Richard Pesek Building a Future Scholarship

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Richard Pesek Building a Future Scholarship -Senior Status at Independent Studies

Purpose:

To invest in and support students as they seek to build their future post-graduation from an alternative pathways program.

 Vision:

This scholarship was created in memory of Richard Pesek. Rich valued education and understood the impact a strong foundation consisting of both a high school diploma and post-graduation training/education can have on a person’s future. Rich took drafting and blue-print reading at South High School. After graduating from South High, Rich entered an apprentice bricklayer program to support his young family. While he worked as an apprentice bricklayer, he received additional trade training to become a journeyman by the age of 21. With this foundation and a strong work ethic, he was promoted to Masonry Foreman and then to Superintendent of Masonry at Hawkins Construction. Rich shared the value of post-graduation training/education and how it would lead to a better future not only with his children, but also with many apprentices over the course of his 38- year career. The Building a Future Scholarship was founded in 2021 in memory of Richard Pesek to add a brick as young people build their foundations for the future. This scholarship will provide a one-time $500 scholarship that can be used to support their goal for further education.

 Amount:

$500 one time

 Selection Criteria:

  1. Student must hold senior status at Independent Studies
  2. Submit student’s transcript
  3. Submit an essay discussing what or who has motivated you to further your education as well as goals for after graduation. No word minimum.

Selection Process:

All Independent Studies Program students with senior status are eligible. Recipient will be chosen by committee (including member of Pesek family/designee, ISP Program Director/designee, and school social worker).

 

Richard Pesek Building a Future Scholarship - Senior Status at Blackburn Alternative Program

Purpose:

To invest in and support students as they seek to build their future post graduation from an alternative pathways program.

Vision:

This scholarship was created in memory of Richard Pesek. Rich valued education and understood the impact a strong foundation consisting of both a high school diploma and post-graduation training/education can have on a person’s future. Rich took drafting and blue-print reading at South High School. After graduating from South High, Rich entered an apprentice bricklayer program to support his young family. While he worked as an apprentice bricklayer, he received additional trade training to become a journeyman by the age of 21. With this foundation and a strong work ethic, he was promoted to Masonry Foreman and then to Superintendent of Masonry at Hawkins Construction. Rich shared the value of post-graduation training/education and how it would lead to a better future not only with his children, but also with many apprentices over the course of his 38-year career. The Building a Future Scholarship was founded in 2021 in memory of Richard Pesek to add a brick as young people build their foundations for the future. This scholarship will provide a one time $500 scholarship that can be used to support their goal for further education.

Amount:

$500 one time

Selection Criteria:

  1. Student must hold senior status at Blackburn Alternative Program
  2. Submit student’s transcript
  3. Submit an essay discussing whaUwho has motivated you to further your education as well as goals for after graduation. No word minimum.  Preference will be given to students who have participated in a service learning project while at Blackburn.

Selection Process:

All Blackburn students with senior status are eligible. Recipient will be chosen by committee (including member of Pesek family/designee, Blackburn Program Director/designee, and school social worker).

Richard Pesek Building a Future Scholarship - Senior Status at Accelere

Purpose:

To invest in and support students as they seek to build their future post graduation from an alternative pathways program.

Vision:

This scholarship was created in memory of Richard Pesek. Rich valued education and understood the impact a strong foundation consisting of both a high school diploma and post-graduation training/education can have on a person’s future. Rich took drafting and blue-print reading at South High School. After graduating from South High, Rich entered an apprentice bricklayer program to support his young family. While he worked as an apprentice bricklayer, he received additional trade training to become a journeyman by the age of 21. With this foundation and a strong work ethic, he was promoted to Masonry Foreman and then to Superintendent of Masonry at Hawkins Construction. Rich shared the value of post-graduation training/education and how it would lead to a better future not only with his children, but also with many apprentices over the course of his 38 year career. The Building a Future Scholarship was founded in 2021 in memory of Richard Pesek to add a brick as young people build their foundations for the future. This scholarship will provide a one time $500 scholarship that can be used to support their goal for further education.

Amount:

$500 one time

Selection Criteria:

  1. Student must hold senior status at Accelere
  2. Submit student’s transcript
  3. Submit an essay discussing what/who has motivated you to further your education as well as goals for after graduation. No word minimum.

Selection Process:

All Accelere students with senior status are eligible.  Recipient will be chosen by committee (including member of Pesek family/designee, Accelere Program Director/designee, and school social worker).

Ronald C. Nimps Scholarship

Ronald C. Nimps devoted his career to public education believing that education opens up opportunities for everyone. After service in the U. S. Air Force, he used the G. I. Bill to earn an education degree at Mankato State (now Minnesota State University, Mankato). He taught in Iowa for several years before moving to Omaha in 1964, where he began teaching 9th grade Geography at Nathan Hale Junior High. He stayed at Nathan Hale until 1989 when 9th grade was moved to high school and he began teaching at Northwest High School. He retired in 1995. All five of his children attended Nathan Hale Junior High and graduated from Northwest High School.

Purpose:

To assist students who wish to pursue post-secondary education.

