Melanie Lucks

Math & Reading Assistance

The Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation funds the Math & Reading Clubs that take place in Elkhorn’s elementary schools before and after school through the proceeds of our annual Bids For Kids event. Formally known as “Math and Reading Intervention,” these clubs help students gain confidence and improve their overall math and reading comprehension through small group tutoring.

In the 2020-2021 school year, nearly 200 elementary students needed additional instruction in math and reading. As students transition back to school full-time from intermittent online learning, that number is expected to rise significantly. 

If you are an Elkhorn Public Schools Staff Member and are interested in working with your school’s Math or Reading Assistance Program or Club before or after school, please contact your principal. 

Thank you for your support!

TEAM Campaign 2021

Support the Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation by “getting on the bus” and joining our annual TEAM Campaign!

What does the Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation do? We are a nonprofit organization that provides funding to the Elkhorn Public Schools District for enhanced educational opportunities for Elkhorn students and additional support for Elkhorn Public Schools staff.

What is the TEAM Campaign? The Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation TEAM Campaign is an annual fundraiser where EPS staff donate to the Foundation to help fund its programs. By donating to the Foundation’s 2021 TEAM Campaign you’re helping us provide additional funding for Elkhorn Public School Classroom Grants, Scholarships, Teacher Tuition Reimbursement, and more!

Last year, 515 EPS staff members donated nearly $55K to the TEAM Campaign demonstrating that…

Together Everyone Achieves More!

If you’re inspired to join us in our efforts, please consider donating to our 2021 TEAM Campaign! Your donation will help us continue to fund vital programs for our Elkhorn students and staff!


Donation Rewards:

Level 1

If you donate between $50-$99, you’ll receive a Short-Sleeve Elkhorn Proud Shirt (Bella brand) in your choice of Red, Navy, OR Light Blue.

(Unisex Sizes XS-4XL)



Level 2

If you donate $100 or more, you’ll receive a Koozie®-Insulated Cooler Bag AND a Short-Sleeve Elkhorn Proud Shirt.


How to make your donation:


Important reminders & prizes:

-Submit your donation form by Tuesday, August 31st for a chance to win a $125 gift card to TopGolf.

-All donation forms must be submitted by Thursday, September 30th.

-Payroll deduction(s) will begin in November.

-3 schools with the highest average donation will win quarterly treats!
(1 elementary school, 1 middle school, and 1 high school).


THANK YOU FOR “GETTING ON THE BUS” AND HELPING US SUPPORT THE ELKHORN PUBLIC SCHOOLS COMMUNITY!

Questions? Give us a call at (402)289.1727 or email
Genice Chochon at gchochon@elkhornfoundation.org.

Golf Fore Grants Event Raises Over $47,000 for Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation Classrooms Grants Program

Congratulations to our 2021 Golf Fore Grants Winners!

On June 7, 2021, over 184 participants, volunteers, and sponsors gathered for a day of golf, games, and fun at Champions Run Golf Course for our 22nd annual Golf Fore Grants Tournament.

Thanks to fundraising events like Golf Fore Grants, The Foundation is able to support its Classroom Grants Program which provides additional funding for Elkhorn’s kindergarten through high school classrooms. In the past, these grants have helped purchase additional innovative, educational STEAM items such as ClearTouch interactive displays, coding activities, reading assistance programs, robotics equipment, and so much more!

“We have so much to celebrate this year! For starters, our tournament sold out in just 5 weeks, and for the first time, we had a waitlist of 11 additional foursomes wanting to participate in our golf fundraiser! We expect this year’s tournament to raise the most money ever.”

This year’s Golf Fore Grants event featured a four-person 18-hole afternoon scramble which began with a noon shotgun start. Elkhorn High School Cheerleaders, Elkhorn Kids Campus Employees, and Foundation Friends teamed up to assist with golf games all along the course which included opportunities to win a 2021 Alfa Romeo Guilia, a PITCH Pizzeria Basket, a Golf and Wine Gift Basket, and more.

