Davis Scholarship

Alfonza W. Davis Middle School – SOAR ABOVE SCHOLARSHIP

Purpose: To provide a one-time scholarship assistance for no more than two Omaha Public School seniors that attended and earned their wings at Alfonza W. Davis Middle School.

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 earned their wings at Alfonza W. Davis Middle School.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Student must submit the Davis Scholarship Application with all 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). Essay is to focus on one of the Six Soar Above – Tuskegee Pillars. Student should focus essay on how one of the six pillars played a role in his/her education preparation and his/her future college endeavors. Aim High, Be Ready To Go, Expect To Win, Use Your Brain, Never Quit, Believe In Yourself.

Selection Procedure: Final recipients will be chosen by the Scholarship Committee of the Alfonza W Davis Middle School

Administered By: Omaha Public Schools Foundation

Future Educator’s Scholarship

The Future Educator Scholarship

One graduating senior from each of the seven Omaha Public High Schools will be awarded a scholarship.


The senior must have plans to enroll for the summer or fall term as a full-time student in a post-secondary institution majoring in elementary or secondary education.

Amount: $3000.00


    1. Answer all information requested on the application and submit it online through the OPSF Scholarship Portal. Incomplete applications will not be accepted (includes signatures and scores).
    2. Request that ACT scores, a transcript of grades, including courses in progress, be attached to your application.
    3. Request that one letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or administrator be forwarded with your application.
    4. Include a 75-100 word essay explaining why you are choosing teaching as a career.

Ian Jorden Price Scholarship

The Ian Jorden-Price Scholarship was founded after Ian had a severe asthma attack and his body was not able to recover. Ian lost his battle with asthma June 30, 2016. He would have graduated in the spring of 2017. We would like to offer this Scholarship in Memory of our son, brother, cousin, grandchild and friends. According to the American Lung Association, Ian was one of 7 million children who battle asthma, living day to day with the disease. Asthma is a chronic lung disease resulting from the exposure to allergens present in the environment. These irritants also known as “triggers” for asthmatics include pet dander, dust, chemicals, smoke, food related allergens, a simple cold, and the weather. There is little escape from a possible trigger when you are living with asthma depending on the severity of your illness.

Ian had a passion for Art and an even more exceptional gift to draw. Ian started drawing at a young age and over the years had developed confidence in his Artwork where his drawings became impeccable. We believe that Ian embraced his knack for Art knowing there was some physical and environmental limitations to his diagnosed severe asthma. Ian wanted to explore all types of art including painting, being a cartoonist or learning about graphic design (which was very evident in Ian’s love for video games)! Ian had planned on going to college to pursue an Art degree and with his skills – the sky was the limit to his abilities of blessing others with his gift.

On behalf of Ian’s desire for Art, The Ian Jorden-Price scholarship was created for others like Ian with asthma (or other similar disabilities) and/or are pursuing an Art degree major in college.

  • The Ian Jorden-Price Scholarship is a one-time annual award of $500-$1,000 scholarship given to two applicants each year.
  • This scholarship is awarded to educationally ambitious and hard-working individuals who have a desire to pursue an Art degree in college.
  • The Ian Jorden-Price Scholarship is funded through Ian’s immediate family and generous individual donations.
  • All graduating art students (and asthmatics) are encouraged to apply annually.
  • The Committee, in making scholarships available, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, disability or national/ethnic origin.
  • The Student must demonstrate a financial need and also hold a grade point average of C or better.
  • Students must also provide a short essay (maximum of 3 paragraphs) on how their disability has shaped them and how they plan to use their degree.
  • Students must submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or an administrator.
  • Students will be required to submit a transcript.

Administered by: Omaha Public Schools Foundation.

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

Marian Martinez Memorial Scholarship


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.


$ 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.

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.


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

Send to:

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.


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


$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