Tenaska Corporate Scholarships

Tenaska has created a culture where its people are free to build the future of the energy industry on a decades-strong foundation of ethics, expertise and entrepreneurship. We understand that being a leader is about more than financial success – it’s about being a force for good in the communities where our people live and work. To express the company’s commitment to education, three new corporate scholarships are offered through the public high schools located near our corporate headquarters in Omaha, as well as our Dallas regional office.

ZCT Scholarship Fund

Purpose:   

To invest and support low-income students in the Omaha metro area seeking post-secondary education.

Vision:

Every willing student should have access to support in obtaining post-secondary education, no matter the economic or social challenges they face. Society is ever changing, especially in regards to education. Over time, potential students from all spectrums have been given more access to a quality education compared to those of the past. Increased access to education still hasn’t alleviated roadblocks and determinants that push potential students out of pursuing post-secondary education. One of those determinants is lower income individuals.

The ZCT Scholarship was founded by Alexandria Talich in 2020 to help push more students into post-secondary education. The ZCT scholarship will provide a $500 per year scholarship to low income students who are pursuing an education at a four-year college, community college or trade program.

Amount:   

$250.00 per semester for two semesters, must maintain a 2.5 GPA

Selection Criteria: 

  1. Fill out the OPSF Scholarship Application.
  2. Submit student’s transcript
  3. Submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher and/or administrator.
  4. Please provide FAFSA/SAR report regarding financial need
  5. Student must attend an accredited post-secondary institution (including all community colleges and trade schools).
  6. Submit an essay discussing any hardships you’ve endured during your high school career (personal and/or financial), and what/who has motivated you to further your education. No word minimum. Preference will be given to students who are male and consider themselves minorities.

Selection Process:

All OPS graduating seniors, including those who have taken classes through the Career Center and alternative schools are eligible.  Recipient will be chosen by the Crawford-Talich Family.  First installment of the scholarship will be sent to the recipient’s school of choice upon receipt of verification of enrollment by that institution.  Verification should be sent to…

Omaha Public Schools Foundation
3861 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE  68131

Administered By:     

The Omaha Public Schools Foundation

Donate

If you would like to make a contribution to this scholarship fund, please use the secure form below. Checks may also be mailed to:

Omaha Public Schools Foundation
3861 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE  68131
Attention: ZCT Scholarship Fund

We Are Jackson! Believe! Achieve! Succeed!

Jackson Elementary School LogoJackson Elementary is located at 620 South 31st Street in Omaha. Our school is made up of a diverse population of 235 learners from prekindergarten through sixth grade. We are small but mighty! We are also uniquely positioned to serve as the only fully Dual Language School in all of Nebraska beginning in 2018. The Dual Language Program provides students with daily instruction in both English and Spanish. Our excellent and committed staff strives to meet the needs of all learners by providing rigorous and differentiated instruction. With the support of Special Education Services, English as a Second Language, and Paraprofessionals, we empower our students to put forth their best effort so they can meet their academic, social, and personal goals.The majority of our students, 90%, qualify for free or reduced lunch.

Despite the academic challenges often linked with known economic barriers, our students learn all subjects in two languages, which is no small task at any age or income level. In short, they rock! Go, Jaguars, go!

Jackson PTO seeks to provide financial support to the students and staff at Jackson Elementary throughout the school year and in the foreseeable future. Your support is invaluable to us and thoroughly appreciated by all of the Jackson Elementary community.

We sincerely thank you for any contribution you can make. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law and go directly to Jackson Elementary. No administrative fees are deducted from any donation. Together we know we can succeed and meet our vision to leap like champions!

We are Jackson! Believe! Achieve! Succeed!

Online Donations can be made using the button link below. If you prefer to send a check, please make it out to the Omaha Public Schools Foundation and mail it to:

Omaha Public Schools Foundation
3861 Farnam St.
Omaha, NE 68131

You will receive a receipt for your contribution from the Foundation.

The Woolf Pack Fund

Did you know that ONE IN FIVE CHILDREN in Nebraska and western Iowa under the age of 18 IS AT RISK FOR HUNGER?
(Food Bank of the Heartland)

The Woolf Pack Fund, named for its founder, has made its mission to provide supplemental food to the youth in need in our community. Our vision is to help eliminate hunger and close the meal gap.

