose:                     

To provide financial assistance to a graduating Omaha Public Schools student in memory of Hartman Elementary School parent and advocate Mrs. Pat Seitz.  Pat served the school for many years as a Lunchroom Aid, Special Needs Classroom Aid and Resource Room Aid.  She loved the school and its students dearly.

Eligible Recipients:                  

All OPS High Schools

Selection Process: 

  1. Student must have attended Hartman 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 letter on why they are applying for the scholarship.
  3. Student must submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or school administrator.
  4. Student must show commitment to post-secondary education.

Amount:                     

$400.00 payable to the college or university upon the Foundation’s receipt of verification of enrollment from the institution chosen by the recipient.

Final selection:           

Recipient will be chosen by the Hartman Elementary School Principal and Staff.

Administered by:       

Omaha Schools Foundation

The Philip Meisinger Memorial Scholarship

Purpose:

To provide a scholarship for a graduating OPS senior in memory of Mr. Philip Meisinger, a 1970 graduate of Weeping Water High School and a 1972 graduate of Milford Technical College. Phil had a passion for information technology and spent 39 years working as a software engineer. He was beloved by family and friends and found great joy later in life working with students at the OPS Foundation’s Kids Club.

Eligible Recipients:

Two graduating seniors from the Omaha Public Schools who are entering the field of information technology.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Minimum 2.5 GPA at graduation
  2. Submission of a one full page essay “Why I want to pursue a career in IT.”
  3. Commitment to post-secondary education in the field of information technology.
  4. Financial need

Amount:

$1,000 payable to an accredited 2 or 4-year post-secondary institution with a one year option to renew. Verification of enrollment should be sent to by email or by US Mail to the Omaha Public Schools Foundation for the check to be disbursed to the institution.

*Scholarship will be renewable for one extra year if a GPA of 2.5 or above has been maintained. To renew, please email transcripts to

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

Administered By:

Omaha Public Schools Foundation