The Omaha Schools Foundation administers many different scholarships for graduating seniors of the Omaha Public Schools.

Donors may establish scholarship funds in honor or in memory of loved ones and may determine criteria which best fits their wishes. Contact Toba Cohen Dunning by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the office, 531-299-9600, to make inquiries and establish a Scholarship for a deserving Omaha Public School Student.

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Ian Jorden-Price Scholarship

Ian Jorden-PriceThe 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.

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The Simon Says: Live A Better Life Scholarship

simon smlThe Simon Says: Live A Better Life Scholarship is looking for a student that, despite the struggles of their circumstances, has strived to help others either through volunteer work or by the way they have chosen to make a difference in their community or family and at the same time continued to make school a priority.

Simon Jones graduated from Omaha North Nigh School in the top 2% of his class in 2017. He was an exceptional student who attended AP and Dual Enrollment classes as well as following the Bio-Medical and Engineering Pathways offered at Omaha North. He received the Buffet Scholarship and had been accepted into the Engineering Program at the University of Nebraska Omaha. While at North he also participated in Cross Country, Track and Field, Bike Club and in the Science Club. Outside of school he was president of the Teen Advisory Council at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, a member of the Florence Christian Youth group and Team Captain for Relay for Life. He also created and began the Simon Says: “Happy Birthday” Toy Drive to benefit the Living Hope Food Pantry. He accomplished these things even though he had cancer.

How to ApplyThe Simon Says: Live A Better Life Scholarship

Antwaun Rollerson Memorial Scholarship

Purpose:

To provide financial assistance to a graduating Omaha Public Schools student in memory of OPS graduate Antwaun Rollerson who was an avid volunteer in the community working to better the lives of children. This scholarship specifically supports the purchase of books for college.

Eligible School:

All OPS High Schools

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Superintendent's Scholarships

Omaha Public Schools Scholarships

The Omaha Schools Foundation administers many different scholarships for graduating seniors of the Omaha Public Schools. Donors may establish scholarship funds in honor or in memory of loved ones and may determine criteria which best fits their wishes. 

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Wanda M. Clarke Scholarship Fund

To provide financial assistance to a student seeking post-secondary education in the memory of Wanda M. Clarke, an Omaha Public School science teacher and administrator, who died of cancer on August 3, 2011. Preference will be given to a student who intends to declare a major in Science or Science Education.

Read more: Wanda M. Clarke Scholarship Fund

Susie Landow Memorial Scholarship

Susie Landow

Susie Landow was a dedicated and beloved teacher in the Omaha Public Schools. This scholarship has been created by family and friends to honor her memory and provide financial assistance to a student seeking post-secondary education who had formerly attended Liberty or Jackson Elementary Schools.

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The Ricki Getzschman Memorial Scholarship

Benson High School

This scholarship exists to honor the memory and life of Ricki Getzschman who was a graduate of Omaha Benson Magnet High School.   It exists to help another Benson graduate achieve his/her academic goals which Ricki was unable to do.  In order to help us achieve this goal we want you to know something about who Ricki was and we want to know something about who you are and how you hope to impact the world around you.

Read more: The Ricki Getzschman Memorial Scholarship

Carol Van Metre "Active in Making Lives Better"

Carol Van Metre
Sarah Hoffman / World Herald

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.

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OSF Remembers Crytal Simpson

The Omaha Schools Foundation would like to express their profound sorrow at the passing of Crystal Simpson, beloved principal of Dodge Elementary School.

The Crystal Simpson Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established in Crystal's name. You can donate to the fund through our secure payment gateway. Click here to donate and choose in the drop down menu. If you want to send a check, please make all checks payable to the Omaha Schools Foundation, Attention Toba Cohen-Dunning, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE  68131.

 The Omaha World Herald paid tribute to Ms. Simpson in today's news.

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