The tournament team champions were General Fire & Safety’s Jason McDonald, Bobby Deleidi, Jason Bartling, & Andy
Knutson with a winning score of 52. MCL Construction’s foursome were the winners of this year’s putting green contest and the best Golf Poker hand went to Seim Johnson’s Todd Arnold.

The full list of this year’s winners can be found here.

The Foundation would like to thank our 2021 Golf Fore Grants participants, sponsors, volunteers, and supporters. The success of this year’s event would not have been possible without the support of the Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation community.

2021 Golf Fore Grants Sponsors


Find more pictures from our event on our Facebook page.


Keep your golf game going with Dormie Network!

Our hybrid 2021 Bids For Kids fundraiser will take place on Thursday, September 9th and we have already secured some amazing packages that will be up for bid!

Dormie Network, a national network of renowned golf clubs that combines the experience of destination golf with premier hospitality of private membership has graciously donated a One-Night, 2-Day Stay and Play Golfing Package valued at $3,400, as well as a One-Year Dormie Network Membership valued at $21,000!

Learn more about their network of golf courses at www.dormienetwork.com. and don’t forget to register your phone for Bids For Kids 2021, so you can receive text updates when our auction opens!!

Congratulations to Our EHS Scholarship Winners!

The Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation recognized our Elkhorn High School scholarship winners at our Scholarship Recognition Ceremony on April 29th, 2021.

The Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation, Elkhorn High School, the scholarship selection committees, and our scholarship sponsors are proud to recognize this year’s scholarship recipients for their many successes.

Congratulations to each of you. We are proud of your hard work and wish you the best as you embark on your next exciting adventure. Your commitment and dedication is an example to us all.

See Dwyer Photography proofs from the EHS ceremony

Community-Funded Scholarships

The Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation currently administers 98 unique scholarship funds on the behalf of Elkhorn families, businesses, and organizations. This year, the Foundation is awarding 151 community-funded scholarships worth $209,500 to Elkhorn Public Schools’ seniors! We are extremely grateful for our scholarship donors, scholarship representatives, and volunteer selection committees (includes 285+ committee members!) who partner with the Foundation to provide these great scholarship opportunities for our Elkhorn students!

Over the next 5 months, we will be working with donors to establish scholarships at Elkhorn’s newest high school, Elkhorn North High School. We are currently in discussions with an Elkhorn family on how they may help jumpstart investments in new scholarships so that ENHS seniors may have the same opportunities as our other Elkhorn high schools. If your family or business is interested in offering a scholarship at any of the Elkhorn high schools, please contact our Scholarship Coordinator, Genice Chochon, at gchochon@elkhornfoundation.org for more information. Paperwork for new scholarships or changes to existing scholarships must be finalized prior to October 1st, 2021.