The Woolf Pack Fund provides support to students at three Omaha Public Schools: Western Hills Elementary, Benson West Elementary and Walnut Hill Elementary. Based off of 2021 data, 78% (261 students), 85% (381 students) and 93% (372 students) of children enrolled, respectively, qualify for free and reduced lunch. The need for supplemental food has greatly increased due to COVID.

“Like many North Omaha families, Benson West families were intensely hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many families were forced out of work and unable to provide for their children,” said Megan Seeley, the school social worker. “With the help from the backpack program, this will alleviate some stressors and help to bridge the gap between meals for our students and families.”

The program runs from September through May and is geared to target young children with limited parental supervision at home. Bags will be packed weekly by volunteers and taken to the schools for the teachers to place into the student’s backpacks on Friday. The bags will contain 2 shelf stable milks, a fruit cup, a juice box, 2 cereals and 2 entrees.

The Woolf Pack Fund received grants from The Omaha Community Foundation, HDR and The City of Omaha totaling just under $15,000! At the end of the 2021-2022 school year, the Woolf Pack Fund will have packed and delivered 2,135 food bags.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

We are currently seeking donations to help fund the 2022-2023 school year. The cost of food and bags to provide supplemental food to 1 student for the entire school year is $235.00.

Thank you!!
Maegan Woolf, PE
Civil Engineer

Benson Bunny Den

Benson Bunny Den

The Bunny Den was created to alleviate family stress by offering Benson students a safe and confidential place to receive items necessary to meet their basic needs.  We hope by fulfilling these needs students will be able to focus more on being successful in the classroom and being involved in school activities.

By donating, you are helping us provide students with basic non perishable food items, offer basic clothing and coats to students, and provide hygiene items for both males and females.

We also accept new and lightly used coats, hats and gloves in boys and girls sizes S-XL and men’s and women’s sizes S-XL. To donate these clothing items, please email Angela Johanek, Academy Specialist (Health, Business, & Design), Benson High Magnet Coordinator,  or call 531.299.8040, to arrange delivery or pick-up.

Thank you for considering a donation to allow us to continue our mission. You can donate by contributing using the online donation form or making out a check and sending to:

The Omaha Public Schools Foundation
3861 Farnam St.
Omaha, NE 68131

Attention: Benson Bunny Den

By donating you are helping us to fulfill our mission to enrich students’ lives by funding learning experiences that inspire hope, open doors and help students to achieve their dreams.

The Omaha Schools Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 organization. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law and go directly to the intended program, project or scholarship. Credit card transaction fees (2.2% + $.30) are deducted for each online donation; however, no additional OPSF administrative fees are deducted from any donation made online or by check.

Burke High School Stadium Renovation and Facilities Update

BURKE ALUMNI

As alumni, we look back at our Burke experiences that helped shape who’ve we become today – our friends, our teachers, our activities. Together, we all have great school pride. Together, we can help future generations have memorable experiences and the same Burke pride.

Cheering from the stands, marching or running on the field, jumping in the sandpits and racing around the track, whether you’re a 1st, 2nd or 3rd generation member of the Burke family, the stadium holds a lot of memories of our time spent there as athletes, musicians, performers and spectators.

THE KINGS – A BURKE FAMILY OF CHAMPIONS

Richard and Karen King lead their family with a Burke legacy spanning over 40 years, two generations and 12 family members. Their children: Debi (1979 grad and current English teacher), Rick (1981) and Rob (1988) continue the family tradition. Together, they have invested numerous volunteer hours by serving as the journalism sponsor, yearbook sponsor, Senior Senate sponsor, running the football scoreboard, providing ACT prep, serving as PTO President and co-chairs Burke Bash for the past 3 years. King Insurance, founded by Richard with Rick as the current President, has also been a Burke Bash corporate sponsor over the years.

Join the Kings and the Burke Family of Champions to help create memories for future Burke Bulldogs!

THE CHALLENGE

Now it’s time to give the stadium our support, as alumni, so it can continue to create memories for many more generations to come.

Thanks to the generosity of Burke alumni and sisters, Amy Scott, Karen Dixon (Scott) and Sandy Parker (Scott), a Burke alumni challenge has been created to support the Stadium Renovation Project.

BY OCTOBER 31, 2019,
WE NEED TO:

1. Raise $600,000

2. Recruit 100 new Alumni donors

$300,000 WILL BE MATCHED by the Scott sisters for the Stadium Renovation Project

To learn more about the Project and Donate go to: