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Preventing Childhood Obesity Community Scholarships

Children's Hospital & Medical Center has the vision to eliminate childhood obesity. However, we know we cannot realize this vision alone. We need our community's best and brightest college-bound youth to join us in the fight against an epidemic.

Children's annually awards Preventing Childhood Obesity Community Scholarships to college-bound seniors who plan to pursue a career related to health and/or wellness (e.g. nurse, physician, dietitian, health teacher, physical therapist) with an exclusive or significant focus on children and/or adolescents.

Thank you to those who applied for a 2017-18 Preventing Childhood Obesity Community scholarship! Award recipients will be notified in late March. Recipients will be announced and honored at a formal check presentation in May 2017.

Scholarship Requirements
+ Must be a high school senior pursuing a bachelor's degree, living in the Omaha Metropolitan Statistical Area (Cass, Douglas, Sarpy, Saunders and Washington counties in Nebraska, and Harrison, Mills and Pottawattamie counties in Iowa).
+ Must be pursuing a career related to health and/or wellness with an exclusive or significant focus on children and/or adolescents.
+ Must submit a personal essay (1,000 words maximum) regarding how you will make a difference in the fight against childhood obesity through your college education and future career.
+ Must submit a letter of support from an adult who can advocate for your commitment to a career in health and/or wellness (e.g. guidance counselor, teacher, community volunteer, mentor) and is not a family member.

Scholarship Details
+ Five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.
+ Scholarships will be renewed for up to 3 years, dependent on recipients' academic standing and relevant area of study.
+ Applications are due Friday, March 10, 2017, at 5 p.m.

Personal Essay (1,000 words maximum):
How do you plan to make a difference in the fight against childhood obesity? Why are you passionate about improving the health and well-being of children?

Letter of Support (Must be written by an adult who can advocate for your passion and commitment to a career in health and/or wellness—e.g. guidance counselor, teacher, community volunteer, professional mentor—and is not a family member.)


Children’s 2016-17 Scholarship Recipients

  • Kylie Johnson, Omaha North High School
  • Alicia Luis, Omaha South High School
  • Elijahiana Parker, Omaha Central High School
  • Erin Sosso, Gross Catholic High School
  • Amanda Young, Gretna High School

Click here to view a video honoring the 2016-17 scholarship winners!


Children’s 2015-16 Scholarship Recipients

  • Alaina Brummel, Papillion LaVista South High School
  • Raelyn Haubensak, Platteview High School
  • Jacqueline Lopez-Ortiz, Omaha South High Magnet School
  • Madison Meacham, Millard North High School
  • Brooklynn Venteicher, Marian High School

Click here to view a video honoring the 2015-16 scholarship winners!