Community-Funded Scholarship Winners at EHS

“Braver Than You Believe” ScholarshipWilliam Hartnett
Carl Riley Brodersen Memorial Baseball ScholarshipJoshua Osten
Carl Riley Brodersen Memorial Football ScholarshipAiden Young
Carl Riley Brodersen Memorial Softball ScholarshipJaycee Schutte
Carol S. Schlosser Memorial ScholarshipAvery Sufficool
Class of 1961 Memorial ScholarshipAbby Brune
Dennis Curtis – Class of ’64 ScholarshipDevynn de Velasco
Don Petersen Family ScholarshipGrant Gutschow
Don Petersen Family ScholarshipBrooke Hultquist
Don Petersen Family ScholarshipGavin Shea
Don Petersen Family ScholarshipAvery Sufficool
Edna Mae Bonney Memorial ScholarshipAbigail Nadgwick
EHS Achieving with Resilience & Perseverance: GRIT ScholarshipGrace Ferguson
EHS Band Booster ScholarshipAva DeLaGarza
Elkhorn Athletic Association ScholarshipJack Buddecke
Elkhorn Athletic Association ScholarshipLindsey Ellison
Elkhorn Grandview Middle School Booster Club ScholarshipMaya Groenjes
Elkhorn Grandview Middle School Booster Club ScholarshipBlake Kidder
Elkhorn Historical Society ScholarshipGrace Ferguson
Elkhorn Kids Campus Employee ScholarshipDavid English
Elkhorn Kids Campus Former Student ScholarshipHailee Janousek
Elkhorn Lawn Care Entrepreneur ScholarshipJosie Kenkel
Elkhorn Lions Club – Arnold Fencl ScholarshipJoshua Steckelberg
Elkhorn Middle School Booster Club ScholarshipRyan Akey
Elkhorn Optimist Club ScholarshipRyan Akey
Elkhorn Public Library Foundation
High School Scholarship
Caroline Nichols
Elkhorn Trap ScholarshipAbigail Metschke
Elkhorn Volunteer Rescue ScholarshipAbby Brune
G.E.A.R.S. Car Club – Gary Markmann Memorial ScholarshipJoshua Steckelberg
Gina Cyza Memorial ScholarshipMadeline Yardley
Hillrise Elementary PTO ScholarshipAbigail Van Blarcom
J.D. Heiskell & Co. Agriculture ScholarshipJacob Carbee
Judith Petersen Family Memorial ScholarshipAbby Brune
Judith Petersen Family Memorial ScholarshipTrevor Haugen
Judith Petersen Family Memorial ScholarshipLeah Jesske
Judith Petersen Family Memorial ScholarshipKaitlyn Oldham
Judith Petersen Family Memorial ScholarshipJacob Osten
Judith Petersen Family Memorial ScholarshipMorgan Sila
Kayla Wilkins Memorial ScholarshipAddison Thomas
Legacy Eyecare ScholarshipTrevor Haugen
Legacy Eyecare ScholarshipBecca Vala
Liz Dolph Memorial ScholarshipCaroline Nichols
Manchester Elementary PTO ScholarshipAva DeLaGarza
Manchester Elementary PTO ScholarshipSpencer Gordman
Margretta, Gladys and Mabel Hamann Memorial ScholarshipDalton Burkman
Mary Kaye Eggers Memorial ScholarshipCooper Simons
McArdle Grading Company ScholarshipAustin Bober
McArdle Grading Company ScholarshipParker Gamerl
Nate Pullen Memorial ScholarshipCole Wieseman
Nathan Waggoner Memorial ScholarshipEmma Pietrocini
Nebraska Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
Health & Wellness Scholarship
Nicole Kallio
Nick Alfrey Memorial ScholarshipEmma Pietrocini
pARTners ScholarshipRyan Akey
pARTners ScholarshipAnna Love
Philip E. Lawler Memorial ScholarshipAbigail Metschke
Powers Automotive Technical Career ScholarshipAustin Bober
Rick Christmas Memorial ScholarshipGannon Gragert
Sagewood Elementary PTO ScholarshipSydney Kucera
Sagewood Elementary PTO ScholarshipBrayden Zimmer
Secondhand Support, Inc. ScholarshipBlake Kidder
Seniors For Seniors ScholarshipJoanna Revers
Steve Kroymann Memorial ScholarshipAvery Sufficool
Stormin’ Antlers Swim Booster Club ScholarshipSydney Mencke
Stormin’ Antlers Swim Booster Club ScholarshipJoshua Uehling
Terry and Paulette Peters Memorial ScholarshipBrooke Hultquist
Terry and Paulette Peters Memorial ScholarshipSydney Mencke
The Ramsbottom Scholarship of DistinctionGrace Ferguson
Vic Porter Memorial ScholarshipDrew Christo
West Dodge Station Elementary PTO ScholarshipEmily Arnold
West O Chamber ScholarshipIsaac Merkley
Western Douglas County Rotary Club ScholarshipDevynn de Velasco
William Patton Science ScholarshipNatasha Ratnapradipa
Wortman/Bacus Commitment to Excellence ScholarshipDrew Christo
Wortman/Bacus Commitment to Excellence ScholarshipAiden Young

EPSF ACHIEVE Scholarships

The Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation (EPSF) funds the ACHIEVE Scholarship Program. Students who challenge themselves by taking 4 or more AP classes and are actively involved in their school and community are eligible for an ACHIEVE Scholarship. ACHIEVE Scholarship recipients will wear a special honor cord during their graduation ceremony in May.

