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.

Martha Stofko Scholarship

Mrs. Martha Stofko is a former teacher and principal with nearly 30 years of experience in the Omaha Public Schools. She was principal of Benson West Elementary School from 1999-2007.

Purpose:

To provide financial assistance to a former 6th grade graduate of Benson West Elementary School who is seeking post-secondary education.

Eligible Schools:

All OPS High Schools

Selection Criteria:

  1. Student must have attended Benson West Elementary for a minimum of three years and graduated 6th grade from the school.
  2. Student must demonstrate financial need and submit a scholarship financial statement.
  3. Student must submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or school administrator.
  4. Student must submit a recent transcript showing a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
  5. Student must submit an essay stating their personal and professional goals.

Selection Process:

Selection will be made by Mrs. Martha Stofko

Amount:

$500 payable to the college or university upon the Foundation’s receipt of verification of enrollment from the institution chosen by the recipient.

Administered By:

Omaha Public Schools Foundation

Mt. View Elementary School Scholarship

Purpose:

To assist students who wish to pursue post-secondary education.

Eligible Schools:

All OPS High Schools

Selection Criteria:

  1. Student must have completed two years at Mt. View.
  2. Recipient shall be academically able to succeed in college.
  3. Student must be pursuing further education at an accredited college or university.
  4. Student must submit a short essay (maximum 3 paragraphs) stating their future plans both professionally and personally. The title of the essay is: “How I plan to use my college education.”

Selection Process:

High school should send one eligible student application to the Omaha Public Schools Foundation. The final selection of the recipient will be made by the Principal of Mt. View Elementary School in consultation with school staff.

Amount:

$500.00 payable to the college or university upon the Foundation’s receipt of verification of enrollment from the institution chosen by the recipient.

Administered By:

Omaha Public Schools Foundation

The Pat Seitz Memorial Scholarship

Purpose:                     

To provide financial assistance to a graduating Omaha Public Schools student in memory of Hartman Elementary School parent and advocate Mrs. Pat Seitz.  Pat served the school for many years as a Lunchroom Aid, Special Needs Classroom Aid and Resource Room Aid.  She loved the school and its students dearly.

Eligible Recipients:                  

All OPS High Schools

Selection Process: 

  1. Student must have attended Hartman 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 letter on why they are applying for the scholarship.
  3. Student must submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or school administrator.
  4. Student must show commitment to post-secondary education.

Amount:                     

$400.00 payable to the college or university upon the Foundation’s receipt of verification of enrollment from the institution chosen by the recipient.

Final selection:           

Recipient will be chosen by the Hartman Elementary School Principal and Staff.

Administered by:       

Omaha Schools Foundation

The Skinner Elementary School PTO Scholarship

Purpose:

To assist students who wish to pursue post-secondary education.

Eligible Recipients:

All OPS High Schools

Selection Process:

  1. Student must have completed a minimum of three years at Skinner Elementary.
  2. Recipient shall be academically able to succeed in college.
  3. Student must be pursuing further education at an accredited 2 or 4 year college or university.
  4. Student must submit a short essay (maximum 3 paragraphs) stating their future plans both professionally and personally.   The title of the essay is: “How I plan to use my college education.”

Amount:

$500.00 payable to the college or university upon the Foundation’s receipt of verification of enrollment from the institution chosen by the recipient.

Final selection:

High school should select one eligible student application to the Omaha Public Schools Foundation.  The final recipient will be chosen by a selection committee established by the Principal of Skinner Elementary School made up of school staff and leadership.

Administered by:

Omaha Schools Foundation

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.