The Omaha Schools Foundation administers many different scholarships for graduating seniors of the Omaha Public Schools.
Tammy Rush Memorial Scholarship
Tammy Rush was the beloved ESL teacher at both Beveridge Magnet and Burke High School who passed away unexpectedly in November, 2016. Ms. Rush’s family wants to honor her legacy by supporting an educational scholarship in her name. Tammy had a passion for teaching and loved her students dearly. From the time she was a young child to the time she passed, she was always concerned for others in need. This scholarship honors Tammy’s legacy.
The Simon Says: Live A Better Life Scholarship
The 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.
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.
Antwaun Rollerson Memorial Scholarship
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.
All OPS High Schools
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.
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.
Susie Landow Memorial Scholarship
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.