Bryan Sr. High 50th Dedication Anniversary Celebration

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On Sunday, April 30, 1972, the “new” Bryan Senior High building, grades 10-12, at 4700 Giles Road, was dedicated. This building was constructed due to overcrowding at the Bryan Junior/Senior High School, which opened in Fall 1964. Sunday, May 1, 2022 would be the 50th year anniversary of the dedication ceremony.

A group of interested alumni on Bryan Senior High staff are planning the 50th Anniversary to be celebrated as a community event.

Date:  Sunday, May 1, 2022

Time:  1-4 p.m. (tentative)

Place:  Bryan Senior High Campus, 4700 Giles Road

Special guests, a time capsule, entertainment, refreshments and games are all in the planning stages. Please consider a donation today to help in the funding of this great project.

 

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

Charles Bowman Scholarship

Charles BowmanCharles Bowman was a lifelong educator, teaching mathematics and physics in the Omaha Public Schools for 34 years and at Metropolitan Community College for 12 years. He chaired the Math/Science Department at Bryan High School, wrote physics curriculum, led scholarship committees, and advocated for student learning throughout his career. He graduated from Peru State College (1968) and earned his Master’s Degree at the University of Illinois (1974). Chuck was raised in Plattsmouth, NE playing football in High School. He was an avid Huskers fan and fisherman, and enjoyed making wooden toys for his grandchildren. He has served the community in many ways through his leadership in Boy Scouts, YMCA coaching, and Church.

 

Charles Bowman Memorial Scholarship

Eligible Recipient:       

Graduating OPS Bryan student who will be pursuing a college degree in the field of (or related to) Math or Science.

Amount: 

$ 1000 upon verification of enrollment from an accredited institution (renewable for one year $1000)

Selection of Recipients:     

Bryan High Scholarship Committee

Selection Criteria:         

  1. Candidates must submit a completed application through the Omaha Public Schools Foundation’s scholarship site.
  2. Candidate must include their high school transcript.
  3. Candidate must hold a 2.0 GPA or higher
  4. The award will be based on financial need and lack of other financial aid sources.

You may send Memorials to:

The Charles Bowman Scholarship
OPS Foundation
3861 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE 68131

Use the link below to send an online donation.

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

 

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

The Frances M. and Earl A. Hill Memorial Scholarship

REQUIREMENTS

  1. PROOF OF ENROLLMENT FROM UNO
  2. AUTHENTIC COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS WITH PROOF OF 3.0 GPA
  3. ESSAY

Administered by:

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

Applicants will be contacted regarding the award by the Omaha Public Schools Foundation.  Please call 402-502-3032 with questions.