This year, the Foundation is awarding 189 ACHIEVE Scholarships worth $202,800 to Elkhorn Public Schools’ seniors!

EPSF ACHIEVE Scholarship Winners at EHS

Shubhan AcharyaJaisa HoffartKayli Pham
Ryan AkeyHallie HornerEmma Pietrocini
Emily ArnoldBrooke HultquistMadelynn Preister
Christopher BednarAmy JacobDanika Ratnapradipa
Chloe BiddleHailee JanousekNatasha Ratnapradipa
Crew BischofLeah JesskeJoanna Revers
Megan BrunerIsabel JohnsonAshleigh Ritter
Jack BuddeckeNicole KallioVeronica Rohlfing
Dalton BurkmanJosie KenkelLogan Schultz
Jacob CarbeeLucas KenkelIan Sexton
Hailey CheekBlake KidderGavin Shea
Drew ChristoHannah KingMorgan Sila
Luke ColtvetDawson KlineCooper Simons
Ava DeLaGarzaTyler KlosterEllen Sneau
McKenna DerganSydney KuceraDavid Suarez-Guzman
Emma EverlyAllison LimleyAvery Sufficool
Steven FaltasAnna LoveEmily Theisen
Grace FergusonMegan MahlochAddison Thomas
William FordBen McElhoseAiden Trumble
Spencer GordmanSydney MenckeAngela Truong
Maya GroenjesAbigail MetschkeColton Uhing
Emma GrubbeJocelyn MulherinBecca Vala
Cooper HansonRileigh MullAbigail Van Blarcom
William HartnettAbigail NadgwickAlexis Watters
Benjamin HastreiterSean NguyenAlexis Welker
Trevor HaugenCaroline NicholsCole Wieseman
Mika HawkinsKaitlyn OldhamBrayden Zimmer
Marissa HenthornJacob OstenAbigail Zymola
Ella HoeghJoshua Osten

We’d like to thank our donors, scholarship representatives, and sponsors for their support of our scholarship program. We know that these scholarships are just the beginning of a pathway to a bright future for these recipients!

Congratulations to Our ESHS Scholarship Winners!

The Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation recognized our Elkhorn South High School scholarship winners at our Scholarship Recognition Ceremony on April 28th, 2021.

The Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation, Elkhorn South High School, the scholarship selection committees, and our scholarship sponsors are proud to recognize this year’s scholarship recipients for their many successes.

Congratulations to each of you. We are proud of your hard work and wish you the best as you embark on your next exciting adventure. Your commitment and dedication is an example to us all.

See Dwyer Photography proofs from the ESHS ceremony

Community-Funded Scholarships

The Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation currently administers 98 unique scholarship funds on the behalf of Elkhorn families, businesses, and organizations. This year, the Foundation is awarding 151 community-funded scholarships worth $209,500 to Elkhorn Public Schools’ seniors! We are extremely grateful for our scholarship donors, scholarship representatives, and volunteer selection committees (includes 285+ committee members!) who partner with the Foundation to provide these great scholarship opportunities for our Elkhorn students!

Over the next 5 months, we will be working with donors to establish scholarships at Elkhorn’s newest high school, Elkhorn North High School. We are currently in discussions with an Elkhorn family on how they may help jumpstart investments in new scholarships so that ENHS seniors may have the same opportunities as our other Elkhorn high schools. If your family or business is interested in offering a scholarship at any of the Elkhorn high schools, please contact our Scholarship Coordinator, Genice Chochon, at gchochon@elkhornfoundation.org for more information. Paperwork for new scholarships or changes to existing scholarships must be finalized prior to October 1st, 2021.

