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Attorney General’s Youth Conference
On April 14, 2020, Attorney General Peterson will host a day-long conference where a selected number of high school juniors from across the state will have the opportunity to participate in discussion and debate. Topics will range from our U.S. Constitution, rights, responsibilities to critical issues facing students and their communities. Students will hear from AGO Bureau Chiefs, expand their understanding of the legal process in Nebraska, and eat lunch at the Governor’s Residence. Transportation is not provided to Lincoln. You may download application forms at Applications are due on or before February 14, 2020. Selected students will be notified by March 16, 2020.For more information, please contact Jennifer Brehm at (402) 471-9651 [email protected].

Steve Hogan Golf Association Scholarship
The Steve Hogan Golf Association will award a $500 scholarship to a minority senior planning to attend college that has above average standing and is a member of the boys or girls high school golf team. Interested students should submit a bibliography of 150-200 words listing name and date of birth, high school activities/honors/awards, and goals/aspirations to Willie Paschall, 2312 N 151st Street, Omaha, NE 68116.

Omaha Education Association Foundation Scholarships
The Omaha Education Association Foundation offers several scholarships to children of members and Omaha Public High School students. Please visit for more information. To apply for scholarships listed for only Benson High School students, please submit the Benson High School Scholarship Application by January 31 to the school counseling office. For all others, please follow the guidelines on the website.

Mt. Olive Lutheran Church Scholarship
The Mt. Olive Lutheran Church Scholarship application can be found at Hard copies are available in the school counseling office. The scholarship amount is $1000 (possibly renewable), and can be used at any accredited two-year or four-year college/university or vocational/technical school. Seniors that are members of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church or that live within the Mt. Olive Lutheran Church neighborhood (north of Ames, east of 52nd) with a 2.5 or above GPA are eligible. Applications need to be postmarked by April 15, 2020.

Ricki Getszschman Scholarship
1.The recipient shall have attended Benson High School at least two years and be a graduating senior from Benson High School.
2. The student shall have demonstrated academic excellence ( GPA at least 3.0) and true positive participation in school and in life outside school.
3. The student shall submit a two page(not to exceed three pages) essay on the subject matter asked in the attached reading.
4. The student will also provide two letters of reference, one being a teacher or administrator.
5. This scholarship may be used for any field of study. It may be also used for trade schools or community colleges.

Amount: One scholarship of $2500 shall be awarded annually, payable to the college or University upon the Omaha Schools Foundation’s receipt of verification of enrollment from the institution chosen by the recipient.
In addition: The recipient shall be awarded $2500 each of the succeeding four years upon the Foundation’s receipt of a transcript from the college or university showing the recipient has maintained a 3.0 GPA and is a student in good standing. Said award to be paid to the college or university as before. Recipient shall also provide a brief letter regarding how each year has progressed, the struggles and successes, any interesting anecdotes, changes in goals and perceptions of the world, etc. Criteria must be met in consecutive years. If, in any year, the recipient did not meet the criteria they will no longer be eligible for the scholarship.
Selection of Recipients by: The Getzschman family and selected friends of the family.
Materials are due to Mrs. Brown in the counseling office by 3:05 p.m. on March 2, 2020.

Melanie Koontz Memorial Scholarship

1. Student must demonstrate financial need and submit student aid report or college funding estimator.

2. Student must submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or school administrator.

3. Student must submit a recent transcript showing a grade point average between 2.5 and 3.5.

4. Student must submit an essay entitled “How I plan to make a difference for myself and others.” Student should include information about their intended major and why they are pursuing it.
Selection Process: Selection will be made by the family of Melanie Koontz in consultation with the Benson High Scholarship Committee

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.
Materials are due to Mrs. Brown in the counseling office by 3:05 p.m. on March 2, 2020.