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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 whaUwho 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).

Timeline:

Applications will be accepted March 1 through April 15th with a decision announced by April 30th.

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).

Timeline:

Applications will be accepted March 1 through April 15th with a decision announced by April 30th.

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).

Timeline:

Applications will be accepted March 1 through April 15th with a decision announced by April 30th.

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Richard Pesek Building a Future Scholarship
To invest in and support students as they seek to build their future post graduation from an alternative pathway.
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As a non-profit Omaha Public Schools Foundations (OPSF) is committed to keeping merchant transaction fees at the lowest industry rate through PayPal. The non-profit rate is 2.2% plus 30 cents per transaction. No additional administrative fees are deducted and the balance of your donation goes directly to the designation of your choice. To avoid any merchant processing fees, please mail your check payment to: OPSF, 3861 Farnam St., Omaha, NE 68131.

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