Community-Funded Scholarship Winners at ESHS

Barbara McLaughlin Memorial ScholarshipGuy Hunt
Becky Vinchur ScholarshipAlexis Borkowski
Building Independent Futures ScholarshipJackson Boll
Building Independent Futures ScholarshipMaslin Cox
Building Independent Futures ScholarshipPaige Hebner
Building Independent Futures ScholarshipJacob Schoemaker
Building Independent Futures ScholarshipTheodore Wagner
Building Independent Futures ScholarshipHunter Winkle
Career Focus Initiative ScholarshipMiguel Redlin
Don Nordlund ScholarshipHelen Anderson
Dr. Harriet Bluford Memorial ScholarshipDelanie Ferzely
Dr. Michelle Bluford Music ScholarshipElizabeth Watzke
Echelon Homes Construction & Engineering ScholarshipMiguel Redlin
Elkhorn Athletic Association ScholarshipBenjamin Morrow
Elkhorn Athletic Association ScholarshipJaci Vanderloo
Elkhorn Historical Society ScholarshipElizabeth Klassen
Elkhorn Kids Campus Employee ScholarshipDrew Dunham
Elkhorn Kids Campus Former Student ScholarshipCole Trisler
Elkhorn Lawn Care Entrepreneur ScholarshipElli Klein
Elkhorn Lions Club – Arnold Fencl ScholarshipMiguel Redlin
Elkhorn Optimist Club ScholarshipKyra Garlock
Elkhorn Public Library Foundation High School ScholarshipMarie Alukonis-Pfannenstiel
Elkhorn Ridge Middle School Booster Club ScholarshipSydney Fulton
Elkhorn Ridge Middle School Booster Club ScholarshipMatthew Wilson
Elkhorn South Choral Arts Booster ScholarshipTyler Parks
Elkhorn South Choral Arts Booster ScholarshipPaige Vose
Elkhorn Trap ScholarshipSam Devereaux
Elkhorn Valley View Middle School Booster Club ScholarshipAshley Fitts
Elkhorn Valley View Middle School Booster Club ScholarshipLogan Halley
Elkhorn Volunteer Rescue ScholarshipLuke Meisgeier
Elkhorn/Waterloo Area American Legion Post #211 ScholarshipRyan Swanson
Elkhorn Youth Sports Association Attack Basketball ScholarshipRyan Swanson
Elkhorn Youth Sports Association Elite Basketball ScholarshipAshley Franzen
ESHS Band Booster ScholarshipMadison Kent
ESHS Boys Basketball Booster ScholarshipJoseph Falk
ESHS Boys Soccer Booster Club ScholarshipJude Almquist
ESHS Boys Soccer Booster Club ScholarshipSamuel Sundstrom
ESHS Football Booster Club ScholarshipBenjamin Morrow
ESHS Football Booster Club ScholarshipNolan Parks
ESHS Football Futures ScholarshipJoseph Falk
ESHS Football Futures ScholarshipTeddy Prochazka
ESHS Girls Soccer Booster Club ScholarshipLillian Hulsey
ESHS Girls Soccer Booster Club ScholarshipMadison Kent
ESHS Softball Booster Club ScholarshipElizabeth Nelson
ESHS Softball Booster Club ScholarshipJaci Vanderloo
ESHS Volleyball Booster ScholarshipRylee Gray
ESHS Wrestling Booster ScholarshipGrant Kingston
Excellence in Action ScholarshipMarie Alukonis-Pfannenstiel
Excellence in Action ScholarshipJorge Artola
Fire Ridge Elementary PTO ScholarshipElizabeth Klassen
Fire Ridge Elementary PTO ScholarshipRyan Swanson
George A. & Mary W. Buck Memorial ScholarshipEmily Newman
J.D. Heiskell & Co. Agriculture ScholarshipGrace O’Neel
John Greufe Memorial ScholarshipTai Prauner
Kevin Riggert ScholarshipMarie Alukonis-Pfannenstiel
Legacy Eyecare ScholarshipCaden Connealy
Legacy Eyecare ScholarshipPaige Sutter
Margretta, Gladys and Mabel Hamann Memorial ScholarshipJorge Artola
Meridian Clinical Research Healthcare Career ScholarshipJorge Artola
Nate Pullen Memorial ScholarshipJaxson Jorth
Nebraska Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Health & Wellness ScholarshipElizabeth Nelson
Philip E. Lawler Memorial ScholarshipAnja Ziegler
Secondhand Support, Inc. ScholarshipPaige Sutter
Skyline Elementary PTO ScholarshipLuke Meisgeier
Spring Ridge Elementary PTO ScholarshipMaiah Phillips
Stormin’ Antlers Swim Booster Club ScholarshipGuy Hunt
Stormin’ Antlers Swim Booster Club ScholarshipMadison Kathol
Tom Roach Memorial ScholarshipZachary Axiotes
Trent Tiller Memorial ScholarshipMiguel Redlin
West Bay Elementary PTO ScholarshipKathryn Lytle
West O Chamber ScholarshipAlaina Newman
Western Douglas County Rotary Club ScholarshipAlyssa Finch
Westridge Elementary PTO ScholarshipMarie Alukonis-Pfannenstiel

