Gomez Elementary PTO Scholarship

Purpose:

To provide one time financial assistance, for two Omaha Public Schools seniors, who participated in the Gomez Heritage Dual Language Program.

Amount:

$500 payable to an educational institution of each 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 Gomez Heritage Elementary for a minimum of two years and have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. 

Selection Criteria:

  1. Attended Gomez Heritage for at least two years.
  2. Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Student must submit an unofficial
  4. Be a graduating senior from an OPS high school
  5. Plan to attend a college, university, vocational-technical, nursing, business, or other school of higher learning in the summer or fall term following graduation.
  6. Submit a Short Essay to: “Tell us about yourself. In your response, include important things you would want us to know about you and discuss a meaningful time/experience in your life that has shaped who you are.”
  7. Submit a Short Essay on the topic: “Why I Want To Further My Education.” If you have decided, indicate what your major of study will be.
  8. Student must include a resume listing activities, volunteer and job

Selection Procedure:

Final recipients will be chosen by the Gomez Heritage Elementary Scholarship Committee. 

Should you be selected for this award, please send verification of your enrollment at the college or university of your choice and a “Thank You” note directed to the donor to Omaha Public Schools Foundation. The award will be forwarded to the college of choice upon receipt. 

Administered By:

The Omaha Public Schools Foundation

Toba Cohen Dunning
3861 Farnam St.
Omaha, NE 68131
402.502.3032

 

David Daughton Memorial Scholarship

Background:

David Daughton grew up in Creston, Iowa and graduated from Creighton University. He taught elementary school at Conestoga Elementary in the late 1960’s through the National Teacher Corps. He then became a leading researcher in smoking cessation studies for 30 years at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Upon retirement, David worked as a paraprofessional for 12 years at Burke High School in the ESL department. He helped many students understand how to navigate high school curriculum, he worked tirelessly to write practice tests so students could master subjects, and supported many students through their journey moving to Omaha and pursuing a high school degree. He also helped students obtain scholarships to attend post-secondary education, and even helped them navigate some of their classes in post-secondary classes. He believed every person belonged, no matter their life circumstances prior to coming to the United States.

Purpose:

To provide a scholarship to a graduating Burke High School senior, who has participated in the Burke ESL program. The senior will be attending a 2-year or 4-year post-secondary program. This scholarship was created to honor David Daughton who found teaching ESL students at Burke one of his greatest pleasures and accomplishments.

Amount:

$1000.00 payable to the college or university upon the Foundation’s receipt of verification of enrollment from the institution chosen by the recipient.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Student must have participated in the ESL program at Burke High School
  2. Student must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher
  3. Student shall be academically able to succeed in college
  4. Student must be pursuing further education at an accredited 2 or 4 year college or university
  5. Student must submit an essay (250-500 words) stating the impact the ESL program had on them and their reason for seeking post-secondary education
  6. Student must submit one recommendation letter from a teacher or coach

Selection Procedure:

Chosen by committee, including a member of the Daughton family/designee and a Burke High School ESL Program Director/designee.

Timeline:

The David Daughton Memorial Scholarship Committee will make the selection annually. Applications will be received through the Omaha Public Schools’ scholarship portal between November 1st and March 1st. Decisions will be made by April 1st.

Administered By: The Omaha Public Schools Foundation

Drs. Shashi and Subhash Bhatia Family Scholarship 

Background of Donors:

The Bhatia’s immigrated from Republic of India about 50 years ago. Each came with a medical degree. They both worked at Creighton University School of Medicine and have retired as Professor Emeriti. They strongly value education as a way to advance in life.

Purpose:

To promote education and self-sufficiency among African American girls from North Omaha. The goal of this scholarship is to promote opportunities for Black women to engage in post-secondary opportunities that lead to a secure job and could be a stepping stone for future higher education. These post-secondary opportunities can include certifications, trade schools, or community colleges.

The Bhatia family scholarship can be applied to healthcare and other fields including but not limited to: Certified Nursing Assistant, Medical Records Technician, Radiologic Technologist, Medication Aide, Associate Degree in Nursing, Practical Nursing Diploma, EEG Technician, Associate Degree in Respiratory Therapy, Emergency Medical technician, Gastrointestinal Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Associate Degree in Business, Computer and Office Technology, Culinary Arts, Massage Therapy, Cosmetology, Barber, Esthetics.

Scholarship:

$1000.00 scholarship up to two years (distributed throughout each term as applicable) to be awarded to two senior female students graduating from an Omaha Public School or Alternative Program. Funds will be transferred to the educational institution upon validation of proof of admission sent to the OPS Foundation, 3861 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68131 or .

Selection Criteria:

Student will be graduating from an Omaha Public Schools who meets the following criteria:

  1. Student is a Black female residing in one of the following zip codes: 68102, 68104, 68105, 68110, 68111, 68112, 68131, 68132 and 68152.
  2. Grade point average of 3.0 or higher validated by school transcript.
  3. Student’s resume and transcript display positive citizenship and spirit of volunteerism.
  4. Validation of financial hardship by submission of FAFSA Student Aid Index or Federal Student Aid Estimator.
  5. Confirmation of acceptance in certificate, trade, or community college program.
  6. Short essays:
    1. Tell us about yourself. In your response, include important things you would want us to know about you and discuss a meaningful time/experience in your life that has shaped who you are.
    2. Why I Want To Further My Education
  7. One letter of recommendation from teachers or staff

Administered by:

Omaha Public Schools Foundation, Executive Director/Scholarship Committee in consultation with Bhatia Family representative(s). Funds will be transferred to the educational institution upon validation of proof of admission sent to the OPS Foundation, 3861 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68131 or .

