The most important thing we, as a society, can do is invest in the next generation.

Education

Impact Investing: The Foundation's significant program-related investment is at the Scott Campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. It has developed three major projects to support the University's technology and business curriculum; student housing facilities, a Tier III data center and a business incubation center.

Scholarships: The Foundation is a funder of merit-based higher education scholarships at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Walter's alma mater of Colorado State University, with smaller programs at several other universities.

In all cases, scholarships are awarded through the universities in accordance with established award criteria. The Foundation does not directly award scholarships.

Community

The Foundation's community priorities include program and capital related initiatives that make Omaha a vibrant and livable city, ensures that Omaha offers enrichment opportunities and helps people in need to achieve self-sufficiency.

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium: The Foundation's support has led to transformational and innovative exhibits including the Suzanne & Walter Scott Aquarium and African Grasslands.

Civic: The Foundation's leadership in the support of local health care has brought significant projects to fruition for Omaha area health systems, including Children's Hospital and Medical Center, the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Buffett Cancer Center.

The Foundation's leadership and support helped to bring new events spaces such as TD Ameritrade Park (home of the College World Series) and Baxter Arena to Omaha. Through grants to Nebraska Game and Parks it has also provided important enhancements to the education and conservation of local natural resources.

Omaha Award: The Omaha Award was created as a way for the Foundation to be proactive in effecting transformational change. This award to a nonprofit or consortium of nonprofits can be up to one million dollars. Applications are by invitation only.

On a periodic basis, the Foundation will identify a problem or opportunity of interest to the Omaha community and invite selected nonprofits to develop and submit a comprehensive proposal. To learn more, please visit Omaha Award.

Youth Development

Suzanne & Walter Scott's passion for developing the next generation can be seen across many organizations that focus on helping young people develop into productive adults.

Boy Scouts: Walter Scott's own personal experiences as a young man through participation in the Boy Scouts has inspired leadership support that is shaping the next generation. There is a proud legacy of Eagle Scouts within the Scott Family who have earned this highest award and achievement. The Foundation's support on both a local and national level has helped to transform the Boys Scouts Summit and create new leadership and training opportunities within the Omaha metro area.