EPSF ACHIEVE Scholarships

The Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation (EPSF) funds the ACHIEVE Scholarship Program. Students who challenge themselves by taking 4 or more AP classes and are actively involved in their school and community are eligible for an ACHIEVE Scholarship. ACHIEVE Scholarship recipients will wear a special honor cord during their graduation ceremony in May.

This year, the Foundation is awarding 189 ACHIEVE Scholarships worth $202,800 to Elkhorn Public Schools’ seniors!

EPSF ACHIEVE Scholarship Winners at ESHS

Jude AlmquistLillian HulseyOlivia Pereira
Marie Alukonis-PfannenstielGuy HuntMaiah Phillips
Jorge ArtolaEllen JesinaBrogan Posey
John AuritLuke JessenJaedyn Powers
Mia BaltzellMia JewettTai Prauner
Anna BazataCaitlin JudkinsChad Preble
Cole BerrettAlexis KaffenbergerKatherine Raymond
Maeve BotosBrian KardellMatthew Raymond
Maxwell BundeMadison KatholMiguel Redlin
Kedrin BurgMadison KentEllie Ringler
Madeline CampbellGrant KingstonTrygve Santelman
Morgan ChochonElizabeth KlassenLilyann Schied
Caden ConnealyElli KleinJack Shaver
Jonathan CoreyKelsie KonenBeau Simone
Josh DonahueElla KraudyAnna Stieren
Lauren DvorakOlivia KrauseSamuel Sundstrom
Joseph FalkMarvin LarwehPaige Sutter
Isabella FelsingLogan LloydRyan Swanson
Delanie FerzelyKathryn LytleMegan Thiebauth
Alyssa FinchSydney MackBlake Thompson
Tessa FioreJackson McNeillHenry Thomsen
Ashley FittsLuke MeisgeierCole Trisler
Robert FosterOlivia MindermanSpencer VanDenBroeke
Ashley FranzenGrace MoodyJaci Vanderloo
Sydney FultonBenjamin MorrowPaige Vose
Kyra GarlockSarah MuellerElizabeth Watzke
Enrique Garzon-PuenteNolan NavinSamuel Webster
Olivia GernhartElizabeth NelsonCharlie Whalen
Ellie GobleGrace NelsonNolan Williams
Rylee GrayAlaina NewmanMatthew Wilson
Aidan GreenEmily NewmanLauren Wright
Katelyn HansenNolan ParksGlenna Wyscarver
Sarah HaughawoutTyler ParksAva Zehr
Carter HerchenbachMadeline PayneAnja Ziegler
Anna Zingler

We’d like to thank our donors, scholarship representatives, and sponsors for their support of our scholarship program. We know that these scholarships are just the beginning of a pathway to a bright future for these recipients!

Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation Raises Over $50,000 during 2020 TEAM Campaign

Each year, the Foundation works with the Elkhorn Public Schools District to launch our TEAM Campaign.

The TEAM Campaign is our annual fundraiser where we ask Elkhorn Public Schools staff to support the Foundation by making a monthly pledge or one-time donation. By donating to our TEAM Campaign, they help us provide additional funding for Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation programs.

Congratulations to our TEAM Campaign Winners!

Elkhorn North High School, Elkhorn Middle School, and Westridge Elementary School were the schools that had the highest average staff donations during our TEAM Campaign. In exchange for their support, the Foundation is providing their teachers and staff with quarterly treats for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year!




