Panel Earns Respect, Appreciation from Educators

A panel of Avenue Scholars was rewarded with a standing ovation from a group of teachers and caregivers at a Buffet Early Childhood Conference, held Friday, Dec. 4, at the Kroc Center. “It means a lot,” said Ralston senior Emily Schirmbeck said. “I wanted to cry. It was so neat that they were there for us.” In addition to Schirmbeck, […]

Avenue Scholars ‘Life-Changer’ for Ralston Senior

Three years ago, Ralston senior Hazel Larsen could not envision herself earning a high school diploma.Now, under the guidance of Talent Advisor Amy Rector, Larsen has two part-time jobs and is on track to graduate a semester early. “Avenue Scholars changed my life,” Larsen says. “My freshman year, I didn’t even think I would make it  through high school. I was not […]

Scholar Follows Family Path in Education Career

Micka Baker, an Omaha Benson 2014 graduate and now a sophomore at Metropolitan Community College, looks forward to some day becoming an elementary teacher. “My grandma was a teacher, and a principal at Druid Hill Elementary, “ Baker said. “She retired when I was a kid.” And Baker’s mother is a school bus driver, so a career in education has been an attractive draw. […]

Spanish, People Skills Lead Scholar to Job at Mercedes

With a new interest in meeting people and her ability to speak Spanish, Cecilia Benitez-Degante was in the right place at the right time when a Mercedes-Benz customer was having difficulty communicating with personnel at the car dealership. “The person needed translation help, and I was able to help. That sealed the deal,” says Benitez-Degante regarding an offer by Mercedes-Benz to […]

Scholars Gain Inspiration From Freedom Writers

In 1994, as an idealistic English teacher at Wilson High School in Long Beach, California, Erin Gruwell, confronted a room of “unteachable, at risk” students. She and her students, using the treasured books Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl and Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Sarajevo as their guides, undertook a life-changing odyssey against intolerance and misunderstanding. They learned to see the parallels in these books to […]

Carlos Jeronimo Ramirez

Carlos Jeronimo Ramirez, a 2016 Omaha Bryan graduate, is already building an impressive resume in the construction management industry — well ahead of obtaining his Associate Degree in Construction Management this May. During his high school summers Ramirez roofed houses, working for Absolute Construction, A&P, and Apple Roofing. Now, as a paid intern for Legacy […]

Viviana Molina

“I have always wanted to help little kids,” says Viviana (Vivi) Molina, a 2018 Millard South graduate. “That [desire] grew into helping people of all ages.” Molina, presently working at full-time at Brookstone Village, a skilled nursing center in Omaha, and going to school full-time at Metropolitan Community College to obtain her Licensed Practical Nursing […]

Young Professionals Summit

Avenue Scholars Foundation will host its first Young Professionals Summit for about 200 post-secondary and 30 high school students in the Avenue Scholars program on Friday, November 15 at the Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel and Convention Center from 8:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The summit will provide youth with personal and professional development workshops and […]