South Omaha Scholarship Fund

Purpose:

To provide financial assistance to a student seeking post-secondary education in the fields of engineering, education or medicine.

Amount:

One renewable $3,000 scholarship.

Eligible Schools:

The following Omaha Public High Schools:  South, Bryan and Buena Vista

Selection Criteria:

  1. Based equally upon scholastic ability and financial need.
  2. Preference will be given to students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in engineering, education or a medical field (including pre-medicine and pre-veterinarian) at a four-year accredited post-secondary institution in Nebraska.

Application:

  1. Applicants should (i) be a graduating high school senior planning to attend an accredited four-year school of higher learning in Nebraska commencing in the summer or fall term following graduation, (ii) submit an unofficial high school transcript showing a GPA of 2.5 or higher, (iii) submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher and/or administrator and (iv) specify the applicant’s chosen major.
  2. Applicants should submit a short (maximum 500 words) essay which (i) includes a brief description of the applicant’s family, (ii) specifies their chosen area of study and describes why they want to pursue that career, (iii) lists their high school activities as well as any volunteer and job experiences and (iv) any other information which could be relevant to the selection process.

Selection Process:

The principal and scholarship committee of each of the three designated high schools will recommend the top qualifying student for this scholarship from that high school.  Recommendations will be sent to the Omaha Public Schools Foundation, which will forward them to the donors for a final selection.  The donors may wish to meet with the scholarship recipient.

Scholarship Recipient:

Should you be selected for this award, please send verification of your enrollment at the college or university of your choice and a “Thank You” note directed to the donors to Omaha Public Schools Foundation. The award will be forwarded to the college of choice upon receipt.

Scholarship Renewal:

The scholarship is renewable for three additional years based on a minimum grade point average of 2.8 and continuation of pursuit of the recipient’s initially chosen major or such other major as may be approved by the donors. Current transcripts must be sent to the Omaha Schools Foundation for subsequent payments each year.

Administered by:

The Omaha Public Schools Foundation
Toba Cohen-Dunning
3861 Farnam St.
Omaha, NE 68131
402.502.3032

Buffett Middle School Scholarship

Purpose:

To provide one time financial assistance, for two Omaha Public Schools seniors, who attended Buffett Middle School.

Amount:

$500 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 Buffett Middle 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. Attended Buffett Middle School for at least two (2) years.
  2. Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Student must submit an unofficial transcript.
  4. Be a graduating senior from an OPS high school
  5. Plan to attend a college, university, vocational-technical, nursing, business, or other school of higher learning in the summer or fall term following graduation.
  6.  Submit a Short Essay to: “Tell us about yourself. In your response, include important things you would want us to know about you and discuss a meaningful time/experience in your life that has shaped who you are.”
  7. Submit a Short Essay on the topic: “Why I Want To Further My Education.” If you have decided, indicate what your major of study will be.
  8. Student must include a resume listing activities, volunteer and job experiences.

Selection Procedure:

Final recipients will be chosen by the Buffett Middle School Scholarship Committee.

Should you be selected for this award, please send verification of your enrollment at the college or university of your choice and a “Thank You” note directed to the donor to Omaha Public Schools Foundation. The award will be forwarded to the college of choice upon receipt.

Administered By:

The Omaha Public Schools Foundation Toba Cohen Dunning
3861 Farnam St.
Omaha, NE 68131
402.502.3032

Teri Kinkead Memorial Scholarship

Teri Kinkead Memorial Scholarship

Purpose:

Teri Kinkead was a devoted mother and had a successful career as an accountant. Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, she attended Adams Elementary School, Lewis and Clark/Monroe Junior High Schools and Central High School. Growing up, Teri always loved to sing, and her fondest high school memory was participating in the Acapella Choir. Teri’s three children are all graduates of Omaha Public Schools having attended Washington Elementary School, Lewis and Clark Middle School and Central High School. They each participated in various music programs throughout their educational journeys. To honor her memory, this scholarship has been established for any OPS student who participated in music programs during their high school education.

Amount:

$1000.00

Eligible Recipients:

Graduating seniors from an Omaha Public High School who participated in one or more high school music programs.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Student must submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or school administrator.
  2. Student must submit a current transcript.
  3. Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5+.
  4. Be a current graduating senior and planning to attend a college, university, vocational / technical, nursing, business or other school of higher learning in the summer or fall term following graduation.
  5. Student must submit a one to two page essay on how their educational experience made a significant difference in their life and what their future education plans entail.
  6. Student must include a resume listing activities, volunteer and job experiences.
  7. Must have participated in a music program during high school.

Selection Procedure:

The Kinkead Family’s Scholarship Committee will make the selection annually.

Should you be selected for this award, please send verification of your enrollment at the college or university of your choice and a “Thank You” note directed to the donor to Omaha Public Schools Foundation. The award will be forwarded to you then.

Administered By:

The Omaha Public Schools Foundation Toba Cohen Dunning
3861 Farnam St.
Omaha, NE 68131
402.502.3032