Footage from 2020 TEAM Campaign

#GivingTuesday 2020

Please consider making a donation to our year-end campaign on December 1st, #GivingTuesday! It is with your crucial support that we are able to fund Classroom Grants, Scholarships, Math & Reading Assistance, Teacher Tuition Reimbursement, and more. Please read about our main programs below:

Classroom Grants

We enrich Elkhorn Public School education by providing multiple Classroom Grants to all 19 schools in the District, impacting Elkhorn students at every grade level


Scholarship Program

We administer scholarships on behalf of community businesses, families, and organizations. Together, our scholarship program has benefited thousands of graduating Elkhorn seniors.


“It truly means the world to me to have you believe in me and have invested in my future. Thank you so much.” -Kyler Beekman, 2020 Elkhorn High School Graduate & EPSF Scholarship Recipient


Kids in Need

We provide financial assistance to Elkhorn families in need, ensuring financial hardships do not stand in the way of our students’ physical, social, and emotional needs or their ability to achieve success within our schools.


Before/After School Math & Reading Intervention

We fund the numerous hours that our Elkhorn teachers spend outside their school day assisting the hundreds of elementary school students who need extra assistance in math and reading comprehension. This includes after school math & reading clubs.


“At first I didn’t think that my child would want to attend Math Club, but he LOVES it!  I have seen such improvement in the work he is doing!” -Emily Penry


Teacher Tuition Reimbursement

We encourage our Elkhorn teachers and teacher assistants to prioritize their continued education by providing partial tuition reimbursement. The Foundation provides thousands of dollars in tuition reimbursement every year.

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!


7 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

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.

Bids 4 Kids Virtual Auction Raises Over $36,000 for Elkhorn Public Schools Math & Reading Intervention Programs!

Students from the Spring Ridge Elementary School’s Math Club, a group funded by the Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation.

Although COVID-19 disrupted the Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation’s plans to hold a live fundraising event last spring, the Elkhorn community came together last week (virtually) and raised over $36,000 to help fund Math & Reading Before/After School Intervention Programs for Elkhorn Public Schools.

From September 1 to September 10, more than 360 members of the Elkhorn community participated in the Foundation’s online Bids 4 Kids Auction. Thanks to the generous participants and sponsors of Foundation events like Bids 4 Kids, the Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation provided $57,000 in funding towards Math & Reading Before/ After School Intervention Programs, helping over 500 students during the 2019-2020 school year!

“While we were quickly readjusting the event to take place online, we were unsure of how it would translate,” said Melanie Lucks, Marketing & Development Manager of the Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation. “Even though we really missed seeing all of the faces of our community and the fun that comes with a ‘night out in-person event,’ our fundraiser was still successful because of the amazing supporters of the Foundation.”

This year’s Bids 4 Kids event featured 245 auction items and experiences up for bid, many of which were donated by local businesses and families. Some of the most coveted items included a golf getaway to Dismal River Club, four lower bowl tickets to Maroon 5, Elkhorn Graduation Ceremony Packages, two lower bowl tickets to see comedian Joe Rogan, and a Husker Tailgate Package. 2,333 bids were made over the 10-day online auction.

“Thank you to everyone who participated in our online Bids 4 Kids auction!” said Stacey L. Falk, Executive Director of the Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation. “Because of our supporters, gracious event sponsors, and Foundation team, we are able to continue to provide programs that enrich education and expand opportunities for Elkhorn students!”

The Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes student achievement and the unity of our community and its public schools by encouraging, supporting, and recognizing excellence in innovative education, quality school programs, and civic involvement. We offer scholarships, classroom grants, before & after school care, teacher tuition reimbursement, and more.

To learn more about our organization and stay updated on our latest efforts and upcoming events, please consider following us on Facebook. If you’d like to learn more about volunteering or donation opportunities, please contact Melanie Lucks at (402) 289-1727 or mlucks@elkhornfoundation.org

10 Bids4Kids Auction Items Perfect for Your Next Home Project

Spruce up your home this Fall with these top 10 Bids 4 Kids auction items!

Remember, bidding closes Thursday, September 10th at 9:00 p.m.! If you see something you like, be sure to create/ update your secure online bidding account in advance by visiting www.qtego.net/qlink/eps!

