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

Ricki Getzschman Memorial Scholarship

Purpose:

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

Eligible Schools:

Benson High School

Selection Criteria:

  1. The recipient shall have attended Benson High School at least two years and be a graduating senior from Benson High School.
  2. The student shall have demonstrated academic excellence ( GPA at least 3.0) and true positive participation in school and in life outside
  3. The student shall submit a two page (not to exceed three pages) essay on the REQUIRED READING linked above.
  4. The student will also provide two letters of reference, one being a teacher or an administrator.
  5. This scholarship may be used for any field of study. It may be also used for trade schools or community colleges.

Amount:

One scholarship of $2500 shall be awarded annually, payable to the college or University upon the Omaha Schools Foundation’s receipt of verification of enrollment from the institution chosen by the recipient.

In Addition:

The recipient shall be awarded $2500 each of the succeeding four years upon the Foundation’s receipt of a transcript from the college or university showing the recipient has maintained a 3.0 GPA and is a student in good standing. Said award to be paid to the college or university as before. Recipient shall also provide a brief letter regarding how each year has progressed, the struggles and successes, any interesting anecdotes, changes in goals and perceptions of the world, etc.  Criteria must be met in consecutive years.  If, in any year, the recipient did not meet the criteria they will no longer be eligible for the scholarship.

Selection of Recipients by:

The Getzschman family and selected friends of the family.

Administered by:

Omaha Public Schools Foundation.

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

Soaring Eagles Pathway Scholarship

This scholarship will benefit a graduating OPS senior who spent their K-12 education attending Spring Lake Magnet, Marrs Magnet and Omaha South High School.

Purpose:

To provide a scholarship for a graduating Senior who has attended Spring Lake, Marrs, and South and is bi-literate in both English and Spanish

Requirements:

  1. Must have an unweighted GPA of 2.5-3.25- through Senior Year (first semester)
  2. Must have spent fours years at South High School and a minimum of 6 years between Spring Lake Magnet and Marrs Magnet
  3. Must provide two letters of recommendation-one from a staff member of a Pathway School (Spring Lake, Marrs or South) & 1 letter from a non-relative who can speak to the student’s character and community involvement.
  4. Must provide a current official transcript.
  5. Student must be bi-literate in English/Spanish.
  6. Must provide a 500 word essay in English-“How will you use your passion to serve others?”
  7. Must provide a 500 word essay in Spanish-“How will your bi-literate skills benefit your passion to make the world a better place?”

Amount/Selection:

A $1000 scholarship will be provided to a student chosen by the Soaring Eagles Committee.

Distribution:

An award letter will be presented to the recipient at the Omaha South High School Scholarship Awards Night by scholarship committee member(s). Verification of enrollment directly from the College/University should be sent to:

The Omaha Public Schools Foundation Scholarship Office
3861 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE 68131

Susie Landow Memorial Scholarship

Susie Landow was a dedicated and beloved teacher in the Omaha Public Schools. This scholarship has been created by family and friends to honor her memory and provide financial assistance to a student seeking post-secondary education who had formerly attended Liberty or Jackson Elementary Schools.

Eligible Recipients:

A graduating senior from an Omaha Public High School who formerly attended Liberty or Jackson Elementary for a minimum of four years.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Student must demonstrate a financial need and submit a Scholarship financial statement.
  2. Student must submit a short essay stating their personal and professional goals, including their reason for continuing into post-secondary education.
  3. Student must submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or an administrator.
  4. Student will submit a current transcript.
  5. Student will state which years he/she attended Liberty or Jackson Elementary Schools.

Selection Process:

Selection will be made by the principal of Jackson and/or Liberty Elementary and the School’s Scholarship Selection Committee. Amount will be payable to the post-secondary institution registrar upon the Omaha Schools Foundation’s receipt of verification of enrollment from the institution chosen by the recipient. All information should be returned to OSF no later than March 24th.
Amount: $1000.00

Administered by:

Omaha Schools Foundation

Please return student’s required information to:
Toba Cohen-Dunning, Executive Director Omaha Schools Foundation
3861 Farnam St.
Omaha, NE 68131