Monroe Student Council Fundraiser

Monroe MustangsThe students of Monroe Middle School are excited to announce a brand new Student Government Organization. Monroe is a Title I, low income school located in Nebraska. We have one of the most diverse schools in our school district, serving over 800 students in the community that represent cultures from all over the world.

We are looking for funds to get us started. Most Student Councils, StuGos, ASB’s, etc. have been in schools for awhile, giving them many years of fundraising opportunities and a healthy budget to work with.

Since this is our first year, we are in need of A LOT of supplies in order to be successful. We have an incredible team of students that are preparing to serve our school and they are excited to meet the challenge of starting our organization from the ground up.  We have already started successful projects such as our weekly Student Store, and our very first Spirit Week of the year.

We appreciate your support and look forward to a great year!

Don Bacon Honoring OPSF

Thank you Don Bacon for sharing your time today and honoring the Omaha Public Schools Foundation! Being recognized on the House floor for our work enriching the lives of Omaha Public Schools students and staff is so appreciated! (And happy birthday today to our Superintendent Dr. Logan!)

Benson Skills USA Scholarship

Benson Skills USA

About the Scholarship

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. We help each student excel. A nonprofit national education association, SkillsUSA serves middle-school, high-school and college/postsecondary students preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service (including health) occupations.

Mission Statement: SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. We improve the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of SkillsUSA Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Our vision is to produce the most highly skilled workforce in the world, providing every member the opportunity for career success.

Skills USA LogoAt Benson High School, we work within a wall-to-wall academy where students are encouraged to take courses that offer access to information, skills, and beyond high school connections and opportunities in their field of interest.  Each academy at Benson also builds in a CTSO (Career and Technical Student Organization) and is nationally recognized for our Design Academy. That organization is SkillsUSA.

One of the goals for SkillsUSA is to create post-secondary opportunities for continued education and/or straight into the work force options.  This scholarship will be used to provide funds for a Benson graduating senior who is looking to continue his or her education.

Regardless of whether students are headed for college or the workforce, this type of education will help them prepare for the future. In fact, college-bound students can get job experiences to help them define their career plans, identify an appropriate course of study and help pay for tuition.

Just think of the benefits your child will receive by gaining not only a solid foundation in academics, but also hands-on, technical experience and know-how.

To learn more about the Skills USA Framework, visit this link.

Please Consider a Donation

You can contribute to the scholarship by sending a check to:

The Omaha Public Schools Foundation
3861 Farnam St.
Omaha, NE 68131
Attention: Fund #845

You can also donate online. Use the button below to connect to our secure payment gateway. Thank you for your support.

Carol Van Metre “Active in Making Lives Better”

Carol Van Metre contributed in a big way: She was involved in fundraising for more than $35 million in sports-related projects, most aimed at giving inner-city kids a stronger foothold on the field and in life. She was a champion of the children and families of the Omaha Public Schools and neighboring communities.

In honor of Carol’s contributions, a Scholarship Fund has been created in her honor. Donations can be made online through the Omaha Schools Foundation secure payment gateway. Please designate “The Carol Van Metre Scholarship” when donating.

Carol Van Metre Scholarship Fund

Purpose:          To provide financial assistance to a student seeking post-secondary education in the memory of Mrs. Carol Van Metre, a strong advocate for quality education and supporter of Omaha South High School.  Carol and her husband Dave have worked tirelessly over the years to level the playing field for OPS students with their suburban counterparts, ensuring the highest quality facilities and enrichment east of 72nd Street. Carol was a beloved teacher in the Denver Public Schools for many years and it was always an important part of her life to support education.

Eligible School:            Omaha South High School

Selection Criteria:

  1. Recipient must demonstrate financial need;
  2. Recipient must have shown good citizenship and participated in extra- curricular activities throughout high school;
  3. Preference will be given to students pursuing a career in Education;
  4. Recipient must intend to pursue a 4-year post-secondary education at an accredited institution; and
  5. Student should present two letters of recommendation from faculty (no relatives of the student will be accepted).

Selection Process:          

Selection will be made by the South High School Principal and the school’s scholarship committee, with input from the counseling department.  Amount will be payable to the college or university upon the Omaha Schools Foundation’s receipt of verification of enrollment from the institution chosen by the recipient.

Amount:          $2,000.00

Administered By: Omaha Public Schools Foundation

Core Bank Scholarship

Purpose:

To provide a scholarship for an Omaha Public Schools graduating senior from Benson, Bryan and South High Schools to a student who demonstrates a strong work ethic, passion for volunteering in their community and helping others, and commitment to post-secondary education.

Amount:

$2,000.00 each

Selection Criteria:

  1. Character/Citizenship
  2.  Minimum GPA 2.75/Self-motivated
  3.  Submit Financial Aid Form
  4.  Submit student’s transcript and resume
  5.  Submit a short essay (500 words) Describe a volunteer opportunity you have been involved in that demonstrates passion and willingness to serve your community and to help others.
  6.  Submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher and/or administrator.

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

All information Due To:     
Toba Cohen-Dunning, Executive Director
Omaha Public Schools Foundation
By: March 1, 2022

Crystal Simpson Memorial Scholarship

Crystal Simpson, principal at Dodge Elementary School in Omaha, cared deeply about children, those who knew her said. “Crystal was extremely passionate about serving students,” said Lisa Utterback, executive director who oversees principals at Omaha Public Schools.

Simpson became the principal at Dodge, near 97th and Maple Streets, in 2012 and had been employed by the district since 2000. She had previously been the assistant principal at Standing Bear Elementary.

Simpson especially enjoyed introducing students to math, science and engineering, K.T. Simpson said.

“She was always positive and full of life,” Utterback said. “Crystal loved rocking her fresh Nike tennis shoes with a sharp suit,” was known to work late nights and helped Dodge Elementary earn recognition as a Gold Award Winning School last year, Utterback said.

The Crystal Simpson Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established in Crystal’s name.

Purpose:

To provide financial assistance to a graduating Omaha Public Schools student in memory of Dodge Elementary School Principal Crystal Simpson who suddenly passed away in 2016. Mrs. Simpson was principal of Dodge Elementary from 2012-2016 and is fondly remember as a passionate and caring educator who loved all of her students. She created a positive climate where all who were around her knew they were valued and respected. Mrs. Simpson was a graduate of Omaha Burke High School and a proud OPS alum. Her legacy lives on!

Eligible Recipients:

All OPS High Schools

Selection Process:

  1. Student must have attended Dodge 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 essay on why they are applying for the scholarship and what they plan to study in college.
  3. Student must submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or school administrator.
  4. Student must show commitment to post-secondary education.

Amount:

$1,000.00 payable to the college or university upon the OPS Foundation’s receipt of verification of enrollment from the institution chosen by the recipient.

Final selection:

Recipient will be chosen by the family of Mrs. Simpson

Administered by:

Omaha Public Schools Foundation