Thank you for supporting a great cause!!!

Bids 4 Kids is one of our most important fundraisers of the year. The proceeds from the auction help fund the extra 2,000+ hours our EPS teachers spend outside the classroom aiding the 500+ elementary students who need extra assistance in math and reading. Thank you for supporting this event as well as Elkhorn schools, teachers, and students!

1. Fluff Interior Design

Auction Item #115 | Starting Bid: $260

Ready to add some fresh style to your home? This auction item features a 60″ x 45″ Canvas in a beautiful Gray color palette as well as a $100 Gift Card to Fluff Interior Design!


2. Owen’s Mowing & Gerst Painting

Auction Item #445 | Starting Bid: $250

Let Owen’s Mowing Service take care of your lawn with a $50 mowing and $250 fall clean up package. A locally owned Elkhorn company, Owen’s specializes in mowing, landscaping, fertilizer, weed control, and snow removal services. Also included in this package is a 1/2 day of painting from Gerst Painting valued at $200!


3. Reading Nook Essentials

Auction Item #494 | Starting Bid: $115

Calling all teachers, moms, and grandmas! This auction item has everything you need to create a cute and whimsical reading nook: A beautiful hand-decorated wooden bench, 6 classic kids books, 3 animal-themed storage cubes, a unicorn hooded blanket, a stuffed animal sloth set, and a ballerina doll– this package would be perfect for any home or classroom!


4. Design Consultation with Joan Interiors

Auction Item #508 | Starting Bid: $170

Freshen up your home with a 2-hour consultation with Joan Interiors designer Kris Patton, ASID. This auction item also includes a burl wood decorative tray. 


5. Photography Session with Multi-Images

Auction Item #503/504 | Starting Bid: $150

Book a family photoshoot and add life to any wall in your home! Let Multi-Images Photography capture your beautiful family moments with a photography session and $200 towards your portrait order. 


6. Pebble Lane Living Fountain

Auction Item #437 | Starting Bid: $75

Add some curb appeal to your home with this outdoor fiberglass electric fountain by Pebble Lane Living! This lovely LED bubbler fountain will add peace and tranquility to any outdoor space.


7. 4 Patio Chairs, Small Table, & Wine

Auction Item #444 | Starting Bid: $228

Enjoy hanging out in your backyard while sipping wine with these 4 Pebble Lance black swivel outdoor patio chairs and small black side table. This auction item also includes 4 wine glasses and a bottle of wine!


8. Pebble Lane Living Lanterns

Auction Item #438 | Starting Bid: $35

Brighten up any space with this set of 3 outdoor black metal indoor/outdoor lanterns featuring easy to open housing doors. The lanterns may also be displayed by hanging them from the top metal loop. Flameless candles included.


9. Rustic Yard Art & Mum

Auction Item #492/493 | Starting Bid: $40

Give your home a fun fall farmhouse vibe with this hand-crafted rustic iron yard art made by Elkhorn local Alan Rohwer. This auction item also includes a large yellow mum, perfect for autumn!


10. Deck the Walls

Auction Item #500-502 | Starting Bid: $25

Use these TWO $50 gift certificates to get the perfect frames for your artwork, photos, or memorabilia. Deck the Walls has knowledgeable design experts who are extensively trained to assist you in capturing just the right custom frame to complement your room, lifestyle, and budget! 


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This content is sponsored by our 2020 Bids 4 Kids Silver Sponsors CHI Health & Goldbergs. Thank you for your continued commitment to supporting our Elkhorn schools, teachers, and students!

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About Bids 4 Kids

Bids 4 Kids is an annual auction hosted by the Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation. Last year, more than 400 donors helped support our fundraiser by attending the event and/or bidding by phone. Together, we were able to raise over $49,000 to help fund our Before/ After School Math and Reading Student Intervention Program.

In the 2019-2020 school year, over 500 elementary students were identified as needing additional teaching instruction in math and reading. With your generous support, we’re able to continue to help fund the additional teacher instructional time that students need to help improve their overall reading and math comprehension. Thank you!

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