Eligible Schools:

Omaha Northwest High School

Selection Criteria:

  1. Student must have completed two years at Nathan Hale and graduate from Omaha Northwest High School.
  2. This scholarship will be awarded to a male member of a minority community.
  3. Student should be pursuing post-secondary education at an accredited 4-year college or university.
  4. Student should submit a short essay entitled “Why is a college education important to me?” (Maximum 3 paragraphs)
  5. Preference will be given to students who exhibit perseverance, integrity, and good citizenship in the pursuit of their graduation.

Selection Process:

Student will be selected by the Omaha Northwest High School Scholarship Committee. Donor will be provided application materials for the recipient.

Amount:

$500.00 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

Supported By:

The Family of Ronald C. Nimps

Rose Willis Memorial Scholarship

Purpose:

This scholarship is awarded to a graduating OPS student in the English Language Learners Program. This scholarship is in memory of Mrs. Rose Willis who taught second grade for the Detroit Public Schools for over 30+ years. The scholarship is payable to an educational institution of recipient’s choice. Verification of enrollment should be sent directly to the Omaha Public Schools Foundation to initiate payment.

Eligible Recipients:

A graduating ELL senior from the Omaha Public Schools. Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Student must submit a common scholarship application on-line from the Omaha Public Schools Foundation.
  2. Student must submit a current transcript and financial information.
  3. Student must submit a short two paragraph essay. Essay is to focus on what your education means to you and how it has impacted your life.

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, 2022. All applications will be reviewed by the family of Mrs. Willis who will select the final recipient.

Amount:

$800.00 

Administered By:

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

 

Ricki Getzschman Memorial Scholarship

Purpose:

To provide an annual (renewable) scholarship to a graduate of Benson High School in memory of Ricki Getzschman.

Eligible Schools:

Benson High School

Selection Criteria:

  1. The recipient shall have attended Benson High School for at least two years and be a graduating senior from Benson High School.
  2. The recipient shall have demonstrated academic excellence (GPA of at least 3.0) and true positive participation in school as well as in the community.
  3. Applicants shall submit their transcript along with a two page essay on the subject matter requested on page three of the required reading.

  4. Applicants shall provide two letters of reference, one of which must be from a teacher or administrator.
  5. This scholarship may be used for any field of study and may also be used for trade school or community college.

Amount:

One scholarship in the amount of $2500.00 shall be awarded annually payable to the college, university or trade school upon the Omaha Public Schools Foundation’s (OPSF) receipt of verification of enrollment from the institution chosen by the recipient.

In Addition:

This scholarship is renewable in the amount of $2500.00 for each of up to four succeeding years if the recipient meets the following criteria:

  1. Recipient maintains 3.0 GPA and is a student in good standing. Recipient must provide a transcript to OPSF by July 31st of each year.
  2. Recipient shall write a brief, informal letter to the Getzschman Family Scholarship Committee regarding how each year has progressed, struggles and/or successes, any interesting anecdotes, changes in goals, changes in perception of the world, etc. This letter is also due to OPSF by July 31st of each year.
  3. Said award shall be paid to the college, university or trade school as before.
  4. These criteria must be met in consecutive years. If, in any year, the recipient does not meet these criteria, the recipient is no longer eligible to renew this scholarship.

Selection of Recipients By:

The Getzschman Family and Selected Friends of the Family/Ricki.

Administered By:

Omaha Public Schools Foundation (OPSF).

Saddlebrook Elementary School PTA Scholarship

Purpose:

To provide one time financial assistance, for two Omaha Public Schools seniors, who attended Saddlebrook Elementary School.

Amount:

$1,000 payable to an educational institution of recipient’s choice. Verification of enrollment should be sent directly to the Omaha Schools Foundation for payment directly to the educational institution.

 Eligible Recipients:

Graduating seniors from an Omaha Public High School who attended Saddlebrook Elementary School for a minimum of two years and have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.  

Selection Criteria:

  1. Student must submit the Saddlebrook PTA 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 (maximum 3 paragraphs) answering the questions, “What is a life lesson I have learned while being an OPS student? How did that experience make me OPS proud?” and “Why do I want to further my education?”
  5. Student must include a resume listing activities, volunteer and job experiences.

Selection Procedure:

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

Administered By:

Omaha Public Schools Foundation

Sandra Kay Spencer Knipe Memorial Scholarship

Sandra served initially as a volunteer and then as a licensed para for the kindergarteners at Indian Hills Elementary for 20 years until cancer took her life. As a mother of five children who were all enrolled in the school, Sandra had a vested interest in the program’s success. After her children graduated from school, she felt compelled to help insure the program continued to flourish. Sandra was known by all for her commitment to the under-served and being non-judgmental. She was a great friend, a great listener, an educator for all, resourceful and creative.

Purpose:

To honor the memory of Sandra Kay Spencer Knipe, who devoted her life to children, putting education at the forefront.

Eligible Recipients:

A graduating senior from an Omaha Public High School who attended Indian Hills Elementary or South High School for at least one year.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Student must be focused on pursuing an associate or advanced degree in education.
  2. Student must submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or an administrator.
  3. Student must submit a current transcript.
  4. Student must state which years he/she attended Indian Hills or South High School.

Selection Process:

Selection will be made by the Omaha Public Schools Foundation in conjunction with the school counselors. 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