Student Scholarships

OPS Students,

Are you an upcoming graduate interested in learning more about Omaha Public Schools Foundation scholarship opportunities?

Omaha Public Schools Foundation administers scholarships for Omaha Public Schools graduating seniors. You can preview the scholarship requirements here and apply online.

The Omaha Public Schools Foundation strives to raise new scholarship dollars each year to provide optimal funding for Omaha Public Schools graduating seniors the opportunity to pursue post-secondary education, while growing established endowments.  #OPSFpossible

Please contact your high school counselor and/or scholarship committee for information on all scholarships offered through the district.

How to Use the Application Portal

The portal is open from November 3, 2023, through March 1, 2024.

  1.  Your Portal Login: Use your personal email to create a login. This will help you access your portal after graduation, and keeps you connected with the Foundation.
  2. Fill In Details:
    • Personal Info: Address, phone number, gender, and ethnicity.
    • School Info: Current high school, weighted GPA.
    • Intended College Major: You can select more than one, so think about all possibilities that interest you. This will impact which scholarships you are eligible for.
    • School History: OPS elementary, middle, and high schools you attended.
    • Essay 1:
      • create a short essay (preferably in Word to be copied and pasted into the corresponding portal field) answering “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.”
    • Essay 2:
      • create a short essay (preferably in Word to be copied and pasted into the corresponding portal field) answering “Why I Want To Further My Education”
    • Additional documents: Résumé, unofficial high school transcript from your Campus Portal app.
    • Recommendation: Provide email address of a recommender. Not all scholarships require a letter of recommendation, but you will be eligible for more if you have this completed. Choose Scholarships: You will be shown scholarships for which you are eligible. Some scholarships will require extra details or essays. Click the green Save button to save your progress and come back later.
  3. Submit: Double-check your information and click the Submit button. Once you have submitted, you are not able to go back in and change anything.
  4. Deadline: March 1st, 2024, 12 noon.

Questions? Email .

APPLICATION TIPS:

  • Applying is worth your time! Even a small scholarship could buy you books or necessities.
  • Do not write your essays directly in the portal. Write them on paper or on a computer first, then copy the final version into the portal. Check your grammar, spelling, and formatting. You can submit essays and resumes to the Paper app for feedback too! Submit original compositions only.
  • Complete your applications with quality and care. Donors want to support thoughtful and intentional college students.
  • Don’t be afraid to speak highly of yourself. You are worthy of recognition for your hard work and achievements.
  • Ask your reference before you enter their name. Make sure they are willing to write you a POSITIVE letter of recommendation. If they already have a letter on file, it will be easy for them to send it to multiple organizations on your behalf.

 

OPSF Scholarship Preview

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