7 New Elkhorn Scholarship Opportunities Added for 2021 Seniors

The Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation has added seven new scholarship opportunities for seniors graduating in 2021. Students may start their application process beginning December 1st, 2020. They can learn more about each scholarship’s criteria at www.elkhornfoundation.org/scholarships. All applications must be submitted by February 1st, 2021 by 5:00 p.m.

Scholarship recipient Raegan Young at the Skylar Elizabeth Hunter Memorial Reception held at the EPS Foundation Alumni Center.

Did you know? The Foundation awarded $404,750 in scholarships in the 2019-2020 school year– That’s a $62K increase in scholarship dollars from the 2018-2019 school year!


6 New scholarships this year

Seniors For Seniors Scholarship | $5,000 Scholarship

Compass Benefits is excited to collaborate with United Healthcare to establish a new scholarship that hopes to inspire students to create a youth club or organization whose mission would be to address one of the most challenging issues that senior citizens face: isolation and limited relationships as they age. Compass Benefits hopes that this scholarship will be the catalyst to provide a new avenue for youth to connect and build meaningful ongoing relationships with senior citizens.

This scholarship will be awarded to one Elkhorn Public Schools senior who demonstrates compassion for senior citizens and has innovative ideas on how to better connect youth with senior citizens. Specifically, the scholarship committee is looking for students’ creative ideas for establishing a youth club or organization that addresses/alleviates this relevant issue.

Compass Benefits is a full-service insurance agency that specializes in group benefits, individual health insurance, and Medicare. They are an independent full-service broker/consulting firm that helps their clients develop a benefits strategy that meets their individual needs while providing them with a superior level of service.


Robert ‘Scoop’ McArdle

McArdle Grading Company | $2,000 Scholarship

Longtime Elkhorn business McArdle Grading Company has started a scholarship in memory of its founder, the late Robert ‘Scoop’ McArdle. Scoop graduated from Elkhorn High School in 1940 and founded McArdle Grading Company in 1953 with a single bulldozer. Today, the company has over 70 employees and operates with 100+ pieces of equipment.

Scoop had a true passion for the Elkhorn community and its schools. He was a founding member of the Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation and served on the Elkhorn school board for 28 years, the last 10 as president. He also served as Treasurer of the Foundation Board for 15 years.

This scholarship will be awarded to one Elkhorn Public Schools senior graduating senior who plans to continue his/her education at either a two-year college, trade, or vocational school with a focus on a skilled-trade or construction-related field, including but not limited to: diesel mechanic, heavy equipment operator and maintenance, GPS/surveying, etc.


Echelon Homes | $1,000 Scholarship

With a huge demand for new graduates in the construction field, this new scholarship’s goal is to promote the industry and encourage students to pursue a career in construction.

This scholarship will be awarded to one Elkhorn Public Schools senior who plans to major in engineering or construction management or to continue his/her education in a construction trade.

Echelon Homes was founded by former Elkhorn graduate Zach Nelson in 2014.


Terry and Paulette Peters Memorial Scholarship | $1,000 Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded in the memory of Terry and Paulette Peters and their many quiet contributions to Elkhorn Public Schools in the 1970s and 1980s that helped set the stage for the vibrant school district it is today.

It will be awarded to a graduating senior from Elkhorn High School who demonstrates active participation in school activities. Applicants must have maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA and have been involved in at least one sport and one arts-based organization (band, drama, debate, etc.) during their high school career.


ESHS Softball Booster Club | Two $500 Scholarships

The ESHS Softball Booster Club will award a $500 scholarship to two female graduating seniors who are current members of the Elkhorn South High School softball team and have demonstrated good character, integrity, dedication, and a strong work ethic.


Sagewood Elementary PTO | Two $500 Scholarships

The Sagewood Elementary PTO will award a $500 scholarship to two graduating seniors, a male and a female, who graduated fifth grade from Sagewood Elementary School and exemplify academic success, good citizenship, and active involvement in the community and school activities.


West Bay Elementary PTO | $500 Scholarship

The West Bay Elementary PTO will award a $500 scholarship to a graduating senior who graduated fifth grade from West Bay Elementary and exemplifies academic success, good citizenship, and active involvement in community and school activities.